Slayin’ the Ego

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a great reminder that yoga is a highly spiritual practice requiring hard work and dedication. But Patanjali barely talks about asanas, probably because they are “just preparation” for the ultimate work : the one we do off the mat and into our daily life, the one that will ultimately lead to the destruction of our worst enemy: our ego. Practicing off the mat means paying attention to our thoughts, words and actions and asking ourselves if they come from our loving soul or from our scared, needy ego. Ego needs attention, gratification. It doesn’t want to let go, to give ground. Practicing off the mat means recognizing when our ego steps in and gently pushing it away: “yes, I see you, I hear you & I understand you. But you have to go now, I don’t need you. I am safe. I am whole. I am love.”

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