Monthly Archives: July 2014

Diligence + Non-attachment = …

sutraIt’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve updated Straight to Downdog. At first, I was wracked with guilt for letting this go. Two weeks went by, a month. Then six months later I supposed I’d just let it fizzle and avoid it. But now just under a year later, after being re-inspired by my oldest friend’s extraordinary blogging (you’ve got to check out BlogSociety and LittlePaperTrees), I’ve decided it’s time to start again.

I’ve always wanted my posts to have some real content, which was one reason why I struggled with keeping it going. There’s only so much I can say about yoga and living well without being a nag, really.

Another reason was I simply felt I had no bloody time. But, then, to be honest, I always find time to watch Bravo. And though everyone needs some down time, (I hope your downtime is spent doing more enlightening things than daydreaming about having Andy Cohen’s job), I think it’s completely reasonable to commit to at least one post a month.

At HOME we recently started a Sutra Circle and began discussing the sutra concerning abhyasa and vairagyabhyam — crazy sounding sanskrit words which sometimes translate as, “Persistent and diligent effort with non-attachment to the result.”

Do we do things only for what is attained in the end? Do we only practice asana (the physical form of yoga) to nail that arm balance? Clearly, the answer is no, although overcoming whatever obstacle stopped you from achieving the arm balance is quite gratifying. The diligent effort paid off.

In much the same way, for me writing this blog is not about attracting as many followers as possible, although that would be lovely. It’s not about me trying to change anyone’s mind about yoga, which be lovelier. Simply writing about what I love and sharing it is gratifying enough. It’s the practice of sharing and finding more clarity in the process that matters. It’s also a compass that keeps me honest. I’ve got the non-attachment part down, (in this context only). Now, I just need to work on the persistent and diligent effort, without letting a glass of wine and Ramona Singer get in my way.

So here we go again…and hold me to it, because I do truly enjoy writing. It’s what I did in my past life before I made yoga my main squeeze.