Action in the Midst of Inaction

The Bhagavad Gita

Today we look at a quote from The Bhagavad Gita and how we can take action to incorporate it into our yoga and meditation practice.

This is a quote comes from The Bhagavad Gita, translation by Eknath Easwaran.

” The true nature of action is difficult to grasp.  You must understand what is action and what is inaction, and what kind of action should be avoided.”

“The wise see that there is action in the midst of inaction and inaction in the midst of action.  Their consciousness is unified, and every act is done with complete awareness.”

Consider all aspects of your yoga practice and how you could apply these quotes to it.  During asana practice is each movement done with complete awareness?  Or do we habitually move and place ourselves?  Is our movement mindful or are we looking at the time or wondering what to have for our evening meal?

It’s all too easy to become distracted and to have our minds in some distant place while our body moves by repeating a pattern.  It can be the same with our meditation practice too.

So, next time you come to your mat or to your cushion, set your intention for your practice.  Try setting your intention as “to practice with complete awareness of mind, body and breath”.  If your attention wanders, restate your intention.  Notice how stating your intention changes your practice.  Then each time you come to your mat or cushion set an intention that’s right for you in that moment.

And don’t forget to let us know how you get on.


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