Recently as I was spring cleaning I came across a book I read whilst studying English literature as a teenager. “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. Have you read it? At the time it made a mark on me in a way that was difficult to describe. It touched and resounded deep within me and the re-discovery of this little book inspired me to share this post.
Later as I study yoga I can see a nice link between the essence of Jonathan´s spirited journey and the wisdom of Patanjali´s sutra 1.14. on the topic of ones yoga practice.
“When that practice is done for a long time, without a break, and with sincere devotion, then practice becomes a firmly rooted, stable and solid foundation.”
Without some kind of practice there can be no fruits. Without patience there can be no foundation. Often we get started, practice for some weeks, months, even years, and then we stop due to life situations. Later we start again. Surely it is good that we begin again, but we should acknowledge that one of the most important principles of yoga is that we continue our practice without a break.
That is why the practice should be something we know we will be able to maintain over time…