By #Jennie Lee
(Excerpt) ‘’Up and down … up and down. Isn’t this how we feel most of the time? We fluctuate between feeling good and bad, happy and sad. We like this and dislike that. We try to attract joy and we attempt to avoid suffering. We act and react, over and over again …
These opposite states of experience are described in yoga philosophy as obstacles along our path to freedom….
Raga and dvesa are among the five kleshas or blocks that Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras identifies as states of being that contribute to our spiritual ignorance (avidya). Until we can bring these emotional fluctuations under conscious control, we are at the mercy of our preconditioned patterns.
According to the Yoga Sutras, the purpose of yoga is to still the fluctuations of the mind to perceive our true nature. We will never be able to dwell within our changeless essence if we are always tossed around by that which changes, otherwise known as the ego self.
We must practice even-mindedness to overcome our tendencies to move toward raga or dvesa.’’
Click here to read about the six spiritual practices to help balance your emotions and leave you more even-keeled.