"The cause of our suffering , however, is not our imperfection but our mistaken belief in our imperfection. Acting under the erroneous assumption that we are imperfect, we reach outside of ourselves to create balance, to end our suffering….All of our effort, all our striving merely worsens our situation and deepens our conviction that we are somehow flawed. " - Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison
The fourth yama, or self-regulating behavior, that yogic philosophy invites us to practice is brahmacharya: continence or right use of energy. For us Type A folks who are often externally, achievement-oriented, I believe essential message of this yama is centered on balance of effort and ease.
What is enough?
Where can we let go?
Where do we need to focus on non-doing, non-striving, non-perfecting, non-obsessing?
Can we just be?
Instead of moving through the world on autopilot, numbing discomfort with more effort, brahmacharya asks us to notice and intentionally choose what's called for just now.
Perhaps, we need to ease up.
Interested in learning about the intersections of other yamas and Type A Yoga? Read more:
- Type A Yoga & Ahimsa (non-violence)
- Type A Yoga & Satya (non-lieing)
- Type A Yoga & Asetya (non-stealing)