In the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali it is said that: “Yoga is an effort to separate the Atman (The Reality) from the non-Atman (the Apparent)”
This sentence reminded me of a book I’ve recently read, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. In this book, Don Miguel, who is a Shaman, talks about what he calls the mitote: “Your whole mind is a fog which the Toltec called a mitote. Your mind is a dream where a thousand people talk at the same time, and nobody understands each other. This is the condition of the human mind – a big mitote, and with that big mitote you cannot see what you really are. (…) Everything you believe about yourself and the world, all the concepts and programming you have in your mind, are all the mitote. (…) We create an image of how we should be in order to be accepted by everybody. (…) We create this image, but this image is not real. (…) Not being perfect we reject ourselves.”
The non-Atman and the Mitote, for me sound very similar.
The more we go in life, the more we learn.
My first learning tool still are books. They bring me tangible tools: words. I can write them, speak them up, share them. They are at the tip of my pen and people can read them and then interpret them as they wish...
My second tool for learning is Yoga. A bit less tangible, as we all are unique, and what I can do with my body on the left side, I can’t do on the right side (yes we are not symmetrical!). What my hyper flexible friends can do I can’t do and will never be able to do (Love you girls!). But I can still share my practice and people can see it, participate and interpret it as they wish.
Both those tools allows me to learn, to understand the differences between people, cultures, countries, and so on and so forth. Finally learning and understanding allows me to accept the difference, in any shape of form. And Yoga has helped me feel this acceptance in my body, towards myself and anyone else.
I guess we all have our very own "Reality" and our very own "Apparent" and it is for us to find a way to distinguish one from the other.
Here is just what Yoga means to me at this moment of my life:
Yoga feels like a garden
It’s like I have found my very own space,
Even though it can be noisy and messy I feel relaxed and serene
Yoga is the space where I look at my Fear with a smile and we hang out like old friends
It is where I can chill out with my emotions
Like when I go out with my girls: careless
Yoga is the remote control in my life
I can silence the noise and focus on the images
I can travel incognito
No one judges