Oh just some thoughts on attachment, suffering, and the weather...


How are you? I hope this email finds you well. How about that weather lately? I know the extra bit of warmth and sunshine lately has been just what the doctor ordered for me, although I'm already thinking of how much I'll be complaining once it reeeaaally starts to heat up around here hahaa! And how about these occasional cloudy days? So cozy and refreshing. Although we have pretty consistent weather here, in Phoenix, compared to other places in the U.S. (ahem! I'm talking about you, Michigan!), whenever the weather fluctuates or we move into a new season, it's a reminder that all things in life will eventually change. And to be okay with it! This helps us stay in the present moment, rather than wishing the moment away, which brings stress and suffering. Patanjali was one of the great grandfathers of yoga and wrote the Yoga Sutras at least 1,700 years ago (one of the ancient texts that helped lay the foundation of the yoga philosophy we know today). In Sutra II.15, he writes (translated from the original Sanskrit version) "The wise person understands that suffering occurs in all living things due to constant change...". The one thing we can depend on in this life is that things will always change, the weather included. So our practice as yogis, on the mat and off, is to practice non-attachment. This is a part of Patanjali's ideas called the 8-limbs of yoga (Aparigraha is the word for non-attachment in Sanksrit). The less attached we are to keeping things as we want them, or as we think they should be, or as they used to be, the less suffering we'll experience. According to Ecclesiastes in the bible (which we think was written by the wise Solomon), "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"... it continues with this beautiful poem about how there's a time weep and a time to laugh, a time to live and a time to die... there is a time for everything. Even cloudy days and sunny days. And our beautiful Spring and then that HOT summer. And it's okay. This is our practice.

Love and light, Chantal