What Is Aparigraha?

“What do I need to let go of so that I can make way for what I truly want?”

This week we turn our attention to Aprigraha or appreciation; the last of the five Yamas or restraints. Every day we have a new opportunity to show gratitude for all the things we have in our life and for all the things we wish to have. From the moment our feet touch the floor when we wake up in the morning we can thank them for carrying us throughout our day; to the water that cleanses us as we shower. From the gas and electric that warms and lights our home to the food we nourish our bodies with. By choosing to express gratitude even in the moments when we feel we do not have enough we open the door for abundance to enter

By observing and acknowledging the positive of lesson to be learned in every situation, we shift our mindset to becoming more proactive rather than reactive, and this in turn, empowers us to respond more positively to challenging situations in the future. We have all been wronged but by actively seeking the lesson and being thankful for what it taught us we become stronger both mentally and emotionally

Practicing Aparigraha (gratitude) in accordance with Astheya (generosity) we begin to notice more balance in our lives. We start to appreciate the happiness that comes from within rather than seeking fulfilment in external objects or materials things, which may bring short term happiness but this cannot be sustained when we feel stressed, anxious or down

I hope you found this article informative and helpful. Join me on Wednesday where I'll be sharing some suggestions for how we can apply Aparigraha to our everyday lives

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