30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 28 featuring B.K.S. Iyengar
“Why think of liberation at some future time? Liberation is in the little things, here and now.”
I’ll never forget a moment during a course on yoga I was taking down in Costa Rica. I had been teaching and studying yoga at this point for about 5 years and was taking a course specifically for yoga educators. I remember thinking that I was failing as both a student and teacher of yoga because I’d never experienced enlightenment. I never even considered yogic freedom being within my reach. I always imagined it light years away. One morning, during the course, we were studying Patanjali’s 8-limbed path and discussing the final limb, Samadhi or liberation. Our teacher told us that we had all experienced this freedom. We were, of course, perplexed. He explained to us that we experience moments of pure yogic enlightenment when we are present in bliss. For example, when we first wake up in the morning and stretch before a single thought enters our mind. This moment of pure awareness, although only a fleeting glimmer, is precisely what liberation feels like because it is, in fact, liberation.
As B.K.S. Iyengar points out, liberation is available to everyone at any point in their lives. There is no use dangling it like a carrot to be achieved someday, far away. It is available to us now we only need to be present to experience it. We only need to acknowledge it to feel the liberation of it.
Are you like I was – thinking liberation is difficult to achieve? Can you now picture those moments of liberation in your everyday? Will you hold them precious now that you know them for what they are? Share your thoughts, ideas or struggles with liberation or staying present in our Facebook Group! (if you’re not a member yet, just click join).