Yoga Sutra I.1: Hey! Listen up

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I was born pre-home computers.  In the summer between my 8th and 9th grade year I took a summer class called “typing”.  I guess we still call it “typing” when we write with a computer keyboard.  It’s such an old word.  It must go back to the days of “typesetting” on the printing press or something.  But I have this thing about wanting to write by hand.  I think differently when I use a pen vs. a keyboard.  Not that one is better than the other. I just process differently depending on which I choose.

Cheri Huber, a Zen master that I discovered maybe 15 years ago, writes books that I love to read about how to find happiness and “Zen”.  She’s very practical in what she writes.  I loved reading her books when I discovered them, in part, because they were hand-written and I loved her handwriting and simple and sweet sketches she added.  Her book inspired my book “The Holding Space Practice” in that I added some simple hand sketches that I managed to draw.

That’s a long explanation for the fact that I am writing my research and ideas by hand in a little notebook.  It is the best way for me to process the material.  Here are my handwritten notes.  Top left corner has the Sanskrit with the traditional translation under it.  The words are broken into definitions and then another translation is written below the title. (click on page for larger version)

Atha Yoga.  Now.  It’s about being present.  It’s about choosing to focus.  It is connecting with someone that has more knowledge, experience and wisdom and opening up to receiving what they offer you.  It is being honest with yourself and really listening, not just pretending to listen.  It is both a decision and a practice.

Now.  Here right now.  If you notice your mind wandering, you gently bring it back to now.  So simple, yet not so easy.

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