Body, Mind, Spirit Magazine

Reflections on Self-Restraint and Moderation

By Nadine
Today I am reflecting on the fourth Yama: Brahmacharya. This is traditionally interpreted as celibacy, but modern interpretations tend to have changed it a bit.
Let's look at the traditional definition first. Celibacy is the absence of sexual activities. Why is this part of Yoga? The idea is that when we have sex we release some of our vital energy. Yoga strives to redirect that energy. But certainly celibacy is not for everyone. From a sexual standpoint this has also been interpreted as sexual respect, monogamy or marital fidelity.
But how does Brahmacharya relate to the rest of our lives? Doing anything in excess taps our vital energy. So Brahmacharya guides us to self-restraint and moderation. Not eating too much. Not partying too much. Not working too much. Not talking too much. Not accumulating too much.
Fabulous advice. How am I doing with Brahmacharya? I have a tendency towards excess. I have a very "all-or-nothing" mindset. And I've been working on that for the past decade.
I am getting much better at the practice of moderation. Of realizing that when my balance is off, that quietly sitting in the middle helps bring me back to balance quicker than running in the opposite direction. That usually a little bit of anything is nearly as satisfying as a whole lot of it. That moderation makes room in my life for more varied experiences.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Shilo Sanders- Son Of Deion Sanders Thanks Courts For Allowing Him To Live With...

    Shilo Sanders- Deion Sanders Thanks Courts Allowing Live With Pilar

    ChristianNews Shilo Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer,  Deion Sanders took to twitter to “thank” the courts for allowing him to live with his mother, Pilar... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Firstladyb
  • “I Feel Great”

    Feel Great”

    Jakub went to his doctor's office believing that he had a back injury, but returned with a chocking diagnosis instead. He had type 2 diabetes - in spite of... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Dietdoctor
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Chrryblossomtat2
  • Culinary Delicacies in Croatia- What to Eat and Drink in Croatia

    Culinary Delicacies Croatia- What Drink Croatia

    In my earlier post, we spoke about how Croatia is a stunning European destination, let us now see what are the culinary delicacies in Croatia or what you can... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Kash Pals
  • #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: The Delta Putt

    #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: Delta Putt

    Do you consider yourself to be a strong putter or do you feel you could improve your make percentage on the green? Most amateurs could use help with the flat... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Golfforbeginners
  • Three Incredible Hikes in Southern Iceland3 Min Read

    Three Incredible Hikes Southern Iceland3 Read

    Nature takes center stage in Iceland, where there's a stunning view around every bend: massive glaciers, expansive lava fields, powerful waterfalls, black sand... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Healthytravelblog
  • What I Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    What Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    Pajama top: ELOQUII (14) | Pajama pants: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: J. Crew ( same in different colors, similar concept in same color) |... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Wardrobeoxygen