Yoga is holistic. This means it takes care of the whole of you. Your physical health, psychological happiness, spiritual well being, relationships with people, and with all life around you.
Beautifully and aptly, therefore, the ancients called it ‘yoga.’
Yoga means ‘union.’ It comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ – ‘to unite or yoke.’
But to unite what?
It means you unite everything – your actions, words, and thoughts with your deepest Self and everything around you. Your life should become the dance of life itself, in tune with mother nature, and in tune with your Self. Everything should be integrated in elegant harmony.
This includes your conscience.
Your conscience is connected to your Self.
The ancient yogis called your conscience the pragna or sakshi. If there’s a deficiency or mismatch in your thoughts, words, and deeds, it’s difficult to experience total peace and wellness. Your mind will be in a state of unrest due to ‘assault of the conscience’ (pragnaaparaadha).
Scientists call this condition ‘dissonance.’
The mind will be agitated, and till it becomes still again, you won’t be able to experience genuine happiness. In fact, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and illness.
If the conscience is injured, the mind cannot be well. If the mind is unwell, the body cannot be well. Neither can your decision-making or actions.
The challenge is that we are often so busy with our lives that we are unaware of the assault on our conscience that lingers in the back of our minds. We may be even less aware about how it affects our health, happiness, well being, and long term success.
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