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Will = way

It’s cliche, I know, but it’s also true: Where there’s a will there’s a way. I’m seeing this more clearly than ever before, particularly now that I understand the will won’t always necessarily be my own.

I’ve talked about isvara recently–the 5th niyama that refers to surrender. But last night while reading Emotional Yoga I realized that the 5th yama, aparigraha, is closely related. Aparigraha means not wanting more than you need; having a desire but not clinging to it. For me, this means knowing that I want to teach without becoming neurotic trying to make that happen.

Obviously if I sit around and do nothing, I am not going to achieve my goal (unless by divine intervention, which I won’t rule out, but am not depending on, either). But if I am so busy fretting about the future that I forget to dwell in the present, I’m not doing myself any favors. I’m here, now, for a reason. Desire is fine and good, but so are my current circumstances.

I’m grateful to have my will, and it’s open to interpretation. As for the way, I trust it’ll become visible as long as I stay calm enough to see it.

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Love > fear