The Yogic State, Part 3: Life Is Where You Find It
In the preceding chapters, I showed that practicing the Yoga postures entails practicing being in the yogic state. Furthermore, I suggested that this practice is transformative, that we can readily enter the yogic state for all kinds of daily activities. The activities I described -- going upstairs, waiting on line, working on some project -- tended to be brief and episodic. However, this psychological condition of focused attention, of feeling calm and relaxed, of being nonjudgmental, is relevant to the most fundamental conditions of living.
I discovered this for myself in an incident about 15 years ago. My daughter, then in her early 20s, woke me from a sound sleep at about 2 a.m. on a cold, snowy night. She had just gotten home, and was breathlessly frantic as she spoke to me. Her car had stalled in the snow in the middle of a hill not far from the house. She was not able to restart the engine or to budge the car. It now blocked the road. She ended with "Dad, you've got to help me." After putting on boots and my winter coat, I found a couple of snow shovels and went out with her into the storm. The car was indeed stuck in a drift
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Publication information: Book title: The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga:Paths to a Mature Happiness. Contributors: Marvin Levine - Author. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 111.