Vairagya // Non-Attachment

I have always been a fighter, even at that time in life when I was extremely introverted. I would stand still, or keep going in my direction, even when bullied and socially excluded. I have never been a quitter: if I believe in something, I just don’t walk away. Actually, the more I was bullied, the strongest I became. However, this attitude of attachment to results, to states of mind, to goals, to perfection, to demonstrate how tough I could be led me to extreme unhappiness. –
My yoga practice taught me the value of non-attachment, of Vairagya. Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment) work together in yoga: they balance each other, they complement each other. Abhyasa is also the effort, the conviction, the steadiness. But Vairagya is the courage to let go of your fears, false expectations, surrender to the fact that there are things we cannot control, and accept that we cannot own anything or bend everything to your will. –
For me, this pose of today is the ultimate example of the power of Abhyasa and Vairagya. I had practiced it for a long, long time. First without bending the knee, then with a strap, then on a block, then I even stopped, then I just let go of the possibility of grabbing my toe with a flipped grip on the shoulder. I was like: “fine. This doesn’t work. I will just do my practice, try it, but I will not force this on my body anymore”. Today THE MAGIC happened. I was showing it to my sister, explaining how “the final expression would be, flipping your shoulders and grab…” AND I GRABBED MY TOE. For the first time!! I was astonished. I couldn’t believe it and I started to smile, smile so deeply and I made the connection: THIS IS THE POWER OF VAIRAGYA. –
The moral is: never stop believing that you can. Do your abhyasa. YOU CAN! You can do whatever you want to do. But if you detach from the end result, and do it with love and letting go of expectations, that’s when you manifest it. That’s when the magic happens! While your mind is still, and you are HAPPY!

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