Yoga creates the space that allows us to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually

Each one of us needs the space to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.

It is easier to visualise the requirement of physical space to grow anything e.g. body, plant, and building all need a space to grow. As per the Ayurveda, our body is made up of five elements viz. Earth, water, fire, air, and space. Space is the pre-requisite of all the elements to exists. When the space between the joint is reduced, we experience, extreme pain in that area. This can happen because of various reasons e.g. our sedentary lifestyle, food habits, and stressful work environment. Yogic breathing techniques and postures help in regaining the lost space, and that’s how we experience more flexibility and light with regular yoga practice.

However, it is a bit difficult to perceive the role of space in our mental growth. It is directly linked how do we acquire knowledge and whether that knowledge is correct or not? Sometimes our mental growth gets stifled because of our belief system, and wrong knowledge. Over a period, our upbringing environment lay the foundation of our belief system. This belief system may or may not be conducive to healthy mental growth. It may create rigid boundaries, not allowing free inflow of new information leading to the incorrect understanding of the situation. Did you ever try to question what the basis of your belief system is? For example, if my I have a belief system that all rich people have accumulated their wealth through corrupt means, indirectly I am justifying my poor living conditions and prohibiting myself in making an effort to get rich because I can’t get rich and honest at the same time. Each one of us should review one’s belief system on a regular basis, especially if one is not making progress on his chosen path.

To grow spiritually, one needs to go even deeper and certainly need the grace, gratitude, and a Guru to realise that freedom of space. Spiritually we all are made up of the same consciousness, the universal consciousness. However, it is tough to comprehend and to practice in real life. We get caught up in likes and dislikes. To see beyond the likes and dislikes creates the space for spiritual growth.

References:

  1. Patanjali Yoga Sutra- A commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  2. Various talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the public forums (The founder of the Art of Living organisation).
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