Practice without renunciation is avoidance. Renunciation without practice is not long-lived. Together, practice and renunciation make all our dreams possible.
Rolf Gates, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
Day 6 – For years, I awoke and rose at 3:55 a.m., shuffled out to the porch with a half-cup of coffee and a big glass of water, and jumped around, pounding my feet and joints into their current somewhat decrepit state of present moment. I was convinced that this movement was the answer. I maintained a precarious, yet disciplined, schedule, ate small doses of food spread strategically throughout the day, and collapsed in bed at 6 p.m., ready to do it all again. And, like all things this regimen, I became too tired, hungry, and injured, to do this.
Abhyasa, practice, and vairagya, nonattachment or renunciation, work hand-in-hand. I use to believe that renunciation…
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