Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee – which you hold most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.
Desire is will. Every strong desire has a great deal of will locked up in it; the problem is that usually we do not have any control over it. In a compulsive desire, all that will goes into satisfying only that desire. Every time you can turn against a strong desire, therefore, it immediately strengthens your will.
You will also find your physical and emotional health improving, your relationships deepening, and your energy increasing. These are signs that you are going forward. The desire to go against selfish desires is the surest sign of grace.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to study the fifth limb of Yoga: Pratyahara. Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses or the refinement of the senses. The work of practicing pratyahara is to have the perspective and discrimination to not be drawn into the foray of mind stuff about the goings on in the world. See how your Yoga practices can help you develop more discrimination, especially as it relates to desires. What is the end result when we become more aware of our desires and evaluate them in light of their impact on our relationships?
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