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Breaking Non-violent Patterns


Happiness is within our grasp. All we need to begin the path to experiencing happiness is to begin yoga, in particular, the five yamas (restraints), as I mentioned in my last writing.

I have learned a lot from my work with the five restraints; namely, with my practice of ahimsa (non-harming), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (moderation of the senses) and aparigraha (non-possessiveness). Each of these is challenging, especially because our United States culture reinforces the opposite practices. This external reinforcement supports the samskaras (our unconscious patterns of thinking and acting) in ways that eventually lead to deep unhappiness. Just look at the world today and how unhappy people seem to be. Practicing the yamas is very challenging.