On this fine day we will look into Brahmacharya: Moderation and Use of Energy, the fourth principle in the Yamas. But lets check back first to what we already know.
-The Yamas are 5 basic ethical principles to live by. Things we can do everyday to improve our happiness and the happiness of the people around us.
-The first principle, Ahimsa, is Non-Violence. It means more than just not being cruel to those around us. It means we should always be considerate of those around us. Those around us and actually every little thing on this earth including ourselves!
-The second principle, Satya, is Truthfulness. Speak your truth with good intentions. Be honest with yourself about how you feel, you are allowed to feel however it is that you do. When we are first honest with ourselves it becomes easier to speak our truth to the world.
-The third principle, Asteya, is Non-Stealing. This means of course to never take something that doesn’t belong to you. But that “something” does not just mean a physical possession. That “something” also means time, moments, energy etc.
Brahmacharya: Proper use of Energy and Moderation seem like completely different things but really work hand-in-hand.
Brahmacharya is literally translated from Sanskrit to English as celibacy. Way back in the day, Yogis were encouraged to save their sexual energy and use it as a tool to become closer to the Divine. Honestly in our day and age this concept is simply unrealistic, but there is still a way to use our energy constructively on our paths to enlightenment. Moderation! By moderating our intake of pleasurable substances, experiences etc., we can harvest the energy that remains and use it to become closer to your Divine Power. As my sweet dear Grandmother used to say “Everything in moderation”. She was so wise!
I’m sure you’ve noticed how too much of something you enjoy can turn bad. For example how too much fun in the sun will make your skin burn like hell fire or how too many drinky poos on Friday night can ruin your entire weekend. The aftermath of these over consumptions uses up our good energy to heal our bodies. Which is actually a good thing BUT it’s heal our bodies from something bad that could have been easily prevented if only we would have sat in the shade or gone home at a reasonable hour. When we practice moderation we can store up that good energy and use it to our advantage, as we choose and not just to try and sooth out aches and pains!
It happens too often that we become victims to our senses. We smell something good and we have to eat it, we see something pretty and we have to have it. By living life this way we become greedy and unhappy. If we always want something we will never truly be satisfied with what we already have, and for most of us what we already have is more than enough!
Try to live the purist life possible for you. I’m not saying don’t indulge sometimes; enjoy the small things! But try to keep your senses in check but appreciating all the great things you already have by living in the moment. Be present and mindful!
Hope you stop by tomorrow for the last for the 5 Yamas. Have a beautiful day!