Fences, Freedom, and Viveka

Refining how and to what we say “yes” and “no” in the world is one of the purposes of the yoga practices.  The dedicated yogin seeks ever-growing discernment (viveka) of his or her own limits for the purpose of living ever more expansively and in fact more freely than is possible for those who fight against or ignore limits.

If we stick up or hold onto fences and defenses where they are not needed, we miss the opportunity to connect.  Conversely, if we fail to honor the extraordinary combination of limits that makes us our exquisitely individual self and shapes our embodied connection to the world around us, we will be less free in ourselves and in the world and with each other, which leads to suffering.

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