yoga chitta vritti nirodhah
yoga: union; chitta: of the consciousness/mind; vritti: fluctuations, changing forms; nirodhah: control, channeling, mastery, quieting
Yoga is the practice of stilling the fluctuations of the mind
Yoga is controlling the patterns of thought in your mind. Our minds fluctuate from one thought to another, busily keeping pace with today’s race. Yoga teaches us to still these fluctuations by focusing on the breath to still the mind. This is not the repression or suppression of thought, but the process of filtering what is significant, and what is not. We must set aside thoughts that are not significant, so that we may focus on those that are. By doing this, we can begin to find the Truth.
Nirodhah is considered to be the most desired state of the five minds discussed under Sutra 1.1. We must uncolor our thoughts and find our True Self. We develop thought patters from birth, throughout our childhood and adulthood. Sometimes these patterns are already aligned with the path of Truth and Yoga. However, many times our thought patterns show the negative and insecure emotions and thoughts such as attachment, aversion, and fear that we internalize. These thoughts hold us back from achieving our highest form of Truth, and Yoga can help us break these patterns.
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”
How we do this is through a commitment to Truth, and discipline to meditation. Stabilize the mind, clear it of all thought. This allows us to begin reducing the coloring’s of the mind. Clear all attractions, aversions, and fears by studying your thoughts. This will allow you to banish discrimination and cultivate your Truth. We must work to free our minds of the restraints and untruths that have been learned, so that we may grow into ourselves and our inner Self.