Vairagya a liberation and lightness as we begin to renounce the very things that have held us back.

Kino MacGregor (in her MyYogaOnline blog) commented P2161123that the driven mind directed at a task at hand is one of the most powerful tools we have to change our lives, but can get in our way at the same time.  So the question then becomes not how to rid ourselves of our desires or our drive but instead how to train our mind to work towards our desires without the unnecessary tension of attachment.  For it is often just at the moment when we truly let go that everything we want arrives with ease.

The yoga tradition teaches non-attachment, vairagya in Sanskrit, not so that you walk around in a state of emotional detachment devoid of expression, but instead so that you will know that your deepest sense of self exists outside the realm of things, goals and material success.  By practicing releasing attachments you let go of your intense identification with the world of materiality and begin to relax and play with life in a state of joy.  The odd thing is that often the moment when you experience the state of vairagya, things that you have literally been slaving for often arrive with little or no effort.  It reminds me of the character in Under the Tuscan Sun who failed miserably at her attempts to catch lady bugs — until she just laid down in the grass and fell asleep.   When she awoke she was covered with them.

The truth is that you have to practice and you have to show up for life. The truth is also that you have to exert much less effort and strain than you might otherwise think to get the results you want.