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Sattva

By Paige Bradley-Pecoul

WED MAY 12, 2021

“The sattva quality of the mind enables right comprehension, balance, and illumination.” ~ Acharya Shunya

Do you know the feeling of equanimity? Have you found yourself blissfully content after spending time in nature, or sitting quietly for a few minutes after a yoga class? This feeling state is known as sattva.

Sattva arises within us when energy is balanced and the mind is free of distraction and worry. It feels expansive and positive. It brings with it the ability to focus, to discern, to choose the highest good, to sense the subtle realms, and experience happiness from within. The luminosity of sattva lights the way to ever greater peace and harmony, both within the self and with others.

Modern culture offers plenty of opportunities to agitate the senses. When the mind is always stimulated, a person becomes anxious and restless. They live in restlessness and overwhelm. They may even lose the ability to fall and stay asleep.

Conversely, a person can become dormant, staying stuck and unhappy for extended periods of time. This mind is cloudy and confused. It leads to sleepwalking through life with neither clarity of vision, nor passion or joy. The ability to wake up and enjoy simple pleasures is lost.

The way to balance either of these states, is to seek opportunities for sattva to arise.

  • Wake up early. Sattva arises with ease as the sun rises in the morning.
  • Spend time with nature. Nature soothes and calms.
  • Practice yoga asana (poses) and deep breathing.
  • Meditate. Allow the mind to clear and empty.

Spending more time in a sattvic state will illuminate all aspects of your life. It is worth pursuing!

Shanti,

~P