Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter I Verse 35
Let Life Touch You
Interpretative translation by Joseph Le Page
Vishayavati va pravritti utpanna manasah sthiti nibandhani
1.35 Awareness of the process of sensory experiencing, when done in a way that leads towards higher, subtle sense perception, instills tranquility of the mind.
* vishayavati = of the sensing experience
* va = or (or the practice of Yoga is also cultivated by)
* pravritti = higher perception, activity, inclinations
* utpanna = arising, appearing, manifesting
* manasah = mind, mental, manas
* sthiti = stability, steadiness, stable tranquility, undisturbed calmness
* nibandhani = firmly establishes, causes, seals, holds
Let life touch you and peel away the layers of limitation and doubt that bind your soul to the tight confines of the known.
Feel your fear and anger so fully that the wind and fire of your feelings is transformed into the light and spaciousness of your true being.
Surrender so completly into the soft, warm sea of feeling that your mind becomes one with the waves and dissolves into the glistening sunlit stream.
Allow the sensations of sitting in stillness to absorb you so fully that a waterfall of wisdom washes away all limiting beliefs, allowing you to wake to your own essential clarity.
Let the spring breeze touch your face so tenderly that the cocoon of your soul opens its multicolored wings to reveal the butterfly of your soft, loving inner being.
Look into the light of your children’s eyes so deeply that you enter their land of enchantement and mystery where your judging mind is left behind completely.
Allow your memories to flow so freely that you sense them as pure energy, awakening from the dream of the past to the power of this moment’s infinite possibilities.
Breathe so fully that every breath is a wave of wonderment cultivating wholeness so complete that no room is left for anything but your essential being.
Surrender so completely to the storm that thunder crashes within your chest and lighting flashes in your eyes, until the clouds depart and softness fills your mind.
Walk through a meadow of wild flowers so enraptured by their color blowing in the breeze that your mind becomes one more blossom in a sunlit field.
Bathe so fully in your own nectar of sensation and feeling that your body is transformed into an ocean of inner healing.
Become so fully one with the setting sun that as the day fades, your mind is set ablaze and finally sets into silence with the sun’s final rays.
Let life touch you, and as your senses awaken to the fullness of your being, your mind naturally rests in its essential equanimity.