Sutra 1:10

Sloth/apathy (nidra) are thought patterns that lead to the absence of motivation and hope. Consciousness is now focused on self- destructive (abhava) behaviour such as isolation or addiction to dissociate oneself from painful emotions (klishta-vrittis). When one decides to avoid painful emotions rather than deal with them, personal growth stagnates during the period of indulgence.

We as a culture, have been carefully groomed into developing an absence of motivation towards activities that will empower our faculties of perception and discernment. This is being done systematically and strategically on a daily basis through putting importance on that which move us away from becoming powerful beyond measure. One of the most effective means being utilized was touched upon in sutra 1:9 - through stimulation of our Fantasy and Imagination faculty, we are made to feel that we can be accepted and appreciated through material achievement. When we cannot meet our worldly goals, we slide into a state of dejection.

From the time we are born, we begin taking information in from parents, teachers, friends, society, and media. Through media we take in, and exchange, huge amounts of information. As a result, it becomes imperative that we become aware of what we consume. From the type of breath - calm breath, anxiety filled breath, disappointment filled breath - to our every thought and action, we make an imprint on the fabric of space and time. As a result you matter, because what you focus on will determine what you creae and how you feel about yourself. You influence the Law of Karma with every breath. What will your next breath be like?

Shame and Sloth

Know that we live in a system that’s based on shame. Shame is the basis of what goes on in the system, including our family dynamics, social environment and educational system. Shame is the force that motivates behaviour. Shame is the glue that holds us together. It is also important to note that shame based systems poison the soul and makes one lose their true identity.

Thought processes of sloth based identity are rooted in shame. The popular consensus is, "If you don’t have this and that, then you are not good enough." If you went to that school than you must be a genius otherwise a mediocre. If your bank balance is high, than you are a twister, if not, a loser."

Not All is Lost

The only thing of value, your individuality, you shun just because it strives to exist in contrary to popular belief. As a result, all your life you end up trying to be someone you are not, just to impress others.

As our emotional, mental, and physical self fatigues, sloth sets in. Another word for Sloth is Apathy. The lack of motivation, productivity, and perseverance. People who are in the abyss of despair feel great pain. Over time, many choose mood altering substances and risky behaviour, while some commit suicide rather than fight. People feel that there is something wrong with them about which they can do nothing and all this because we have eneded up buying into someone elses lies. Lies that has nothing to do with reality or happiness. Lies that take away from us our power. I know this intimately because I have been there. Yoga shows you the way out. This program is all about reclaiming your power and freedom.

  • Sutra 1:11 abhava pratyaya alambana vritti nidra
  • abhava - absence, non-existence, non-occurrence, negation, voidness, nothingness

  • pratyaya - the cause, the feeling, causal or cognitive principle, notion, content of mind, presented idea, cognition

  • alambana - support, substratum, leaning on, dependent on, having as a base or foundation

  • vritti - operations, activities, fluctuations, modifications, changes, or various forms of the mind-field

  • nidra - deep sleep