One of my favorite sections of the book is contained within the chapter Soul Questions. In this chapter Chopra visits the life of Patanjali who is the author of the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras in their most simplistic form are a set of philosophies intended to help one obtain freedom from suffering.
One of the ways in which we suffer is by identifying ourselves as our titles. The loudness of the egoic mind would have us believe that we are our jobs, our titles, our locations, our relationships, and the list goes on and on. In his book, Chopra invites his readers to shift their vantage point from the egos descriptors to the level of the spirit.
He offers 3 questions to move into the realm of spirit:
- WHO AM I?
- WHAT DO I WANT?
- HOW CAN I SERVE?
The practice of Yoga helps us to honestly and authentically answer these questions. As Chopra reminds us, "each of these identity points represents some aspect of you but not the ultimate essence of who you are."
As you delve deeper into your practice both on and off your mat, perhaps these questions will become more of a ritualized practice for you. I framed these questions and have them beside my bed and review them upon waking and sleeping. I have found that getting in touch with my essential self allows me to realize my infinite connection to all. It is in this infinite way that I can truly know myself, my desires, and how my passions can help me to serve.
May You Sweetly Seek:)