Ishvara Pranidhana: A Sanskrit term which could translate into “give it over to God.” That’s an over-simplification. Ishvara means Supreme Consciousness. A consciousness that is unaffected by attachments or aversions, free from expectation or outcomes. This is the consciousness that permeates all things, all beings, and when experienced, the little ego dissolves and that singular soul can feel the mergence with and expansion into the infinite. But I digress… Essentially this concept is about turning over your efforts in life to something bigger than you. So important is this concept, that it holds a place in the beginning limbs of yoga as one of the 5 Niyamas -- moral/ethical ways in which to act within your own being to promote soulfulness and health.
Ishvara Pranidhana could sound a little religious or dogmatic. Coming from no religion (and having a hearty ego), I find no fault with resistance to the thought of surrendering ones actions, words, fruits of their labor to “God.” But the idea is so much saucier and sexier than it sounds…
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