मैत्री करुणा मुदितोपेक्षाणांसुखदुःख पुण्यापुण्यविषयाणां भावनातः चित्तप्रसादनम
maitrī karuṇā muditopekṣāṇāṁ sukhaduḥkhapuṇyaapuṇyaviṣayāṇāṁ bhāvanātaḥcittaprasādanam
“In relation to happiness, misery, virtue and vice, by cultivating the attitudes of friendliness, compassion, gladness, and indifference respectively, the mind becomes purified and peaceful.”
~ Sage Patanjali
Yoga Sutras – Four Chapters of Freedom
Indeed, simply focusing on awareness and mindfulness of the attitudes of friendliness, compassion, gladness, and indifference, one naturally finds that detachment from phenomena comes easier and easier, as the consciousness refines and the mind becomes free of turbulence.
While a one-pointed and tranquil mind is the ultimate goal, looking at it as a journey of daily cultivation of these attitudes rather than a final destination in itself is the key to the spontaneous and natural advancement.
If we try to force a peaceful mind, if we try to focus on it, it will evade us, because these thoughts and focus keep the waters of our mind from attaining stillness.
Have a lovely Thursday, xo