In yoga class I often state “less is more”. This philosophy is outlined throughout the 8 limbs of yoga. Especially in the yamas and niyamas. These are the first two steps in Patanjali's 8 limb system. These first two limbs outline ways of ethical living and thinking in order to achieve happiness and peace in one’s life. The yama Aparigraha talks about non-possessiveness. For me this can be interpreted as not hoarding or taking what you don’t need. This can relate to things, food, time, or energy.
When we first arrived at the Extreme Hotel/Yoga Loft in Puerto Plato we were introduced to the facility by a very friendly young women Victoria. She handed everyone the key to their room and showed us toward the stairs where we were to locate our rooms. No elevator, no bellman, just two flights of stairs to carry are bags up to. The facility was simple. Clean without any frills. The initial reaction by some when they first arrived was uncertainty and maybe a little confusion. The rustic appeal was not what I believe most were accustomed to. The rooms were simple. Two beds and bathroom. No A/C, just a fan, and a window. The bathrooms were outdated, but clean, very basic.
My first gut reaction was oh no! Are people going to be disappointed, will they be upset?
To my surprise no one complained!
Slowly we made are way to the yoga loft (the hut where we would practice our daily yoga). The view was spectacular, the space was perfect!
The week was filled with amazing farm to table food, great people, fun adventures, yoga and meditation with an amazing view. Most importantly simple living.
As the week came to an end, I came to realize that everyone in the group appreciated the simplicity of the facility. The lack of extras were not missed, and the ability to completely unwind from life was much appreciated.
It made me start to contemplate how I can practice Aparigraha more here at home. How can I cultivate more Island like living everyday? What could I let go of to create more space for more simplicity in my life.
Is there one thing you can let go of today? Commit to it for 40 days, and if you don’t miss it, don’t invite it back into your life. I am committing to turning off from all electronics each day by 9 pm. To spend this time either connecting with loved ones or enjoying some quiet time with myself. What are you committing to? Share with me and we can hold each other accountable for creating a space for peace in each others lives.
For me I have decided disconnecting from technology and connecting more to nature and people, making the effort to turn off the phone and spend more time being with myself and others. Taking more time to appreciate good food, great conversations, and my surroundings.