Sometimes life gives lemons. And not luscious Meyer lemons, but sour, mean, puckery ones.
Life: “Oh, hello…it’s me. Boy, do I have some serious fuckery in store for you!”
You: “Bitch, I ain’t got time to make lemonade!”
This is where isvarapranidhana comes in as saving grace, mantra, perspective.
The Meaning of Isvarapranidhana:
- Isvarapranidhana (also: Ishvarapranidhana and Ishvara Pranidhana) is the combination of two root words: Surrender (Pranidhana) and Higher Power/Source/Spirit (Isvara).
- Instead of Self or Ego; Spirit. Rather than Clinging or Attachment; Surrender.
- Shiva Rea’s thoughts: “Isvarapranidhana is a big picture yoga practice. It initiates a sacred shift of perspective that helps us to remember, align with, and receive the grace of being alive.”
You don’t have to carry the weight of the world’s lemons on your shoulders. The next time one rolls along, OFFER IT UP TO A HIGHER POWER. Release it. Let it go. Who needs all that acid? Instead, we release the bitter, and practice recognizing and enjoying all the sweetness that surrounds us. This is the nectar of surrender.
Isvarapranidhana written in Devanagari:
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