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Svadhyaya is one of the niyamas (non-restraints or obervances) in Patanjali’s yoga sutras. The sutras can be thought of as a “how to” of the practice of yoga. Classically defined as study of the sacred texts, svadhyaya is also taken to mean self-inquiry or self-study. When we take a step outside of ourselves to simply observe, we can get great insight into our emotions, thoughts and actions. This insight is critical to our inner journey— when we cast a discerning and non-judgemental eye on ourselves we find out what makes us tick, what inspires us to do and be more, even what “un-inspires” us to do and be “less.”
According to the yogic texts, at some point we can transcend the distractions of the outside world, even the “good” distractions. Maybe we’ll get there some day but for now, give us that inspiring song, that person that overcomes the odds, that something that leads us to do better things, be better people, to lead an inspired life.
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