There are four pillars of life. When they are all well developed and well balanced, life is good. When they are underdeveloped, life is probably not so good. Whey they are not balanced, if one aspect is much more highly developed than each other, maybe life is pretty good, but not as good as it potentially can be.

The pillars are:

  1. Health
  2. Ethical life
  3. A method to quieten the mind (eg meditation)
  4. Framework, knowledge, purpose

We’ll look a bit deeper into each one.

It’s pretty obvious that life is better when we’re healthy. We can enjoy life. We can interact with life. We are at ease with ourself, without dis-ease. So staying healthy is one of the most valuable investment for ourself. How do we stay healthy? Basically feed the body with good nutrition, enough movements to stimulate the body & organs, and enough rest.

Ethical life means leading life according to ethics and moral values. Most of the religion’s moral values are similar in some way. Yoga have the yamas & niyamas. Siddharta Gautama taught the eight noble path. Christian have the ten commandments. And so on. The moral values boil down to ‘Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.’ When one lead a life ethically, it will contribute to the next pillar – a quiet mind.

A quiet mind means a mind that is aware of it’s own fluctuations, and not getting carried away by the fluctuations. One of the method is through meditation. In meditation we train the mind to stay with one anchor for a period of time. Through practice we develop the endurance to sustain this focus for longer and longer. And the longer we can stay there, the quieter the mind become.

When the mind is sufficiently quietened down, there’s a sense of direction that comes from within. Perhaps at the beginning we can’t pinpoint or detail which direction does it want to go – but usually we can tell if the direction is wrong. If we are receptive and open we’ll find many teachers and lessons in our lives that provide you with knowledge. With this knowledge we develop framework, like a map. With a framework we know where we are, why we are here, and where we are going. And slowly find the answer to the perennial question “Who am I?”

 

Based on a talk by my yoga philosophy teacher Swami Pujan
Image: Rio-Antirio bridge by Spiros Vathis

Silvia Hendarta

Silvia Hendarta

Yoga Teacher

(Diploma of Yoga, E-RYT 500)

Silvia menganggap dirinya “always a student of yoga, sometimes a teacher”. Mulai berlatih yoga sejak 2005 dan mulai mengajar sejak 2013, pendidikan yoga Silvia meliputi Bihar School of Yoga, FitnessFirst Asia Flow Yoga, Byron Yoga Australia, dan banyak lagi. Saat ini Silvia sedang melanjutkan studi di Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation, Chennai. Melalui sesi yoganya, Silvia mengajak Anda untuk menemukan harmoni pikiran, tubuh, dan jiwa melalui gerakan, nafas dan hening, sehingga dampak positif dari yoga tidak hanya terjadi di atas mat saja, tapi juga di kehidupan sehari-hari. Follow Silvia di IG @silviahendarta dan website silviahendarta.com.