It seems like today we are all dedicated to something, often too many things. Our jobs. Family. Exercise routine. Teacher (and hopefully not guru). Diet regimins. Juicing. TV series (Don Draper…). Supplements. The list can go on and on. But how dedicated are you really to those dedications, from the inside? And how dedicated are you to those that are truly good for you, inside and out?
In sanskrit tapas means discipline, or dedication. It comes from the root tap, which means to blaze, suffer, or be consumed by heat. Tapas, say the ancient Tibetan yoga philosophers, is one of the first and foremost vital elements to yoga. It is a burning effort to achieve a goal, no matter the hardships you may have to undertake to get there. It is the practice of working hard and not taking the way out. And through that, it is the ultimate in character building. Old school ‘no pain no gain,’ in a certain way.
In our urban jungles and modern day lives it is very easy to be dedicated and disciplined about the exterior goals - flexibility, weight, achievements, house purchases, vacations…. But what about the inside? Recently I have shifted my tapas, my dedication, to something more subtle - resting my insides.
True yoga, true tapas, is about the inside you, the one you cannot touch but is so alive and there, dictating your every thought and mood. If you dedicate yourself to dedication, one that is about truly bettering and nourishing you inside and out, all your goals will be achieved, in a blazingly HOT way. Just the way we I.AM.YOU.ers like it.