Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1.2

1.2 Yoga is the Stilling of the Changing States of the Mind.

Where can we find peace, a place of rest and repose? What does it mean to quiet the mind? Does it come about by some sort of external pressure applied, by force of will and thought – forcing thoughts and sensations to be pushed back into remission? Is the quiet mind imposed from without, manufactured through effort, or is it something intrinsic to to what we are?  We each need to go into our own practice, both a moment to moment practice of mindfulness, our meditation practice and our asana practice to discover this answer for ourselves.

What can we put our trust in, in this life? Is the quiet mind something we can put our trust in, to carry us through the difficulties and pains of a tumultuous life or will it run away the moment things get difficult? Is it a close friend that will never betray us or a fair weather friend that skips away the moment we stumble? We each need to go into our own practice, both a moment to moment practice of mindfulness, our meditation practice and our asana practice to discover this answer for ourselves.