We have already spoken here about the relationship between Bhavas and psychology, highlighting the existence of Bhavas (or aspects of the personality) in psychology. But what is hiding behind Bhavas ? How to develop these qualities ?
The four aspects of the personality ; Dharma or personal orientation, Jnana as knowledge, Vairagya or detachment and Aishvarya or determination, are all qualities present in each of us, being more or less developed. Yoga helps you to develop well and to understand what constitutes us already. The development of these four bodies represents various steps, a journey of a lifetime. But then where to start ?
It is essential to understand that these four aspects of the personality correspond to the four bodies that constitute us, either physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The latter, although very little developed in the individual in the West is still there : In fact, we all aspire to great things or great achievements ...
Here we will focus on the first group or body and his constitution. Dharma represents the totality of our actions, or our ability to lead us, to guide us towards. It is of course on our physical body that this applies since one speaks of "actions". What are these actions ? How to move towards something specific, give meaning to our actions, a personal journey ?
If we know why we get up in the morning everything becomes easier in our lives. Only that, the goals of each one are not the goals of others ! And still need to know what our own goals are. Following the Dharma is to be able to have the capacity and develop the ability to identify several things in his own life:
- Our duties : Chiefly do good to ourself and do good to others, have a clear idea of dignity.
- A good routine : It means resolve any problem related to our primitive needs like eating and sleeping ... The mind must free itself from this type of discussion to be able to think. Unfortunately, the problems associated with our needs are too present in our daily lives because we have forgotten our connection with Nature. Let us remember that a man who does not sleep is a man who does not think.
- Be prepared to respond to any type of situation, think before acting as much as possible is to avoid a lot of trouble !
- Acceptance. This concept of the body in action, could be the first in the list because it is surely the starting point of any personal motivation. Accept the past but also the present, things are like they are and not project ourself into a non-existent future.
- Personal capacity to believe in my life project, in the image of myself without becoming pretentious. By these days, it is a special and essential quality much less developed in the West than in the East. Believing does not mean turn to God but rather to give meaning to our actions to be able to achieve. This is the basis of self-confidence.
- Goal oriented. The human mind, as we have talked about it before, plays tricks. Most of us oscillates between a state of enlightened concentration and a loosening disoriented state of mind or else a weak mind. It is called the spirit of a "Donkey" because he's smart but stubborn, sometimes in the light sometimes in the dark.
Control oneself all the concepts that form the Dharma, integrating it our actions, make the Dharma our own, allows better control on our moments of joy and those of despair, gain stability. You will tell me ; yes but how and where to start ? It is a daily work and it is the work of Yoga classes but not only. After talking to you about the image of the "Donkey" to identify an unstable mind, that lack of direction, do you will be able to remember it ? This is a sufficiently striking image. Well, this is already a first step, it is already part of the practice. The mind works himself and "to be in action", following our Dharma, our personal journey, by the help of the detailed concepts here make us understand deeply the last point. Simply, trust yourself.