Another good image is the see-saw. Our experiences shift back and forth from one end of the see-saw to the other- the highs and lows. High energy- slump. Slump- high energy. The ideal we strive for is balance- the middle of the see-saw. We call this neutrality in Kundalini Yoga. This is sattva guna.
In summary? Clear out the crap in your heart- with compassion- so that the new comes in. Make space for the Great Mystery to enter in. Call it what you will. It’s just waiting for an invite. And It’s house-warming gift? Unconditional Love.
Without delving too deeply into any theology, yoga presupposes a Light that illuminates from beyond: the Ishvara- the Ground of Being. That Ground of Being is a mirror of earthly ‘ground’. It is a deep and richly nutritious soil that upholds us, feeds us, grows us and, of course, receives us when our time is done. Yoga helps us touch that Reality and develop an unshakeable faith in the magic that flows through all life-forms.
Self-discipline means showing up for your Self. Not for anyone else. Not for brownie points with your teacher. Not to be able to call yourself a ‘yogi’. Not for any other reason than you truly, madly, deeply want to examine this thing called Self from 360 degrees and to see what lies beyond it!
When we begin to sense and dwell in Soul Nature, we move into a sattvic (pure) state. This is the realm of the Neutral Mind . This is a space from where we can choose to act, and not react. Where we harness our power to be used as we choose. We decide how to spend our energy here. This is a potent place to be and is the result of the development of tapas.
Your power lies in choice. You can either ride the energy, or let it ride you. When we ride the energy through Presence, we are carried into a space of deep contentment and of connection to the vast source of All That Is.