yoga meditation and philosophy with Lynn
Off the Mat – taking yoga philosophy into daily life
Tamas is stability which can also manifest as sluggishness and inertia. We need a balance so that stability doesn’t become stagnant. Food becomes tamasic when left in the fridge for a few days. Meat is heavy and tamasic. Emotionally it includes depression, sloth, boredom, hopelessness and ‘don’t care at all’.
From Eknath Easwaran: “Plain old inertia is the underlying cause of
many of our day-to-day difficulties. You will be feeling listless,
oppressed, weighted down by lassitude; you won’t want to do anything at
all. You may feel persecuted: “Why shouldn’t I sit around if I feel like
it?” You may feel you are not in the best condition physically, with aches
and pains that nobody understands except yourself.
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