In his recent satsang, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how the quality of our thoughts, speech, and actions creates deep-seated samskaras (impressions) and habits in our lives. By watching the influence of samskaras on our current habits, and by observing how easily we are swept away in the “tsunami” of our untended, undisciplined mind, we create an opportunity to interrupt the momentum of vrittis (spinning thoughts). By incorporating the practices of abhyasa (consistent effort) and vairagya (non-attachment), we are able to take control of the forces currently propelling our actions toward worry and instability, and redirect them back toward the mind’s true, essential nature: clarity and joy.

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