BRAHMACHARYA RIGHT USE OF ENERGY

Brahmacharya – the fourth Yama – translates to “behaviour which leads to Brahman”. Brahman is regarded as ‘the creator’ in Hinduism and Yogic terms, symbolizing ‘the divine’ or ‘higher power’. Contrary to common belief associating Brahmacharya solely with celibacy or chastity, its essence lies in your energy and directing it towards your highest potential. This principle encourages redirecting sexual energy towards inner peace and higher pursuits. Regarding Brahmacharya as ‘right use of energy’ evokes a sense of directing our energy away from external desires – those pleasures which seem great at the time but are ultimately fleeting – and instead, towards finding peace and happiness within ourselves. Imagine Brahmacharya as a mighty flame within you, burning brightly to illuminate your path and fuel your spiritual growth.

When brahmacharya is firmly established, vigor is gained.

YOGA SUTRA 2.38

This Yoga Sutra highlights that practicing Brahmacharya conserves and channels one’s energy for spiritual advancement. Reflect on where your energy is predominantly focused. Much of it might be consumed by worry, striving to meet external expectations, or pursuing physical perfection. A lot of our energy may also be spent on trying to present ourselves as someone we’re not in order to please or impress others.

To be the best version of ourselves and to use our energy in the optimal way, we need to prioritize listening to our bodies. By tuning into our energy needs and taking proactive steps to support our well-being, we can effectively channel our vitality towards positive endeavors. If we are able to direct our energy towards something positive each day – rather than directing our energy towards our often negative thoughts – we’ll not only be able to boost our immune system, but we’ll also actively be making the right use of our energy.

In today’s fast-paced society, there’s a prevailing notion that busyness equates to productivity. However, Brahmacharya underscores the importance of discerning whether our activities align with our values and goals. Constantly overloading our schedules may project an image of productivity externally, but it often leaves us feeling depleted internally. Embracing Brahmacharya invites us to evaluate the quality of our energy expenditure. Are our daily tasks draining us or nourishing us? Can we carve out moments to pause, breathe, and cultivate inner peace amidst our busy lives? This ability to slow down will not only allow your body and mind to take a much-needed break, but you’ll be much more aware of how you’ve been using your energy that day.

Practicing Brahmacharya :

  • Reflect on behaviors that align with your higher purpose and promote optimal energy utilization. Pay attention to how your body and mind respond to different situations, allowing you to cultivate a life that nurtures your well-being and maximizes your energy. Listen to your body’s signals and evaluate where your energy is directed – is it constructive or depleting? Notice how certain people or activities affect your energy levels – do some people drag your energy down? Do others make you light up? Is there something you love doing that really gives you a boost? By becoming mindful of not just what you do, but how you do it, and its impact on you, you can align your actions with your inner vitality and fulfillment.
  • After a breakup, a big move, a new job, etc., consider retreating home for a bit and create a new routine that supports your interests and nourishes your physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Fight the FOMO — don’t be afraid to say no when you don’t want to go out or you’re feeling run down. Good friends will always be there for you and should understand your need to stay in.
  • Analyze your current routines. Are your hobbies and commitments supporting your goals in wellness, work, and life? What can you cut out that isn’t serving you, and what can you add that will enrich your day-to-day experience? Seek out what fills you up and inspires you.

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA