Aparigraha= non-greediness or non-possessiveness. This is the yama for letting go.
To me, aparigraha is the yama that we as Americans neglect the most. Since the Industrial Revolution, the word “MORE” has penetrated every crevice of our society.
If you have a credit card (which I have several), you have indulged in possessiveness. The idea that you have the ability to purchase items on borrowed money and time is the antithesis of aparigraha.
If you have ever mourned the loss of a person, place or thing well after the event or loss occurred, you have neglected practicing aparigraha. This yama encourages us to live in the now, and let go of things in the past (and the present).
If you have ever clung to negative thoughts or emotions, you have indulged in possessiveness.
Possessiveness and greed assumes something that is not yours to have. We are all possessive and greedy at times. It’s a natural human inclination to want more and to cling to possessions, places, thoughts, emotions and things.
Truly though, everything that we need we already possess. Air in our lungs, a beating heart, people who love you, bodies to move us around, and I’m assuming if you are reading this, shelter and food to eat (considering if you have a computer over a home or food, your priorities may be a bit skewed).
So how to practice aparigraha?
1. when you buy something, give something else away
2. volunteer: give your time, energy and resources to someone else who can use it
3. live simply
4. compost and recycle, invest your used energy into new energy
5. replace your wish list with a gratitude list
6. forgive others and yourself for things in the past
6. only buy what you can afford: live within your means
7. be positive; let go of clinging to negative emotions
8. instead of picking a part what you don’t like about yourself, practice positive self-affirmations
9. release trying to control everything; just let it be
10. Embrace you are, what you have, watch Disney’s Frozen and just let it go…