Do you reflect more deeply, or just move on to the next piece of external stimuli.
Upon further reflection, we find that the ol’ advertising department of Frito-Lay is correct. But, their chosen slogan speaks less about the greatness of their chip, and more about the tendency of the human mind, and the public psyche.
As practitioners of yoga, we should understand the deeper meaning and overall philosophy, as it is very practical for day to day life.
The human mind has 50 propensities or tendencies – known as vrttis in Sanskrit. Some of these tendencies elevate the mind such as love, compassion, empathy, and spiritual longing; and, some tendencies degrade the mind such as greed, hatred, jealousy, and envy.
Now here comes the key trick: Whichever tendency of mind you encourage, that tendency will grow. It will multiply.
If you give way to greed, then that propensity of greed gains a greater control over the mind. And one will become even more greedy.
Similarly, if you encourage feelings of hope, then that propensity takes deeper root in the mind. And one will feel more hopeful and optimistic.
So what does this mean? It means that every time you indulge in something that you do not want to be part of, you are not finishing your attachment towards it, rather you are sinking yourself deeper in that undesired direction. So when you coax yourself by saying, “I’ll just do this one last time”, don’t believe it.
On the plus side, each and every thought, word, and deed is a distinct opportunity to become more established in wholesome, sentient and refined practices. Every practitioner and every aspirant should be vigilant to always goad the mind in a positive direction. By this way you will leave behind old, undesirable tendencies, and strengthen your connection toward new, sentient ideals. This is something everyone can do on a daily basis.
This is relevant in our food choices, habits, exercise patterns, work ethic, personal relations, and so much more – every aspect of our existence.
So this process of mindfully encouraging psychic propensities is one of the great challenges on the path of yoga, as well as one of the great tenets for achieving victory. This simple formula is key for manifesting a new perspective and practice of life.
Thus pay heed – what is written on the side of the Lay’s potato chip truck is correct. As a practitioner, though, it is your job to apply it in the right direction. Which propensities are you going to encourage?