In my search to learn about Aparigraha, I came across Sutra II.30 VITARKA BADHANE PRATIPAKSA BHAVANAM. Which is translated as, when one is disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite ones should be thought of. This is pratipahsha bhavana.
This led me to consider some opposites of Aparigraha.
Here are a few I came up with: Sharing, giving, space, freedom, open, enough, satisfied, content, empty, able to be filled, knowing our needs.
When the mind becomes calm and clear by being free of desires and obligations, we gain the capacity to see how our desires caused our present birth. We directly see the cause and effect relationship because are detached from it; we are no longer bound up with it.
-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Traslation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
I love this image of getting bound up.
When I asked Kathy about Aparigraha, she said ‘The biggest issue with studying Aparigraha is that it’s way too easy for me to judge other people’s Aparigraha – we are exposed to so much information these days & we have been taught to make instant judgments’.
She continued, ‘Aparigraha is most interesting when it comes up in the moment while we are taking action on something - trying to determine if we need or desire something and how much to acquire. These thoughts are the most relevant thoughts. My practice is about taking care of myself. Keeping my focus on myself. Hoping that when opinions arise hoping they don’t reach further than myself.’