Sutra 1.31

1.31. Pain, despair, nervousness, and disordered inspiration and expiration are co-existent with these obstacles.

More bad news?  The laundry lest of obstacles is growing longer isn't it?  Do not despair, because if you do, you are already running into another obstacle.  Bad jokes aside, the obstacles above are a different categorization of the thought process and do not necessarily coexists with the list of mind junk listed in the previous post.   When I get closer to the end of book one, I will bring all of these together.  Think of the list above as the result of the list in Sutra 1.30

Pain - Research has shown that there is a direct link between how we feel and how our bodies react to those feelings.  Do you ever get tension in your body?  Practices such as Hatha Yoga work to relive that tension.  While beneficial, as we work through the Yoga Sutras, we are also burning the candle at both ends, meaning that we try to work on this from the inside out as well.  Medication will expose pain that you never even knew was there. 

Despair - When we don't get what we want when we want it, we tend to fell this emotion.  We live in a society of expectations, both person and ones heaped upon us by others.  It takes work to lead a life without expectation.  I will tell you the only thing you can really count on in life is that things will change.

Nervousness - This one gets me all the time.  We can look at our culture for some insight into this feeling.  How much of our culture is fear driven?  When we live in a state of fear, we cannot focus our attention and keep it in the present.  I see this as the opposite of despair, because it's fretting over something that might happen vs. something that we have not gotten.  Honestly, I can't help myself sometimes.  Even as I sit here typing this, my palms are sweaty and I worry about what might happen.  Choosing IT can be good for a nervous person.  That is what I did in High School, mostly out of desperation of my terrible grades and nervousness about the future.  See how that works?

Disordered Inspiration - This is a half-assed attempt to make something that clearly is not working, work again.  Wile E Coyote sees a gigantic rock falling toward his head and takes out a mini coctial umbrella to hold over his head. 

Expiration - Can you sweat it?  Well, this does not necessarily pertain to that.  One major limb of Yoga is called pranayama, or loosely translated as breath control.  Have you ever been told to take a deep breath?  The obsticles in Sutra 1.30 result in irregular breath.  Breath itself is such an unconscious act, that we may not even notice when we have irregular breath.  If you have been using the Hong-Saw technique, good for you.  That is meant to help in this case.