Dispassionate Yogastric Flow

Dispassionate Yogastric Flow

Many of you may know that I facilitate a monthly meeting intended to help those with chronic pain learn about 3472579_sthe complementary healing arts and how they may help on the path of recovery. Beyond Chronic Pain: An Invitation to Heal meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 at The Indigo Wren’s Nest Wellness Centre in Bellefonte, PA. I recently began to invite other area experts to share with the group.

Theresa Shay, Senior TriYoga® Teacher and founder of TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania presented to the group last month. She shared how her daily yoga practice supports her and helps to maintain balance. As we listened attentively to her words while perched upon props, I found one word very intriguing…..dispassion.

What… who disses passion? Seriously, all we ever hear about is passion, why would someone want to dis it?

Follow your passion.

What are you passionate about? I have been attending TriYoga classes since 2008, why am I just now learning about dispassion?

Soon it was time to practice yoga nidra or yogic sleep, which is done near the completion of the class. A beautiful, soothing voice began to permeate the etheric waves, offering encouragement to relax and release our earthly concerns.

Just as I began to do so I felt a thunderous roll start at my esophagus and crash downward. I did not intend for my digestive system to relax that far.

Despite the advice gliding through the air, this movement had to stop before I created an audible growling. Not now body – this was not the time to release ‘everything’ from lunch.

Fortunately it was an abbreviated yoga nidra and I was able to quietly make my way out of the room before the thunder rolled. I achieved a whole new level of gratitude as I gave thanks for allowing that flow to be private.

The following day I went to dictionary.com and looked up the definition of dispassion…. free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm.

Well that cleared it up – NOT.

I feel strongly that yoga is a good practice. I am partial to the TriYoga flow. It does not get more personal than the puddle of energy the mat catches.

Why would Theresa even suggest that being dispassionate was part of yoga?

After some further research I discovered that if I drizzled a yogic layer atop the definition, I could arrive at an understanding of dispassion that seemed palatable. For me it seems that dispassion is the ability to remain unattached to the outcome, to observe without attempting to control, explore without a map.

I am sure that there is more to it but that works for me for now.

What happens if I turn off the GPS? Would this type ‘A’, that leans into the OCD tendencies like a quarterback into the nose tackle on fourth and one, implode?

I chuckled as I was wondered what would have happened the night before if I were dispassionate and allowed the yogastric flow to roll. The entertainment value could have been just what this group needed – laughter is great medicine, right?

Sunday came around and I had the opportunity to embark on a dispassionate adventure.

A situation at home arouse just as I was preparing to leave the house to teach a Reiki class. I chose to allow the situation to unfold rather than ratchet the lotus petals open.

I offered words of encouragement and then went on my way. A few hours later I received a text saying that the plan was being implemented, just a bit later than originally scheduled.

It was a great moment for us all.

I think there may be something to this dispassion. It brought up some deep questions for me – do I give freely of resources or do I do so in an attempt to control the outcome?

How about you, are you ready to explore the uncharted territory of being unattached to the outcome?

If you knew the blossom would not open, would you tend to the flower anyway?

Join me December 5th and 6th as we explore healing ourselves and helping others.

Blessings for all the very best


  • Jenn McCloskey
    Posted at 14:44h, 14 November Reply

    I,too, have been exploring the concept of dispassion. And like you pointed out (thank you), I also try to control situations and the outcomes. I’ve come to sum it up in 5 words: it is what it is. Thank you for the much needed reminder Beth.

    • Beth Whitman
      Posted at 17:18h, 14 November Reply

      Jenn I love your 5 word summation….It Is What It Is

  • Jenn Buckwalter
    Posted at 09:01h, 15 November Reply

    I used to hate what I considered to be empty platitudes. Now I see they’re not always so empty. Sometimes I just try to remind myself that this too shall pass. The yoga teaches this too: everything is constantly changing. Sometimes it just comes down to these 2 summations for me.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 15:15h, 15 November Reply

    Different questions come to my mind if I don’t have something to be passionate what role do I play in this world? The problem is, there is no need to be passionate about EVERYTHING, just the ones that really matter. Thanks for the words of wisdom on working to discern between the two!!

    • Beth
      Posted at 12:20h, 16 November Reply

      Sophie that is a great point.

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