I was recently asked by someone wanting to try yoga for the first time: what could they gain from doing yoga? Indeed it is a practice that has a seemingly endless supply of lessons, revelations, insights, ways to open, stretch, and strengthen the body, and so much more. But really all of those benefits come about because of what has been removed, purified, let go of, or released.
I had the opportunity recently to see the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India create a stunning sand mandala. They spent four days constructing the intricate masterpiece, and then swept it all up in a ceremony symbolizing impermanence. The tradition dates back centuries and reminds us that in life we can put our all into whatever we do and remain unattached to the permanence of a particular outcome; that nothing lasts forever and that letting go is a key component to working with the laws of nature.