What’s Sanskrit for “f*ck it”?

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Aug 8, 2011
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Set your intention, and trust the universe to take care of the details.
Mike Fotheringham

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
Caroline Myss

Everything I needed to know about Yoga I learned Motorcycle riding.

This week we reviewed Law 5 from Deepak Chopra’s “7 Spiritual laws of Yoga,” and when I read the chapter, I was reminded of when I was introduced to the word Svaha…and falling head over heels with the word.

This idea of offering it up to the fires of the universe (or as I learned it “Sanskrit for f*ck it)  A concept there heretofore in my control freakish nature was unheard of in my corner of the world. This concept of setting goals but not controlling every detail was mind blowing for me. And I suspect it is for many of us.

And with further study I also realized that the answer we got to this control freak nature was not serving our needs either. We went  from a culture of do and act and when that didn’t work the answer was affirmation and visualizations. Unfortunately we quickly realized that sitting around thinking about it doesn’t quite work either.

Deepak brings it all together quite nicely (he’s not the first or the only one – but I am reviewing his book)

1. Be clear about your intentions and desires

2. Surrender the outcome to nature

3. Do not allow any obstacles to consume or dissipate the quality of your attention in the present moment

From the perspective of our yoga practice this has such a cooling and softening effect. Our intention for practice can be set but we can give up the need to attain or reach a specific place in said practice.   This builds on the practice of non-attachment (aka detachment)and It compliments the idea of giving and receiving.

Truthfully he goes into the concept of energy and quantum reality – but I think it’s overkill. You can’t get where you want to go unless you know where that is, but you have to be willing to take detours and even adjust your destination…that’s about it…why do we want to make everything so complicated?  Everything I need to know about this law I learned from riding my motorcycle –

If  I don’t pay attention bad things happen

Silence can help you hear your true thoughts

If you don’t write things down immediately they will be forgotten but they come back when/if you need them

If you push yourself past your limits regardless of your original goal it can get dangerous and loses its joy

it’s better to yield than get run over – even if you are “in the right”

if you hold on too tightly it’s harder to avoid the bumps

and most importantly – Where you look is where you go

So I leave you with this – where is your attention and intention in your life currently? What areas of your life have taught you about the principle of intention and desire?


About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


15 Responses to “What’s Sanskrit for “f*ck it”?”

  1. tanya lee markul says:

    Thanks Aminda! Love this! I can't help but to think of the book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, "The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."

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  2. tanya lee markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Love this, as well.

  4. ARCreated says:

    I hear that 🙂 my license plate even says MY OM…

  5. dan says:

    Not that it’s actually being asked, but I’m gonna go with धिक् इदम् dhik idam, more like “curses/fie on this” but close enough…

  6. Love this – thanks Aminda…my sista from another mista!

  7. Roger Wolsey says:

    Om on the range baby! As a Christian pastor and yogi was nodding my head vigorously as I read your lovely reflection.
    BTW, you might enjoy this piece I wrote about riding a motorcycle last year. : ) http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/04/tribes-our

  8. laura brown says:

    Thanks Amanda! I was thinking of a post I had read that "f it " was a spiritual notion, and I couldn't agree more! Another translation for me is "Let go, let God (as you see him/her/them.)

  9. tanya lee markul says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  10. ARCreated says:

    LOL…I get it…it's just how Svaha was taught to me and it made it stick 🙂

  11. ARCreated says:

    I like "his will be done" or "as it shall be" … 🙂

  12. ARCreated says:

    that's right!!! OM on the range indeed! Loved your article and shared it 😉

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