PAUSE-ing with Sadhguru – The Simple Reality of 'Being'

Words: Ferina Natasya Aziz
Photos: Sarah Pflug


Our sincerest thanks to Isha Foundation for inviting PAUSE for this special session with Sadhguru on his visit to Singapore. Our team felt so inspired and full of the refreshing insights into many aspects of life. Sadhguru tackled many serious topics in candid and pragmatic manner. Many of us have heard this message before: The simplification of our daily lives can really be a simple process if we allow it to be, but it is our own “mental drama” (a badly directed one at that, as quoted by Sadhguru) that drives resistance to change and perpetually adds more drama, more complications and so, more suffering into our lives. Joy, peace, and inner fulfilment are genuinely attainable by every one of us if we actually make room and time to reacquaint ourselves with these feelings on a daily basis. We’ve compiled our top 10 key thoughts and pertinent questions from the discussion that can help us on our mission to bring a simpler way of being into reality. We hope you find these are thought provoking reminders to support your own journey.

  1. You will always seek more. Being is enough.

    1. Practice, cultivate and allow yourself to find meditative states.

    2. Stress Management? Don’t manage stress: Manage your family, food, feelings and thoughts.

    3. Peace, joy, fulfilment are not end goals. They are your daily experiences to be had!

    4. Move away from pre-judging others as well as yourself.

    5. Pay quality attention. Not only to your convenience (prejudiced attention).

    6. Stop wasting time watching people living their lives such that you are not living yours.

    7. Enjoy the existence of YOU.

    8. Why be angry when caught up in a traffic jam when life is allowing you to sit longer in your dream car?

    9. If you are made a King or Queen today, would you truly feel fulfilled inside?

We need to be able to create space around and within us. When we literally allocate space in our diaries - a time to pause, meditate, or even be at play - we give ourselves that opportunity to live and experience. To be and not to do. That act of being is easily forgotten in today’s world. To give yourself 30 mins (at least) in an entire day to stop all that you are doing and just be with yourself is a gift. As Sadhguru says, the world can and will function well (and perhaps better) without you for 30 minutes. It is in the moments of pause and finding a quieter, meditative state that we get to know what’s real and what is psychological drama. Most of the time, our stress is our own inability to recognise and manage our thoughts and emotions: We let the stress monster run away and create a life of its own in our minds. That’s where taking time to slow down, to pause, to meditate comes in, especially in our erratic and hectic world. You need to make the time to create that space within and around you in order to gain perspective by bringing recognition to your thoughts and feelings, and most importantly, to enjoy the existence of you. It is with regular practice of making time, that creating space because a normal habit of being. Ask yourself, when was the last time you really felt alive, energised, filled with joy and a sense of peace? Why has it become a goal to achieve that seems so far removed from us when these can be part of our daily being? What if you gave yourself the permission to feel all this right now? A standout statement from Sadhguru was that “we live life in installments”, acquiring happiness through purchasing an item, living in that house, having that relationship and hopefully landing us  a "happy life" label. "Success" and "happiness" become confused. We feel that we can only be happy in finite amounts each day and that somewhere down the line "ultimate happiness" will eventually be ours. It’s like a constipated way of being - experiencing only bit by bit with nothing in either full pleasure or release. True living and happiness are already within you, there to be experienced fully every day. 

About Sadhguru Sadhguru has spoken at many prestigious global conferences such as World Peace Summit at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. Often described as a contemporary spiritual leader, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic philosophy that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His life and work serve as reminders that the inner science of yoga is not esoteric philosophy from an outdated past, but is absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today.