Why are agricultural terms used in yoga classes?

In Old English the word husband  meant “to manage” or “to be the master of” one’s household.  If the human body is a house for God’s spirit, we best manage our households well.  Rather than busily hunting and gathering, let’s settle down in one place, cultivate the breath, and gain a reliable source of life-giving energy.  Let’s learn to husband our gaze, protecting our minds from straying away, falling off cliffs, or getting eaten by wolves.  Let’s be farmers of the soul and harvest the fruits of the spirit in our lives.


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