There is a common sanskrit saying ‘Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandha mokshayoho’, ‘As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind.’ Whatever you think you manifest. Our own minds bind us or liberate us. We have the ability to discover moksha (liberation) and bandha (bondage) within our own minds. If we believe we are bound, we are bound. If we believe we are liberated, we are liberated.
One of the many ways to begin to relive the mind of negative samskaras (thought patterns) is introduced in sutra 2.33: Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavana (When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.). Basically, to control the mind and obstruct the thoughts that we do not want we invite in the opposite thoughts. Creating a positive environment by controlling the words you read and shows you watch is the practice of pratipaksha bhavana. Removing the negative energy from your vision allows you to bring in the positive that you want to have in your life.
Live Light Practice:
What can you modify in your life to remove the bandha (bondage) and move towards moksha (liberation)? Create a small action you can do tonight or tomorrow that removes distractions and creates space in your life.