The Unmistakable Parallels between Bitcoin and Yoga
Guest post by Allison Yanci of Optimal Wellness
Have you ever considered the remarkable similarities between Bitcoin and Yoga? At first glance, these two concepts may seem unrelated, but they share some striking commonalities. Bitcoin, in its essence, represents a digital revolution that brings people together. The word "Yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit word "yuj," which means to unite. Both Bitcoin and Yoga have the power to unite people and provide hope for the future.
Bitcoin operates on a decentralized network of nodes, without any central authority. It promotes financial freedom, independence, and low time preference behavior. This decentralized nature and transparency align with the core principles of yogic philosophy, which promote unity, trust, and selfless service. Yoga can be seen as a decentralized approach to health and wellness, focusing on self-awareness and individual practice.
In the Yoga Sutras, an ancient yogic text, there is a sutra that states: "Perfection in practice comes when one continues to practice with sincerity and respect for a long period of time without any interruption." In the context of Bitcoin technology, the principle of continuous practice and sincerity can be related to the continuous chain of blocks that are mined every ten minutes. The Bitcoin blockchain is operated continuously and its reliability is derived from the consistent and unbroken chain of blocks. The principle of continuous practice in Yoga is very comparable to the uninterrupted functioning of the Bitcoin blockchain, which contributes to its security and trustworthiness. The idea of having an authentic and sincere practice over an extended period of time in this sutra aligns with the long-term commitment required for the development of technologies like Bitcoin.
In Yoga, we also have some ethical guidelines called the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas are known as the restraints and the Niyamas are known as the observances. One of the Yamas is Asteya, which means non-stealing. That might mean not stealing from your neighbor, not stealing people's time and energy, or not stealing from nature, which brings me to the un-confiscatable nature of Bitcoin. No one can actually steal your Bitcoin because Bitcoin operates on a principle of ownership, meaning individuals have control over their own private keys and seed phrases.
Another one of the Yamas is Aparigraha, which means non-attachment. Bitcoin motivates us to save, practice low time preference behavior, and encourages the idea that wealth is not necessarily tied to physical or material possessions. This is a form of non-attachment or non-hoarding. One of the Niyamas is Santosha, which means contentment. Bitcoiners talk about "HODLing," a meme derived from a typo of the word "holding" or "hold" . It very much suggests a long-term, contented approach to holding onto Bitcoin and planning for your future. Contentment with what is, contentment with what you have, and contentment with what is to come. This brings us to a final Yoga Sutra which states: "By contentment, supreme joy is gained."
Both Bitcoin and Yoga contribute to aspects of personal empowerment and awareness. Overall, health, wealth, and Yoga are fundamentally linked and provide the tools to a fulfilling and prosperous life.
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