In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali explains that the active practice of “Brahmacharya” (moderation) is an important step in the 8-Limbed Path to Enlightenment. In our culture we are so bombarded by outside forces telling us, in one way or another, that what we are doing or the way we are at this moment is somehow not enough. We should buy this and have this and look like this and then we will be happy. What would happen if how we look and feel at this exact moment and the possessions we already have are enough? Swami Sivananda has this to say about the practice of Brahmacharya:
'Practice of Brahmacharya gives good health, inner strength, peace of mind and long life. It invigorates the mind and nerves. It helps to conserve physical and mental energy. It augments memory, will force and brain power. It bestows tremendous strength, vigor and vitality. Strength and fortitude are obtained."
Moderation also allows for the people around us to have all they need, because we are not depleting resources. This way of responsible living allows us to continue moving toward our Truth by treating all beings and things (including ourselves) as equal expressions of the Divine.