From the last few months….
1. We may often readily accept the worth of not clinging/identifying to our illnesses and injuries. Yet, we often forget the equal value of not clinging to our health and vitality. Equanimity is sacrificed if we cling to either, for the seed of fear is navigating this grip. Illness or wellness, we would do well to regard with a balanced, unattached mind. All is impermanent. All is an opportunity to develop more nourishing karma. Yet, neither is representative of our innate boundless being.
2. The ego that which we must transcend and or dissolve, we must also nourish most profoundly—for it is the location of spiritual exercise. It is the location of transformation. It is the vehicle by which we must ride, in loving quest for selflessness. Cradle her. Embrace him. Prepare it for the alchemy of liberating exercise. With all of its shadows and possibility for chaos. With all of its channels for luminous compassion. With its front doors, back doors, side exits, and hidden crevices between the floorboards. This mighty feature that exhibits the arcane, profane, and venerated features of worldly creation. To you, I give water. I give sun. I give rest—so we may continue.
3. Greater degrees of well-being brings us a refined discrimination of what unacceptable conditions are that lead to suffering of the mind/heart/body.
4. If we are going to have really productive discussions about Yoga asana practice it would benefit to cease having discussions about asana practice devoid of the deeper contexts it sits within including; psychology, emotions, energetics, ethics, and metaphysical “View” including karma—the last being perhaps the most valuable. Treating the body as if it has nothing to do with those dimensions or those dimensions have no relevance to how you experience the body or asana practice—right here, right now—is in my opinion, a very limited, untrained, inexperienced view of contemplative practice and spiritual insight. It is a rationalistic, materialistic view with pretty severe boundaries that do not extend beyond the basic sense faculties. We have a recent rush of articles about asana and the body filled with people angry about “injuries” without a profound look at the attachment, aversion, and suffering in their responses. We have people searching for the “best” and wanting to create the “perfect” asana practice. It is a journey that is akin to someone trying to manifest a “perfect” samsara. Someone trying eradicate suffering in samsara. Ain’t gonna happen. At least not through the quadrillionth attempt at manipulating matter with a limited, unrealized view. Yet, generally folks do not like to hear that. Because it means they have to develop a more mature inquiry practice (a.k.a. practice Yoga). It means they will have to move beyond basic conceptual thinking powers and physical prowess. However, if we started to push these discussions deeper into absorption and how meditative insight alters and “clears up” our clouded, segregated sense of self (and the body is included in that) we would perhaps realize that beyond a very basic level, it really does not matter how you stack your bones. It matters how deeply absorbed you become into the recesses of your perception. It matters how you relate to the sensation of self. In the light of profound wisdom and direct insight beyond the five senses, the normal rules do not apply. It is a new world and with it, a new understanding of what “body” is—what it is capable of and how it can be IN SERVICE of spiritual insight.