LOST AND FOUND
SEPTEMBER 2010. The theme tonight was LOST & FOUND. Really this gets to the heart of what nondualism means in seeing the world holistically, its challenges, and its ease. In yoga can we be sthira and sukhum at the same time instead of pitting strength and flexibility, effort and happiness against one another. We can apply this to all aspects of our lives: for instance how do we forgive when we are hurt, how do we balance strength and flexibility in the poses, how do we stand bravely but with heart?
It’s as Einstein said: “The rational mind is a faithful servant. The intuitive mind is a sacred gift. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
In this example even Einstein is saying to us that we shouldn't be all or nothing, a dualistic philosophy. Instead as much as you engage your rational mind stop being mindful of the gift of your own intuition. Tap into both at the same time and realize one is not better than the other and we need not pick only one. The same then can be applied to what happens we get lost. And if you're honest with yourself we ALL get lost sometimes. We lose track of where we are in our lives and why we are doing the things we do. This is also what Elizabeth Gilbert comes to play out in her book Eat, Pray, Love. She has everything she could want and is lost within herself. The difference between those of us practicing yoga, meditation, mindfulness is that we are seekers. We see we are lost and want to be found. We don't punish or judge ourselves when we get lost we simply do the work for reconnecting to who we really are.
You see being lost is not bad in and of itself. It is just part of the whole spectrum of who we are. Perfectly imperfect and simply amazing human beings! So take the time on the mat to help you find your own balance - more ease, more playfulness, more discipline, more strength....find both. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
Music tonight 6:15pm Yoga included: Dream Machine by Mark Farina, Ancient People by Nas, Damian Marley, In Another Time by Sade, Outre by M.Ward, Salsoul Nugget, even some Blue Scholars and Trevor Hall.