Friday, January 11, 2013
Screw "Knowing!" How about Feeling, Being, Experiencing?
There's a lot of talk about the "spiritual" aspects of yoga and how much they get ignored or not integrated "properly" into the physical practice. And here's what I think.
I think it doesn't freaking matter.
If you believe that non-dualism is the whole point, that we can't separate physical from spiritual, then sitting around and yaking at your students about the yamas this or the niyamas that may be fine and well (if they want this from you), but it also just does not matter, makes no difference, and is completely unnecessary.
Today, humans are walking around all split apart.
Their heads are cut off from their bodies.
Their bodies are cut off from their hearts.
Their hearts are just...cut off.
They sit all day.
They rarely PLAY.
They connect to themselves and to each other in super shallow ways as they race through their days, months, years, lives, trying to get as much done as possible on their to-do list, trying to keep up with the Joneses or the whomevers, looking over their shoulders, looking ahead of themselves, looking out for themselves...
But rarely looking IN.
Rarely BEING inside their bodies.
Instead...shoving them full of poison and wondering why they get sick.
Never moving and wondering why they are tired.
Never really living and then being startled that they have aged.
Yamas and Niyamas indeed...if you need this intellectual information, fine, but you know what?!
MOST PEOPLE NEED TO SIMPLY FEEL and EXPERIENCE that they are HERE, NOW, in these bodies.
Talk talk talk...it's all the head and there are so many other ways to know. We have elevated this talking, this information based knowing above all other knowing, and we are paying the price.
So at my studio, I might share a quote I found interesting, but mostly, I want you to have fun BEING YOU. I want you to drop back into yourself, into this moment, and know that you know all you need to know without anyone telling you with WORDS what your heart, soul, spirit are STARVING for and what you can feed through this body, through these senses, through this direct experiencing of your own capacities and possibilities.
And THAT is the greatest "spiritual" experience of all.
The bodySpirit is the territory and I can give you a map, teach you techniques, but the exploration of that territory -- or the DISCOVERY of that territory -- is all up to you. And you can't do it by thinking about it or talking about it.
Only direct experience is True Knowing.
(This post is brought to you by a recovering WalkingTalkingHead.)