Nowadays my Sadhana barely resembles what would be thought of as a ‘yoga’ practice - it’s certainly atypical.
Today I headed out into the wilds, to sit in silence and make some honest marks onto paper. The result is, well, I don’t know...I wasn’t really thinking about the result. The process of drawing is very therapeutic for me, and like meditation, there is an interesting play between focused attention and a relaxed settling of the mind. It brings about a sense of intimacy with the moment, and within that space I often start to notice things. Change is always the first observation - everything is changing with each moment, including me the observer. I try to find some solidity but it seems we’re all just doing this big dance - the mountains, the trees, the creek, and me. Yet this play between movement and stillness is interesting - if I look deeply, every thing is moving as One big shift, yet when I stop looking and become silent, everything is still and nothing is moving. Have you ever experienced this - that when you drop your thinking mind completely, then sometimes within that space, an all encompassing flash of complete and utter stillness.
I think about Interconnectedness sometimes, albeit intellectually. I ask myself “where does a tree start and where does it end”...I’ve sat with this contemplation for sometime...15 years later and the only answer I’ve found is, “wherever my mind chooses”. Yoga is simply silencing and observing, to lead us to a place of knowing. So for me today, a few marks on some paper were a welcomed change. .
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