If you happen to fall into full non-doing (not getting up, not consuming water, not consuming), you’ll likely be lifeless in a couple of week. If you happen to do an excessive amount of (corresponding to operating nonstop throughout the Sahara), additionally, you will end up knocking at Demise’s door.
Both excessive is a motion towards loss of life. The perfect lies someplace in between. Yoga and health are all about discovering steadiness between opposing forces. Effort and relaxation. Elimination and assimilation. Yang and yin. Day and night time.
When we don’t really feel, when we’re not conscious of our internal state, imbalance is the inevitable outcome. Most of us have so little inner consciousness that we do not know we’re out of steadiness till one thing drastically goes flawed. For instance, most illnesses unfold in an acidic setting. As a result of we’re not delicate sufficient to really feel when our our bodies are acidic, we proceed to eat meals that make our our bodies much more acidic. If we might really feel extra deeply, we’d instinctively know when our our bodies are acidic, and search to convey them again into steadiness.
A physique that’s in steadiness craves that which retains it in steadiness. However, a physique that’s out of steadiness craves that which strikes it additional away from steadiness. Thus, we can’t hearken to the predictable wail of our cravings, however now we have to really feel, and now we have to…search steering, both from deep inside or from somebody who is aware of higher. Many issues that we think about “regular” -pain, previous age, senility, and maybe even loss of life – may very well be avoidable and pointless. The aches that we think about a pure operate of getting old are merely manifestations of imbalance. The lack to maneuver freely, expansively, and with power has nothing to do immediately with getting old; it has to do with lack of motion over time, coupled with an imbalanced weight loss plan, a inflexible thoughts, and too-brief flirtations with Spirit.
When we’re not linked to the sunshine of our supply, when our minds are dogmatically opinionated, when our diets are acidic, and after we chronically ignore the protests of our our bodies by slouching in chairs all day, our our bodies turn into imbalanced and inflexible, after which we blame our lack of mobility on a fabricated villain known as getting old! As soon as you might be balanced, the work isn’t over. Whether or not it’s the steadiness of the thoughts, the physique, or the feelings, steadiness can’t be achieved and forgotten. Once we stand on one leg in Vrksasana, now we have to remain vigilant. The second our consideration ceases and we congratulate ourselves for being balanced and upright, now we have already begun to fall over. Staying in steadiness requires as a lot vigilance as first attaining it. Attaining and sustaining steadiness are the trail, not the vacation spot.
Aadil Palkhivala ©2008