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Oh, practice, practice. You are the key. One of the key things that I’m realizing about my past year and my spiritual life is that it hasn’t involved enough practice. It’s involved a lot of thought and a lot of searching… Searching for a path, searching for a teacher, searching for so much.
Thinking about the yoga community as a whole, recently, has led to some insight into myself and my path as well. As much as I see yoga in the USA becoming a patch, a self-help method, rather than an inward search… I can see this, because I find myself doing the same, repeatedly. Doing yoga because it’s something I should do, because it will fix something, because I ought to. And, in many ways, that could only happen because my practice had become a mental exercise, a thought game.
And, it can’t be that. It can’t. If it is that, if it is a thought experiment like some abstract physics project, well then… Of course it becomes stale. Practice is, by definition, experiential. Experienced. Out of curiosity, out of devotion, out of joy, creativity, love… And this doesn’t happen in the brain.