Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Paradox that is Life

Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.
 - Harold Evans

Sometimes living a paradoxical life is what we all do best. Saying one thing and doing another will always be one of the trials of our lives, because more times than not we believe both ideas to be truth and this can lead us to confusion.

We we choose to follow our own heart, rather than sleep walking through our lives - dancing to the beat of another man's drum - we have to accept the fact it will be paradoxical.
This is not an excuse to live in contradiction.

It is a simple fact that human nature is much more complex than we allow ourselves to believe. By taking notice and accepting the paradoxes we find in life, we can begin to walk a life filled with less confusion.

The Acceptance Mudra

The index finger is folded into the space between thumb and this finger, so that the nail touches the fold. The outer lower corner of the thumb's nail touches the inner lower corner of the pinky finger's nail.

This mudra is used to over come the unnecessary resistances in our lives, helping us find acceptance of ourselves.

Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum

A mantra used by Tibetan Buddhists closest to the Dali Lama. Many stories are told of this mantra and how a disciple had been chanting it wrong only to show that it's the intent of the mantra and not the actual words.

The simplest translation is "Jewel of the Lotus" (Manipadme in Sanskrit). In a more deep translation it states that each part of the mantra will help you identify with yourself and then break down the walls of your life. Helping you achieve purity and wisdom, leading you to the path that is your truth.
Rabbit Pose

Rabbit Pose stretches out your back, neck and arms. It helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones, relieve insomnia and depression. As we curl into ourselves we release the tensions of our day in our back allowing us to see past the many nuances of our days and our lives.

May your week be filled with blessings and I hope to one day see you on the mat.

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