“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it." –Osho
I must admit that when I first read that quote several years ago, it triggered some intense emotions in me. I had organized a lot of my life around striving to be better. I started browsing the self-help section as a child and journaled about my (very serious, very deep) wonders about what I would do to improve myself. I took it all very seriously. I always wanted to challenge myself to evolve, and this led to a lot of dualistic thinking about what was "good" about me and what was "bad." This idea that I am already a masterpiece? Life strategy crumbling. So does this mean we don't have to do anything or practice? Nope.
As I've deepened my practice, Osho's words have started to land and really resonate. It's hard to use the thinking mind to describe the wisdom of what is beyond the mind, but I will try. Do you know that part of you that feels wiser? The one who watches you go about your day, stays out of the fray, and sometimes whispers intuitively? The "gut" feeling that tells you to take that job, change this relationship, follow this path, even when it doesn't make a whole lot of logical sense right away? And then it turns out to be just strangely...right on? This is my experience of what we call atman, which basically means the highest self or conscience or the spark of divinity within each of us. It's not magic any more than our heartbeat or our consciousness, but it's hard to talk about. It's beyond logic because (hate to break it to you) we don't understand all the mysteries of this life in our frontal lobes.
In yoga, we're not trying to change, per se. We're trying to clear away whatever is in the way of the wisdom of the atman. That's it. You are perfect. What you seek is already within you. Yoga teaches that accessing this doesn't come from someone else imposing their truth or path on you. It's a process of you finding your path by letting go of all the things you're not anymore and realizing your own core wisdom. Yoga is a time-tested way to do this. That's what we're up to.
We'll explore this concept on Saturday morning, 8:30-10a at Moksha Lakeview. Asana is a great way to start to work tangibly with these concepts and quiet the mind enough to access the wisdom of the body, which cannot and does not lie. We'll open the heart (the home of the atman) and release holding in the shoulders and neck. We'll also learn how specific mudras and pranayama can assist us in connecting to this wisdom both on and off the mat. I'm excited for this one. Hope to see you.
Wishing you love and wisdom, however you choose to spend your weekend.