Yoga Practice Regularity as a Contemplative Tool
It’s not uncommon for the contemporary yoga enthusiast to think about the macrocosm and the microcosm and apply this sympathy to our own practices. In my early years of yoga, I could distinctly find parallels between my relationship to my body in difficult positions, and how I would act in challenging situations in my day-to-day life. Often I would blame other people or circumstances for many of my day-to-day foibles, although I soon saw that in my yoga practice my first impulse would be to apply this same energy: yet here, I had only myself to blame. Interesting.
“That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.”—The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus (translated by Dennis W. Hauck)
My daily practice, with its routine breath, gesture, and awareness created a container of contemplation. And a rhythm for stability and discernment.
Within you, Without you (Skulls, Stardust)
I’ve recently found a similar alchemy parallel reflected in science. Gamma waves & gravitational waves. Neutron stars and neurons. A clear sympathy seen while contemplating stillness in my mind amidst the noisy texture of thought…seen reflected here in the cosmos—
“Imagine a gravitational-wave background as being like the surface of the ocean, and we’re on the Earth on a boat.”
Silence (Nada, Gravitational Waves)
The scientists are searching for a background drone in the heavens in the same way yogis might search for Nada as mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. And pair the spike pulses of “Little Green Man 1” with the newly discovered metronome neurons.
The following could be describing the benefits of practicing yoga gestures every day as as much as it describes what transpires amidst the planets, stars, and black holes:
“When you whoosh your arm through the air, you are launching a gravitational wave that will travel forever. The Earth produces gravitational waves as it orbits the sun. So do black holes that twirl around or crash into each other.”