Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Bowstring Bridge

What?  It's a SONG!

I did this:

Click to tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/Z35aH . In Yoga, the concept of raga dvesha refers to likes and dislikes respectively and is a varsana. We are both pulled towards things we like and pushed away from things we dislike. This can be illustrated with a glass of urine and another of apple juice. This means we constantly waver between raga and dvesha rather than being free from desire. Indifference or detachment involves freedom from craving and passion, and that freedom is akin to the ideal of Stoicism. The virtue that results from independence from both is the middle way or a happy medium.

This occurs in all aspects of life, so it also happens in Yoga. Our friend Nerissa, who teaches Yoga, sometimes says "and then you smile because you're enjoying it so much!" when her students are undergoing a particularly challenging


Whoops, didn't finish it.  OK, so i'll tell you what:  i'll link to this blog there and finish it here.


Basically, what i said in the description (yes, this is a continuation of the description on the blog) was in the video, as usual.  However, i haven't explained the motivation for this video.  Let's drop the italics.

Certain practices in Yoga are perceived as unpleasant, notably the kriyas, although dvesha also arises with asanas or the very practice of asanas.  The same could be said of ordinary exercise of course, or even getting out of bed.  Even so, i get the impression that some kriyas are specifically intended to provoke aversion and i presume this is to enable one to overcome it - something unpleasant is done in order to assert control over that and perhaps weaken that aversion through habituation.  This can, and probably will, be explored this week in my "real" life.  In fact, this realisation and another connection means i currently have a sense of breakthrough.


Moving on - weirdly - to this:

Click to tweet: . Copyright (c) 2013 by us, all rights reserved - we haven't made a decision about intellectual property rights yet, sorry. Three of Sarada's poems from International Women's Day for Peace - 'The Lady In The Van', 'To The Looking Glass' and a poem written for 'Sing For Water' (which is next week).

 The purpose of this video, which is of course from the same event as the other one and has the same purpose, is to provide Sarada, whose name i should really explain at some point, with a video of her reciting some of her poetry so she can get to do it more.


Still feeling weirdly positive.