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IS YOGA NECESSARY?

IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, OF COURSE, NOTHING IS NECESSARY, NO TECHNIQUE IS REQUIRED, INCLUDING YOGA. LIFE SIMPLY IS, WE ARE HERE AND NOW, THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS AND WE ARE ALL UTTERLY INTERTWINED WITH THE UNIVERSE PULSATING IN HER MYSTERIOUS RHYTHMS OF EXPANDING AND CONTRACTING, APPEARING AND DISAPPEARING, REVEALING AND HIDING, INHALING AND EXHALING, LIFE-GIVING AND LIFE-TAKING…

“ARE WE NOT THE EXTREME INTELLIGENCE, BEAUTY AND WONDER OF LIFE HAPPENING RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW AS WE OURSELVES IN OUR TOTAL INTERRELATEDNESS WITH EVERYTHING”, AS MY YOGA TEACHER MARK WHITWELL IS FOND OF ASKING HIS STUDENTS? HOWEVER, THE ANSWER OF MOST PEOPLE TO THIS QUESTION IS: “YES, BUT…” THIS “BUT” IS OUR CONDITIONING, OUR LIMITATION, THE REASON WE ARE ALL SUFFERING. AND SO, IT IS “NECESSARY” TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT WHILE WE ARE ALIVE AS THIS SENSITIVE AND SENSUAL BODY MINGLING WITH OTHER BODIES, MOVING IN SPACE AND CHANGING WITH TIME. OUR REACTIONS TO THIS FACT OF BEING ALIVE, BEING CONSCIOUS AND BEING RELATED IS WHAT DEFINES US AS PERSONS AND HUMAN BEINGS, AND WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR INDIVIDUALITY (LIMITATIONS) JUST AS WE PARTICIPATE IN OUR UNIVERSALITY (LIMITLESSNESS).

BEING CONSCIOUS OF ALL THAT IS MEDITATION; CULTIVATING THIS AWARENESS OF OUR BEING BOTH A LIMITED AND UNLIMITED BEING IN RELATIONSHIP IS YOGA. DEALING CREATIVELY WITH THIS DUAL NATURE OF OURS AND ALL OTHER DUALITIES OF OUR EXISTENCE, WITH ALL THE CONSEQUENCES IT HAS FOR OUR EVERYDAY LIFE OR OUR ORDINARY CONDITIONS OF LIFE IS PART OF MEDITATION, A CAREFUL AND ATTENTIVE CONSIDERATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE ARE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO LIVE A LIFE THAT IS REALLY FULFILLING, NOT FRUSTRATING OR DEVASTATING.

SO, YOGA IS NECESSARY TO GIVE US THIS PEACEFUL POWER AND POWERFUL PEACE; TO GIVE US A PENETRATING INSIGHT INTO WHAT WE ARE AND GIVE US THE RESILIENT STRENGTH TO LIVE IT IN SPITE OF ALL THE HINDRANCES THAT PREVENT US FROM LIVING UP TO OUR FULL HUMAN POTENTIAL. AND WE ARE TOTALLY UNLIMITED IN OUR FREEDOM, JUST AS WE ARE TOTALLY LIMITED IN OUR ACTIONS. COPING CREATIVELY WITH ALL THAT IS YOGA.

THE POINT IS NOT TO BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT IT AND NOT TO BE GREEDY. WE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE IN A STATE OF MEDITATION ALL THE TIME AND THE QUALITY OF ATTENTION VARIES DEPENDING ON SO MANY CONDITIONS THAT INFLUENCE THE COURSE OF OUR LIVES. SO, WE CAN BE AS ATTENTIVE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN, UNDERSTAND THE WAYS IN WHICH WE FUNCTION TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES AND THEN REDUCE THE SUFFERING WE CAUSE TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS TO SOME ACCEPTABLE MINIMUM, THE ONE THAT ALLOWS US TO DEVELOP OUR HUMANITY.

by Domagoj Orlić