Effort + Ease/Sthira + Sukham
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The yoga posture exists between these extremes. If you're shaking and having a minor panic attack inside, you're working a bit too hard. And, if you're fingers are totally relaxed, muscles barely activated, perhaps you could offer a bit more. The posture is in between doing and 'not doing' --it is steady/strong, yet comfortable/soft.
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And as I'm always looking for the teaching that is beyond the yoga posture, I wonder how this sutra (2.46) translates into useful wisdom for daily living.
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How do we remain simultaneously stoic and strong to the inevitable physical and emotional ass-kicking of life, yet also soft, vulnerable, loving and willing to surrender to the "flow of life" or just another human?
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I look at my parents as a perfect example of this dialectic -my dad, strong, more quiet, a little emotionally reserved but 100% steady through every moment. My mom, soft, empathic, always talking and emoting and dissecting ideas and conversations and reading people. And when they come together, they co-create something balanced together! And they also created... ME! I do sometimes veer "too" far in one direction towards softness or hardness, but when I stop and remember my roots, I remember that between those extremes, I find... CONTENTMENT! And that's simply my aim/goal/intention each day. Sure, have fun, enjoy it all, feel the feels, but if I can find steadiness through the crazy wandering mind--and also through whatever the heck is happening in the outside world? That's about all I can ask for.
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So your homework is to dance with effort and ease, strength and softness, masculine and feminine, doing and not doing. And in that dance, you find the middle where it all flows. Where you don't push or pull or take what wasn’t offered. You arrive steady and balanced in the now, feet rooted in the dirt, mind and heart opening and willing to receive. Let's begin again!

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