March 11 – Benefit of the Pose – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
“As long as you do not live totally in the body, you do not live totally in the Self.” B.K.S. Iyengar
In studying Yoga, teachers of all traditions will advise students to be still after certain positions in order to feel the benefit of the pose. This is a great practice for all of life. In countless ways, we work so hard to get there, only to bypass feeling the deep rewards of inhabiting the space we arrive in.
This is especially true in how we touch each other. We are often so preoccupied with the next move – or if there will be a next move – that we seldom feel the deep reward of simply building each other.
By treating each moment of touch as a consummation in itself, we can practice feeling eternity.