It's been a minute for sure, I got behind here, this intention was from a class I taught a few days ago, but here it is. We had a dope class with a #FILTHY playlist. Stream the full set, there are some durrteeeeee tracks on this one.
Our work in the movement of our Modo Flow class was rooted in this Zen Proverb:
"The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences."
- Zen Proverb -
Preferences come up a lot in practice. Especially when we are dropping sick tunes.
- I prefer it hotter or less hotter
- I prefer this teacher over that teacher
- I prefer this version of the pose
- I prefer different music
Sometimes our preferences come in the form of comparison. Other times it sounds like, "I want..." In either case, when we dip into preference we remove ourselves from practice and we make things more difficult for ourselves. When our thoughts go to, "I would prefer not to hold this pose this long" we get out of the full experience of the pose. So the practice is to return to the next inhale. Soften our jaw, relaxing our gaze and then allowing the exhale to deepen the pose, deepen the effort.
Some postures are tough man, but I suspect you probably wouldn't come if it was so easy. The challenge of it can wake us up to the present experience. Stay with it. When you add preference, you make things more difficult. You start building walls around the experience.
The proverb speaks to our life off the mat as well. When it says "the great way" it's speaking to a path that is full of presence and empty of comparison. This experience as it is. When your are challenged at work...this experience as it is. Don't remove yourself. When you are challenged in your relationship...this experience as it is. Don't remove yourself. When you reach a goal...this experience as it is. Don't remove yourself. When you fall in love...this experience as it is. Don't remove yourself with preference.
Mad love y'all. Enjoy the tunes. Some Common and J5 in here. As always, please share the intention vibes. Let's keep practicing on and off the mat together!