There is a paradox between great faith and great questioning. We need faith to anchor us and questioning to open us. With faith only, we might stagnate and become narrow-minded, with questioning only we might become disturbed and agitated. These two qualities balance and support each other.
- Martine Batchelor, from Principles of Zen (Thorsons)
ON THE MAT
In the work of our practice today we can explore this paradox and work to create a balance between great faith and great questioning. Specifically today, let's look at the work of having faith in ourselves. How often do you work on that?
In every posture, start with checking in on what's touching the earth. What is rooting? We can anchor by having faith in our roots & trusting our organic strength. The breath will create questions. Inviting us to ask, "Where can I open more?", "Where can I adjust to come into alignment?", "Am I resisting?", "Where am I resisting?".
In down dog, check your hands, can you make them wider? Is ever knuckle rooting down? Trust your roots. In warrior two, as you gaze over the middle fingers and see yourself, remind yourself, "you are strong enough to face any obstacle that comes your way.” Anchor in you're ability to be a warrior. Anchoring this way, our roots remind us to have faith in ourself. You balance this with each inhale and exhale, inviting more questions.
We worked hard for 60 mins. And then came to that final posture Savasana. Here the breath asks more questions the main question being, "how do I take this peace I feel here into the rest of my day, the rest of my life?" This connects us back to our Modo Pillar: BE PEACE.
OFF THE MAT
It's a very powerful practice to work on having faith in yourself. But faith alone and we can become too rigid, thinking our way is the only way. This makes it hard to work with others in our work place, or with our partner in our relationships. So we can breathe and invite the questions, "Where can I open up?", "Does this persons idea hold merit?".
This work empowers us to have anchors and gives us space to question what do we want from life, & how we want to create our life. I have a daughter, I need this space, and I work hard on giving her space to keep asking questions. Sometimes I catch myself telling her, “this is THE way.” If I kept doing this, rigidity forms in her young mind.
For example, I am vegan. I raise my emJ vegan. I speak to her about the effort of more peace behind the choices. But if she goes to a birthday party with her friends and every kids is having cupcakes I want her to have a freakin’ cupcake if she wants one. You feel me? As she gets older and understands more, I invite her to ask more questions, I encourage her to find out for herself and do what makes sense for her. If I box her in and tell her VEGAN IS THE ONLY WAY, I instantly limit her growth.
I anchor in my faith that eating peacefully is a wonderful choice, I share that with her and I give space for more questions to arise. It's the Pardox of great faith and great questioning.
Fave Playlist From This Week
- No joke, track three is insane. By main homie ChooRocca put me on this last year in Chicago and I still play this Chop on the daily.