Valuing Perplexity

Written by on November 20, 2018 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments

Worrying about imaginary problemsWe all have problems. Everyone struggles with perplexity. People  grapple with the unknown, about the Universe, sure, but more specifically about our own complicated life. And we all want to solve our problems as quickly and painlessly as possible.


Sometimes it is only by questioning or struggling that we are driven to earnestly understand an otherwise hidden part of ourselves. Sometimes it is working through our struggles that we truly come to understand our full potential. Our questions fuel us to open our hearts, to seek for inspiration, to perform the necessary work, and more profoundly, to abandon our will to the grander wisdom of the divine. We must at once be willing to seek and do, and also sit comfortably and simply be with what we don’t know or with what doesn’t feel comfortable-happily resolved with the phrase, “I don’t know.” And sometimes to get real answers we must be willing to sit in our own darkness for a while.


This human tendency for control occurs regularly in our yoga practice as many of us strive to either know everything there is to know about yoga or try to perfect our poses.


Instead, let us practice this week the yoga principle of Santosha, or contentment, by learning to sit with and even value perplexity. There is a practice of allowing things to be just the way they are, perfect with problems, as unseen forces work to evolve your body, mind, and heart.

The following poem by David Whyte seems to speak directly to learning from the darkness, instead of running from it.

 

Sweet Darkness

by David Whyte

 

When your eyes are tired

the world is tired also.


 

When your vision has gone

no part of the world can find you.

 

Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes

to recognize its own.

 

There you can be sure

you are not beyond love.

 

The dark will be your womb

tonight.

 

The night will give you a horizon

further than you can see.

 

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in.

 

Give up all the other worlds

except the one to which you belong.

 

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet

confinement of your aloneness

to learn

 

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

 

is too small for you.

Yogi Scott Moore, scottmooreyoga.com

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in New York City and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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