By: Rodney Yee
Is reality a collection of still points strung out from the past to the future?
Or is there constant impermanence and only transition or something completely different or all of the above?
In yoga, we have gross transitions between poses and intricate invisible transitions going on when we look like we are holding the postures. For all practical purposes for us mere mortals there are always so many movements taking place even as we lay still, such as breathing , heart beat, digestion, brain calculating and atoms spinning.
As we learn to quiet the gross movements we learn to articulate the finer adjustments. The listening and feeling and then responding is the stillness itself. Deep concentration along with broad awareness creates integration and this is the ultimate stillness of the mind. Krishnamurti says, “Observation is action, therefore in the state of integration there is no lag time between observation and action and no separation of the observer and the observed.”
Do we go back and forth from these moments of wholeness to moments of alienation and separation? Do we long to stay in the bliss? Is it possible or do we only get flashes of completeness?