What are polarities and how do we live with them let alone master them? Polarity describes opposite forces that actually represent complementary, interconnected systems; the physical and the mental, the finite and the infinite, yin and yang, up and down. They are opposites but still part of the whole. Polarities are a physical law of science. Without polarity life would be flat without depth. We can only know how beautiful a sunny day is because we have cloudy, grey and rainy days. The sweetness of clotted salty cream fudge is only made more delicious by the pinch of salt added to the fudge. Polarities really can be complimentary when used in the correct proportion in our lives.
We talked about the mind a lot last week when we dug deep into the theme of meditation. We also find that the mind loves polarities as it is helpful for our functional mind to classify life as good or bad, white or black, etc. We teach our children to know the world through polarity, even their simplest books look at contrast to describe life. This is because our functional mind in divided into 3 minds, the negative, positive and neutral. The first mind is the negative mind, it sees the danger and pitfalls, it’s job is to protect you. The positive mind sees the potentials, it’s job is to be expansive and creative. The neutral mind assesses the input from both negative and positive and responds from a neutral place. The neutral mind is also called the meditative mind. This is the mind where we learn to master the polarities.
The Diagonal Energy and Value
Through cultivation of a non-reactive and quieter, neutral mind we can find the truth and juxta position in any situation. Everything is not purely black or white, we can learn to dance on the knife edge of life, the very line that
separates the yin and yang . As yogis we chose, this diagonal energy, the mutual coexistence. The possibility that both realities exist is not contradictory nor is it completely logical! This is not a comfortable place to sit in as the mind craves certainty. The Diagonal values are less about higher notions of perfection, but more about acceptance from a place of conscious reality.
|ATTITUDE||FIRST VALUE||POLARITY||DIAGONAL VIRTUE|
|Towards Suffering of Others||Cannot relate, Cruel, Blame||Pity, Bleeding heart, Sympathy||Compassion|
|Towards Danger &Fear||Caution, Self Protection||Daring, Bravado||Bold Courage|
|Towards Discipline||Fanatic, doing everything as a ritual||Autonomy, Independent
|Obedience, Self love|
|Towards Desire||Prudish, Flat, Bored||Hedonistic||Passionate, Inspired|
Mon 26 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 27 September 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 28 September 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ at Uta’s 21/21 Ananda Balika Mwt, off Pagoda Rd, Pitakotta
Wed 28 September 3-3.45pm Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 28 September 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Fri 30 Sept 6.30-7.30pm Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)
Sat 1 Oct 5-7.30am Early morning Sadhana @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (FREE)
Sat 1 Oct 9.30-10.30am Hath General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Sat 1 Oct 6.15-7.45pm Gong Healing and meditation @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Sun 2 Oct 10-11am Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road