I was reading Light on Life and I found this: “On the spiritual path, you must keep your body as healthy as possible”.
Guruji´s words made me think about the Tao Te Ching, where Lao Tzu says:
What do you mean by “Accept misfortune as the human condition”?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could be there misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.
My boyfriend is a skier. When I met him I thought that he was some kind of weird and amazing monk of the mountains. He has a really singular point of view about life and -if I keep the fact that I love him apart-, his way of living its actually, pretty special and deep.
I am a yoga practitioner, not an athlete. I don´t think of my practice as “training”. I don´t want to develop better or more difficult asanas because I want to have a perfect body, if I want to become better its because of something different.
In yoga we use our bodies as a tool to go deeper into ourselves. Regardless the style of yoga we practice, we use our muscles, tissues, bones, joints, skin and cells to investigate ourselves, our origins, our goals… The practice gives our lives a new and deeper sense.
During these months I have learned that there are plenty of athletes doing amazing things with their bodies, that actually have a really spiritual point of view about life. They are not “yogis” but they have been there, studying their bodies, their reactions, going beyond their fears, developing discipline and taking care of themselves in a special way. In some way they have been there learning how to go beyond everything we know with the only tool we have. They have been there loving “themselves” facing -internally and externally- the darkness and the light, the loneliness, the hope, the strength… in two words facing THEIR MIND. Because if you want to be a really good athlete –and a very good yogi- you have to learn how to deal with your mind, otherwise you will be playing games –mind games- all the time.
Of course there are plenty of superficial yogis –under some eyes probably I am one of those- and also maybe, there are plenty of athletes that are doing what they do in a shallow way. But, for me, it has been something really beautiful to discover the connection between things that, at first sight, seemed to be apart.
I don´t have the answer for anything, but I have a body that can lead me to know my own mysteries. And probably, if I take care of my body and learn how to treat it with respect and love, my mind will open to see life with different eyes. Eyes that beautifully, aren´t physical anymore.