I think so many things hide in plain sight whether they are physical, mental or emotional. There are also those things that hide just below the surface and those that are in the deep recesses of our being in a place where light never shines.
Pranakriya Yoga and our practice on the mat of cultivating the witness or Buddhi Mind; watching as if on the outside, is a great tool especially when used for learning how to notice.
When I lead training’s, I often ask students to imagine putting on a new pair of glasses to see how to work with this or that population differently. We don’t necessarily need to make up new yoga poses – we just need to put ourselves in someone’s else’s shoes to see how poses might feel.
In yoga, we also share the practice of Drishti with our students. Drishti is a technique to aid our students in concentration and the ability to view the world as it is happening around us. We might also practice Tratak meditation or gazing at a small object during our meditation. If you think about it, we live in the world with our eyes open. Although I am a huge advocate for closed eyed practices, practicing every once in a while with our eyes open gives us a way to stay present and focused when we are out in the world.
The holidays are a perfect time not only to go inside with eyes closed during your practice but to take your practice outside and see what is around you. In Santa Fe, the holidays come to life when the city, businesses and individuals put up candelarias (lights in paper bags) on rooftops. I find it magical to see the lights when I drive after dark.. In addition, there is a Canyon Road walk on Christmas Eve with carolers and fire pits all along the street. Even seeing the snow covered branches outside my office window is an opportunity to pause and watch.
What do you see during the holiday season?
Until next week when we talk about Sound.