I invite you to consider your bones vs. your words.
Your organs vs. your speech, and the eye that peers inside of you to watch your breath vs. the eye turned outwards to gaze into mine.
How do we train our non-physical bodies? Amidst friendships formed of airborne efforts to excel and ground-based givings and receivings of weight, I wonder about balance.
Not the kind found between all 5 toes as our flyer attempts ardha chandrasana and our foot finds their hip, hoping for a smooth and successful lift…
…nor the kind of balance to be found between fingers’ subtle fluctuations as we press up into a handstand for the thousandth time…
…but the balance of inner and outer. We train the outer with building blocks of equipment, prop-based pull-ups and mat-based anaerobic activity: plank after plank after plank.
So how do we train our inner? We recognize the ongoing grapple with those subtle moments between thoughts when distraction might creep in and derail pincha mayurasana - we know how to train our muscles to fix their attention and how to teach our skeletons to stay put.
Now imagine the equally subtle moments between awareness of our own needs and the needs of our friends, our partners, our parents, our children.
When we stand face-to-face, are our minds self-absorbed?
It’s only patterns which prevent us from achieving an aerial, only patterns which prevent us from giving ourselves to this life entirely. Unhelpful patterns, entrained early - teaching us to grow in closures and contractions, to rotate inwardly towards our center and maintain perpetual physic separateness.
Community: this is how we train our inner. To fix your mind on truth, know we’re in it together and show up to find common ground.
Sweat it out.
So as things heat up
(and things are heating up, as the effects of long-standing economic inequalities and environmental disregards begin to make themselves known)
stay with it. Stay committed and trust that just as hard work and a hundred monkey conditioning classes does eventually pay off, inclusivity + diversity + commitment does eventually = community.
Relationships are how we train our inner… and we need a space to bring us together.
- FrontDeskMonkey Ryan