Zen Musings – Taking A Stance
Or: A Matter Of Perspective
The idea of Yin and Yang is that we all carry both in us and it is up to us to find our own perfect balance.
I used to experience this as inconvenient at times – the fact that when ever I let myself fully immerse into one or the other it would cause problems, and thus in order to live a healthy life I was never allowed to give in completely.
What I did not understand, at the time, was this:
I am allowed to take a stance.
Interviewed by Pierre Berton in Honkong in the year 1971 Bruce Lee is pointing out how in martial arts he had to learn the skills that allow him to do what he might want to do at any time in order to have it available when he chooses to do it. He explains, that if he wants to punch, he does not have to think about how to do it, he just does it. Because of his training everything is already there and all he has to do is to retrieve it.
Replace „punch“ with „balance“ and you get the idea of how this may apply for taking a stance to allow the optimal flow of your life-force (or, to use the Mandarin word: Chi). On a side note, I feel quite certain that Bruce Lee did exactly that in life which was the reason for him to be able to become such a master of his art.
Yin and Yang each are the extremes, the poles. They build the outlining for the vessel that contains all abundance of life. The idea is not to fully give in to one or the other – albeit the pull to do so can get quite strong the closer we get to one of the poles. The idea is to find our own perfect balance within the vessel (which is different for each of us), take a stance there and give in to that.
If we are used to finding connection in conformity with others this stance can feel lonely, at first, because we stand alone in this individual balance as each being has their own.
Or, do we perhaps stand all-one?
The connection, here, comes to me through two ideas:
For one, we each allow ourselves and each other to have our own place, our own balance, our own stance that allows us to let life-force flow in and through us in an optimal way.
How beautiful is that!
Together we allow a perfect flow of life-force by each of us taking our own personal, ideal stance (which, of course, is flexible in itself and may be adjusted, at times, as everything is always in motion).
On the other hand, the personal, optimal connection with life-force connects me with life itself in an optimal way – which means I am connected. And: what else is life-force, other than pure creative energy which, ultimately, is the power of the Divine, the Universe, the All That Is?
"So, it all really is a matter of perspective, of taking a stance that allows me to be one with life and one with All That Is within the polarity of Yin and Yang – and to be at peace with it." -Stefanie Neumann
Are you taking a stance in life that allows you to be one with life? What is helpful for you in doing so? Do you allow yourself to make adjustments according to how life moves you? Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today? Much Love, Steffi