Meditation as writing and lifelong learning


For the past three weeks I’ve been working through The Artist’s Way (which many of you probably did decades ago) and I’m fascinated by its effect. The habitual morning pages (stream of consciousness writing), the weekly artist date and the new perspectives are really shaking up how I view my own creativity. And I can see how this practice can transform our ability to think laterally. It’s like meditation, coming from a different angle.

I’ve also been working with new teachers at Iyengar Yoga Space in Paddington. With their strict alignment and incredible knowledge of the body, I’m starting over on the most basic of postures and feeling the effects. When you only work on five postures in a class there’s nowhere to hide!

Each of these experiences is reinforcing that there’s always more to learn and that every experience deepens our knowledge and affects our understanding in subtle, but rich ways.

I’ve just finished reading Health Healing and Beyond by Desikachar about the life of his father, Krishnamacharya — who was the guru to Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, B.K.S. Iyengar and Desikachar himself. Even such a man, after 100 years of living a life in yoga and even after guiding such teachers into the world, felt he had more to learn, more to explore.

If Krishnamacharya wasn’t quite done, then I’ll certainly never be.

It makes you realise you just have to do things, keep exploring and keep learning. As Annie Dillard said: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

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