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Waking Up with Savasana
In Caroline's Corner
Caroline Cardino
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Apr 26, 2022
I think it is - it's the default on mine, at least! 😴
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Yin, Yang, & Yoga
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Caroline Cardino
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Apr 06, 2022
It totally relates! You've given a concrete example of the abstract concepts here - witnessing the polarities/oppositions/black & white view (us/them, good/bad, right/wrong, me/other), and exploring the nuances and relationships between them. To bring it back to the abstraction: the yin and yang symbol is a great example of what appears on the surface to purely dichotomous - a yin/dark swirl and yang/light swirl, separate and individually whole: But the yin/dark spot within the yang/light swirl, and the yang/light spot within the yin/dark swirl are the statement of unity within the duality. Yin cannot exist without yang; yang cannot exist without yin. The spots represent the dark that grows within the light, and the light that grows within the dark. The swirls themselves illustrate the growth and transformation of one into the other - the initial tail of each emerges from the swelling abundance of the other. They're like day and night - day wouldn't be day if night didn't exist; night wouldn't be night if day didn't exist. On the surface, they appear to be distinct and separate ideas/entities/energies; but, in actuality, there are two parts of a whole - they are one - they are all. What you've said here reminds me that judgment and holding firm to either/or expressions of belief are great examples of dichotomous (black-and-white) thinking: when we label ideas/people/actions as "good" or "bad", "right" or "wrong", we put on blinders to the reality of the whole. Say someone has broken a law, and we choose to simply punish them because of a sense of Right and Wrong - as in, it's always Wrong to break the law, regardless of the circumstances - society suffers as a whole. When we seek the gray areas between Right and Wrong to understand that personal, historical, socioeconomical, racial, or psychoemotional circumstances create situations where doing the Wrong thing may be the only option a person has or thinks they have, we're better situated to shift our cultural foundations and create a society that supports every member. (Social justice, in a nutshell, is a great example of seeking the union and balance between the extremes.) To put it back into the language I used in the post, adhering to the extremes, in this case, creates a tension/discord within our society and ourselves that doesn't feel good. All of these ideas and theories are pointless unless we put them into action!
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