Last time I went camping I was reading Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths, in which he explains that deep time is beyond human comprehension.
Surrounded by the stillness of the land, I got to thinking – perhaps the deep beauty of nature and the deep humanity of life itself are also beyond the capacity of the human mind to comprehend. Maybe that’s why it seems easier for some to live in denial of these profundities.
Perhaps that is the role of ritual and ceremony, to practice the art of honouring and respecting the awe-inspiring earth and its inhabitants. That way, through repetition, the human mind can begin to contemplate, hold, and be grateful for the enormity of the splendour in which we live.
I think a yoga practice can work the same way, as a ritual we continue to return to, through repetition, to connect with, honour, explore and cultivate our humanity. Making time for that practice ritual in turn deepens our ability to connect with the people around us and to the world in which we live.
From there, we can step out and act in the world from a place of presence, compassion, openness and nascent, evolving wisdom.
Enjoy your practice!