Three Steps to Freedom
KOSHER SUTRA 'Pharaoh - hardened his heart' (Exodus 8:11)
SOUL SOLUTION Break the ties that bind us
BIBLIYOGA POSE Cobra
BODY BENEFITS Increase flexibility in the back, clear toxins & feel great.
“It’s a plague” said a panicked Haitian being interviewed on the news this morning. “I pray God will open the love for Haiti. I don’t know why…why He do this to us?”
The earthquake in Haiti was shocking. Sheer devastation to one of the world’s top 3 poorest countries. I watched the news footage from a very comfortable bed in a hotel room. At the time of writing it still isn’t clear whether the international rescue crews will be able to get through easily as the planes can’t land properly, unload and even rescuers are dying. We can send money but it’s not even clear if it’ll make any difference. In the meantime perhaps we can at least appreciate, bless and be thankful for the freedoms we have and the comparative stability in our own world. Today’s Kosher Sutra is about three steps to freedom.
The Book of Exodus is a Bibliyogic bonanza and this week there are three different tools for spiritual and physical liberation. We have all felt the sensation of being restricted at some stage or another, whether it is through having tight muscles and a sore back or just feeling emotionally squashed by another person. How do we break free?
Yogic practice is so much more than just exercise, as we use asana (postures) to identify points of pain and begin to heal. Rather than just stretching a muscle to feel better, we consciously meditate through it, employ breathing (pranayama), focus (drishti) and energetic awareness (dharana/dhyana). These days I’m working on my splits, stretching the iliac-psoas muscle and healing through a mild hip injury to enjoy a deeper and more satisfying posture. More than just a stretch, a new and deepened posture signifies moving beyond prior restrictions, going further than before, increasing personal potential and pushing the boundaries of achievement.
Our Kosher Sutra takes place amidst human catastrophe and plagues. A corrupt ruler is bringing pain and destruction onto his land. “Haiti has no discernible government” said a news reporter this morning, “and the people are in serious trouble”. Our scene takes place in Egypt amidst plagues. “Pharaoh hardened his heart” we are told. The ruler suffers from a lack of love and absolute conceit that will eventually bring extreme pain on his household, but in the meantime he must suffer.
FREEDOM TOOL #1 – HEART-SOFTENER, HEART-OPENER (BODY)
FREEDOM TOOL #2 – THE GIFT OF EMOTIONAL FLEXIBILITY (MIND)
FREEDOM TOOL #3 – DEUS EX MACHINA (SOUL)
Hatha Yoga begins on the mat but is only successful when we can stay truly liberated and open on a moment-by-moment basis. To truly ‘be what we will be’. To remain open to others, sensitive to the suffering of the world and to do whatever we can to positively and impact the lives of those around us.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the innocent victims suffering in Haiti.
THE KOSHER SUTRA © MARCUS J FREED/BIBLIYOGA 2010/5770