To Infinity and Beyond
Ki Tavo 5770/2010
KOSHER SUTRA Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed in your goings (Deut 28:6)
SOUL SOLUTION see life from the infinite perspective
BIBLIYOGA POSE Mountain
BODY BENEFITS Emotional stability and physical alignment
Can we ever know whether something is truly good for us? There are stories of lottery winners who thought their dreams had come true before discovering that the sudden shower of wealth began to tear them apart. Other people find that a seemingly awful occurrence, such as a sudden change of job, relationship or physical comfort, result in a new lease of life that ultimate gain. I have certainly cried real tears over painful situations that, in retrospect, changed my life for the better.
Our Kosher Sutra talks of extreme blessings but it is preceded and followed by awful curses. There is ain incredibly powerful Hasidic teaching that insists of how at a future time of global enlightenment, we will see how all of the apparent ‘curses’ were actually blessings. This isn’t easy, but consider a time when something bad happened to you, but you later realised it was all invaluably good.
There is a yogic technique called Dhyana which is an outwardly-focused meditation that allows us to expand our consciousness and connect with the bigger picture. Our breath, movement and posture is all focused on connecting the infinite part of ourselves with the infinite part of the creator. We are limitless, we are bigger than our bodies and bigger than our minds, but we need to stretch ourselves on a daily basis to keep our perspective as broad as possible.
Perhaps this is why the curses and blessings had to be given on a mountain. When we can step out of our daily life we can see the bigger perspective, and consider for the moment that perhaps we don’t actually know everything.
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THE KOSHER SUTRAS © MARCUS J FREED/BIBLIYOGA 2010/5770
Marcus J Freed is the creator of Bibliyoga, USA & North America Director of Yoga Mosaic – the association for Jewish yoga teachers, and yogi-in-residence for JConnectLA and Jewlicious Festivals.
i. Stand with both feet side by side, the sides of your big toes touching one another.
Benefits: Discover your perfect alignment, balancing the shoulders, ribs, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Mountain pose is a ‘root’ posture, providing a point of reference for other poses as it rehearses the neutral position. It teaches balance and core alignment.