Tuesday 04/10/16 Prashantji and Benoit Mandelbrot
Deepening your practice from the point of the breath. Again Prashant was getting us to identify the how we explore the asana from the point of view of the breath. He mentioned concepts of exploitation – the person doing the exploiting is in the beneficial position as opposed to the person being exploited – when applied to the individual practitioner, if you develop skill and use incorrectly then you are not advantaged; if you develop the skill and not use it at all you are disadvantaged also.
But what does that have to do with Mons Mandelbrot? Well, the metaphor that really hit me was the rose and the mirror. The reflection and the reflected exhibit the same quality but are distinctly different. But if two identical mirrors are placed in front of each other, there is not difference between the reflection and the reflected. Is there a possibility to count the number of reflection in the glass – No. You can describe it – Benoit Mandelbrot has with his masterful equation. But it is a closed circle, the used and the user in mutually beneficial symbiosis.
So it goes is asana to the practitioner if the practitioner does not just DO. So then you must use the 3 “A” – activity, awareness and “address-al”. The three “P’s” were mentioned as he had been teaching them previous to this week – "Participate, partake, part with". All concept of what we must strive for, not to just DO, but to be present, sentient and in enquiry in asana.
A practice with a greater level of involvement within the pose, the exploration of the pose through the breath, advancing the pose with the “3A’s”. Your level of involvement with the pose is informed and fed by experience, your willingness to experiment, to tread further into the unknown rather than stay with the comfort of habit, apply the layer upon layer of practice that moves you forward, to continue to play, research and grow in āsana.