One thing leads to another and last week's interest in movement starting from the inside lead to a discovery of a website that has changed my whole morning yoga routine. I ended up writing an article on it here (for those that enjoy dance I think you will like this). What I found exciting is the yoga embodied within the authentic movement of free flow in dance - here is an outlying structure of form and within that is allowing for authentic expression. I consider Ayurveda the same - there are natural laws, for most of us, and within those is a wide range of space to be your truth.
Which brings us to this weeks topic.
I received a note from Beth, a former client, and wonderful writer. Check out her site working with kids here. She posed an interesting idea for creative folks. Her question was- Could it be that when Vata is unbalanced, you are in that airy, vague and often creative space?
Super important idea and one I am immensely interested in since part of my agenda is to work with creative people making cool business stuff. The basic answer is yes - when you get high enough into the Vata clouds your sense of creativity will increase, which is why that space becomes an addiction for creative folk. I have heard artists tell me that they are fearful of routine because they don't want to lose the muse. To some artists there is that space and the dull space (which looks like 9-5) and nothing between.
It reminds me of the idea of hallucinogenics. There are folks that swear by them, that their minds were expanded in the process. The Ayahuasca trend is on the rise. And yet, the same people do not seem to manage their emotions outside of it.
In my opinion and by natural law - if it ain't sustainable, you're taking from something to make it happen. And isn't that the problem with climate change?
The reason we create routines is for this - to get to the point where we abide by our natural functions, meaning we eat when hungry, sleep when tired, dance when we need to, go quiet to regain energy. If we override basic functions then we battle ourselves. Once you surrender to your rhythm, then you can feel free to be led. Once ambition and striving and attachment fall away then you are completely free.
Why is routine considered handcuffing?
This reminds me of a friend who is very talented creatively that is also trying to be very disciplined with himself in his routine. Within that routine, he regularly binge drinks and has a wicked hangover, then feels like shit, and starts the disciplined routine again.
My point to him was he may want to look at what he thought was "good" for him. If you need to go too far one way, then rather than try and STOP the shitty thing, instead look at the thing that is propelling it - the so called "good".
I know this from my tapasaya time in Yoga. I've never drunk so much alcohol as when I was at the height of my yogic intensity and trying to be a good, pure yogi.
Ayurveda considers the Buddhist precept of the "middle road" as being the appropriate way for the regular human to cope in this world. If Vata is at the base of all that ails us and it's nature is to be erratic, then your ULTIMATE antidote is to be middle of the road.
Be cool man.
In line with the note last week on keeping the rhythm of the breath in your movement but easing back on the sequence to allow the breath to dictate the pace, I suggest the same with your routine. ALWAYS do a routine but ease it back. It MUST be enjoyable and when it isn't change it, but never let it go. This is why you cannot have one routine that everyone does - it must be your own flavour. Keep discovering yourself and adapting where needed. There is a difference between routine and rigidity.
Let me redefine it for you. Routine is the act of spiralling towards your centre - a set of actions that connect your soul to it's host so that they act in collaboration.
When you think of it like this - it is the ultimate act of creativity. You continue to die and be reborn each day.
"The trickster understands that all this world is temporary, all of it is shifting, all of it is nonsense, all of it is fair game for delight The trickster never dies a grim death in a walk-up tenement while suffering romantically from tuberculous. The trickster doesn’t compete, doesn’t compare, doesn’t beat his head against the wall, doesn’t wrestle demons, doesn’t try to dominate mysteries that were never meant to be dominated in the first place. The trickster just keeps on PLAYING. The trickster is slippery and sly, wry and wise, always looking for the secret door, the hidden stairway, the funhouse mirror, the sideways way of looking at things — and the trickster always endures." Liz Gilbert "Big Magic"