Karma, Ritual, and Creativity: The Elements of Good Practice
Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation
December 10, 2017, 1pm – 4pm
Ashtanga Yoga Northampton, Northampton, MA
“In my music, I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.” – Charles Mingus
In yoga and meditation, we frequently begin our journey with instructions that we try to follow to the best of our ability. In a way, we’re a bit like amateur cooks, diligently following the recipes we find online or in books, hoping to make food that tastes good.
But if all we do is follow recipes, we never really come to understand the elements of good cooking. As the food writer, Michael Pollan, observes, recipes can be infantilizing. They tell us what to do, but not how to think, or how to understand why we’re doing what we do, and certainly not how to improvise while cooking. In other words, recipes, themselves, don’t teach us the elements of good cooking.
In the same way, spiritual instructions can function like recipes and often fail to empower people with the elements of good practice. They offer formulas and prescriptions for what to do and when to do it, but little help in developing an independently strong and creatively personal practice.
By highlighting Karma (the matrix of conditionality), Ritual (the container of practice), and Creativity (the imaginative impulse of possibility), Josh will offer fresh perspectives on how these elements of good practice that can support you on a path that is uniquely your own.