Play in the Gray
Sometimes it takes a knock upside the head, to the knee, to the heart or to the ego to unravel our ideas of right and wrong.
Recently I listened to a presenter at an education conference tell us what classrooms should
look like in the 21st
century, and what kinds of technology we should
be using to improve student learning.
I continue to read articles on why we should
use coconut oil, why we should
go gluten-free, why we should
drink lemon water in the morning, why we should
practice these 10 things if we want to be happy, and why we shouldn’t
get a dog if we’re broke. According to these readings I am living my life all wrong. Yet, I am very happy, I eat gluten, I can’t easily buy lemons and I share my bed with a puppy.
In television interviews I watch guests take sides on issues as if their insights are more profound and their experience more valid. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good debate. But taking sides forces you to black or white.
And life is not a game of chess.
The other night I attended my first yoga class in weeks - which felt like years
. I needed to modify several poses to accommodate my new titanium disc
. There were moments like these: They think I am doing the pose wrong. Are they wondering why I am holding my head in my hand?
My concern was that people in the class were judging my practice as being wrong.
And then I came back to gray. According to our dear friends at ask.com, there are 16,777,216 shades of gray.
I came back to gray.
Not right. Not wrong.
I came back to space and possibility.
We are taught at a very young age what is right and wrong, and somewhere along the way to adulthood we start categorizing life as such. There are times indeed when defending a side proves useful and even proactive, but the choice to stay fixed limits possibility.
Yoga isn’t black or white. Whether we are talking about yoga on the mat or off the mat, there are infinite forms and functions. I invite you to play in the gray. Be open, be curious, be willing to shift, inquire, seek, and let go. Receive what comes your way. But then, be open, be curious, be willing to shift…
Play in the gray.