Thoughts and metaphysical musings...

light…on gravitas

In the Upanishads, one of the most ancient texts of Yoga, when asked by his wife to describe what the Absolute (Brahman) is, the sage Vajnavalkaya responds to her by describing instead what God is not. Neti, Neti: neither this, nor that, is the literal translation of this expression. Sometimes the truth can only be found by the negation of all of the other thoughts around it, sometimes it is easier to see clearly what something is by understanding what it is not. This certainly applies to the concept of gravitas. Gravitas, one of the Roman virtues, ” may be translated variously as weight, seriousness and dignity, also importance, and connotes a certain substance or depth of personality.” We


Think of a scenario in your life when, after stressing out or driving your self crazy about it, you finally just let things be, you surrendered, and it actually worked out in the end. Why is it, when we can likely come up with more than one example of this, possibly many, do we still believe that letting go is giving up? Why do we think of surrender as, at it worst, defeat, or at it’s least, rolling over and playing dead? In this week’s classes we focused on forward bends–generally held to be the physical metaphor for ‘letting go’. After practicing a few times, one quickly learns that tight hips and hamstrings can be like a stubborn mule–if you want them to move, they need to be coaxed. And


Last week, I explored the connection between Harmony and Integrity…posing the idea that when what we say, think and do are harmonious, the end result is an Integrated Self. Once established, our integrity becomes the touchstone of our decision making process, our internal GPS, if you would. Once we know our purpose/service we might be more ready to let that Dharma dictate our direction. So how to do that, given the unavoidable obstacles and objections everyday life holds? In our more challenging times, how do we make the right decisions for ourselves and follow them through when we know that doing so might “upset the apple cart” for us, or more uncomfortably, those around us? Courage. Just h