Inquiry is one of the Practices and Techniques of Baptiste Yoga. When in inquiry, consider you don’t know the whole truth about anyone or any situation; and perhaps you don’t even know the whole truth about what you are capable of creating in your yoga practice and your life. Inquiry is a great practice of wisdom as well as a pathway to freeing the mind.
Michael Singer, the author of The Untethered Soul, suggests that we put people, places, and things into models we create so we can feel comfortable in our world and relationships. But what happens when someone you love does something that does not fit into that model you created for him or her? It’s as if the rug is pulled out from under you and you are in disbelief and discomfort. We then try to rationalize what happened and fit the person or behavior back into our own model.
We put labels on the people in our life and create expectations for them. Then when they don’t live up to our expectations we feel hurt or betrayed. But by practicing inquiry we must be willing to consider that we also don’t live up to others’ expectations of us, and other people may feel hurt and betrayed by us.
Living a life of greatness requires us to constantly go beyond. “Going beyond means letting go of the effort to keep things within your defined limits,” says Michael Singer. When you are threatened by an experience and the model you have is shattered, you don’t need to recreate it. You don’t need to make up, rationalize, or believe something different about people, places, and circumstances. This is just done in an effort to feel better and has us being, thinking, and living within limits.
Sometimes people, places, and circumstances are not rationally explained. They just are, and we need to let them be. You may feel discomfort about an experience or someone, but beyond the fire of discomfort – once you let it be – is peace of mind and freedom.
The Beatles sure had it right when they sang “Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be, whisper words of wisdom, let it be.”
By: Kiersten Mooney, Courtesy of Bala Vinyasa Yoga.