The Middle Way

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM — Tias discusses the non-dual and the dual. One practices yoga with the right and left side of the body to somatically align into the state of the non-dual. The central channel through the body is empty and is in sense the pathway to the non-dual.

Yogis try to awaken the central channel to work the two sides. Through meditation and asana, we focus on breathing, the two hemispheres of the brain, front and the back and top and base. Although there are myo-fascial pulls that can tork us to the right or the left even after a dedicated practice and we can reduce physical pain through yoga, it is difficult to achieve physical alignment into the empty channel. In some ways it’s more accessible in the mind.

Our mind learns and makes sense of the world through a polarity of opposites. Our experience as we understand these things lie within the dual. There is no preference between the non-dual and the dual, however the danger is passivity. So we roll up your sleeves and take sides. And that is why we are passionate in voting, taking care of our kids, being in a relationship. Our state of mind steers the non-dual—our third eye that sees nothing and everything at the same time. That is to understand Zen.

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