There is a lot of talk in yoga about the midline -- that invisible axis that runs through the medial core of the body. While the midline parallels the spine, it sits forward of it, in the middle of your being, and is often referred to as the Sushumna nadi. As one of my teachers says, it’s the part of you that holds “the strongest vibrational charge of who you are. It’s both solid and reliable, the center that never wavers; yet smooth, you can see through it, allows clarity of vision and fluid thought.” The midline provides stability yet at the same time, is not so rigid that it can’t adapt to change. The midline is you -- in essence! -- unwavering and yet constantly evolving.
If you’re anything like me, you’re beginning to grow tired of winter’s seemingly endless, flat gray light. All during the cold months, I repeat a phrase of Camus’s like a mantra, hoping it will have a talismanic effect on my mood, lifting it above the clouds and into the sun’s bright warmth. “Au milieu de l’hiver, j’ai découvert en moi un invincible été.” (“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”) I have found that when it’s frigid outside, the fastest way to feel this inviolable glow emanating from within is to wrap my hands around a steaming cup of chocolat chaud and let the heat and smell travel from my fingertips to my feet. I call it the yoga of hot chocolate.
If chocolate is not really your speed, and you’d prefer to fast-forward into Spring, how about traveling to a retreat in a different climate?
What do you get when you combine Zooey Deschanel and Jean Dujardin? A whole lot of American and French amazingness! Bon weekend à tous et à toutes!
A few weeks ago in The New Yorker, I read an article entitled Groupthink and I’ve been chewing on it ever since. In fact if I were to photograph my desk right now, you’d have a funny view of just how much I’ve been chewing on it: the magazine’s crumpled pages and underlined passages are now dusted with cookie crumbs and Pollock-like splotches of tea and coffee. The article is a fascinating inquiry into the efficacy of brainstorming as a tool for creative success, and it builds a convincing argument for criticism as a necessary ingredient. Most folks leading a brainstorming session will tell you that criticism or judgement stifles imagination, but a number of studies proves that conflict and disagreement broaden possibilities.