Skiing is the experience of ecstatic silent joy.
For the last 4 days, Ann and I have been on vacation cross country skiing in Craftsbury, VT. We used to come here every year for a week to enjoy the pristine mountains and excellent skiing. We haven’t been here in 3 years due to scheduling conflicts. It’s especially nice to be back and re-remember the bliss of nature.
I’ve been contemplating the five elements (sky, earth, water, fire, and air) lately since I see this as the basis of the Ashaya Yoga method. We are all made up of the five elements. If you want to know yourself, study the elements. We are part of nature. In fact, we are the highest expression of nature’s capacity to be conscious. We are the only beings with the capacity for reflective self-consciousness. We not only have the capacity to live in the present moment with all of our instincts, but we can draw from our past and consciously create a future. You are the crystallization of the divine’s desire to know itself. You are the sky embodied.
There are so many interesting relationships and teachings to be drawn from the five elements. One of the teachings I love is the notion that earth is condensed sky. Sky represents all possibilities, the infinite, unbounded, luminous space. It’s like an ocean without shores. There’s no beginning and no ending. These qualities are embodied in earth. Earth is the limited version, the finite version of sky. Since we are all made of the earth, we also have the unbounded and unlimited qualities of sky. But we are also limited at the same time. We are a dynamic matrix of all of the elements […]