Deliberate – done consciously and intentionally. Fully considered, not impulsive
Yoga is a balance between opposite actions. One interpretation or idea behind the word Hatha yoga is based on the idea of opposite actions. Most poses have counter poses and often these are incorporated into a sequence to keep the bodies actions in balance.
Being deliberate is a concept I often incorporate into my teachings and practice. To move your foot consciously is seemingly a simple action yet it is quite the challenge to make the whole practice deliberate. It’s a struggle to keep on being deliberate, our impulsive nature, or at least my impulsive nature is always taking over! It’s the little child that is always screaming in the back of my practice to just let go and play. I love to move and to improvise movement. As an actor I’m always playing around on the stage, much to the chagrin of the director in some cases. And yet there is a need to be deliberate in my art as well. I always think of this analogy with water. Water is creative energy, fluid, life force in general! Water, without some borders or controlling factors, is just all over the place. Take a gallon of water and put it on the floor with no vessel, it just spreads out and evaporates, gone! Take the same gallon of water and put it in a ballon, now you have tension and containment, potential! Give it direction and more refinement and you have force, think fire hose. Practice is like that, life is like that, art, acting, work is very similar. It’s negotiating the right balance between rules and freedom. Strength and ease, and yet the one consistent factor is being deliberate. It takes a conscious awareness to create the right balance, once you find the balance, it’s not over either, it takes awareness to maintain that balance. That’s the struggle I have! Is there such a thing as constant consciousness? What happens when you achieve that? Is there any room for spontaneity, free play? Or is free play merely another form of consciousness. Is making the choice to be not deliberate a conscious choice? I’m just playing logic games now but in my daily life I doubt that I will ever cultivate the ability to ALWAYS make a conscious choice! Rarely do I do so. I’m much more apt to go with the flow and allow life to unfold infant of me. Am I a flawed person because of it.. Perhaps so. But that is who I am and I am conscious of it!