At Yoga Center Amherst, and in Embodyoga® in general, we have been exploring the embodiment of the inquiry into dharma in our yoga asana practice. You may have been hearing about the pit-of-the-belly and its inherent deep human power. We have been talking about the heart above the belly pit and how the personal-individual-core of deep-lower-belly-power tethers the heart above, and how they relate and support one another.
In getting ready to write about embodying the pit-of-the-belly I was researching dharma. Most descriptions felt more or less superficial and really didn’t get to the point of what I feel. Then…I came across this very succinct and excellent description of dharma by Douglas Brooks.
This is the quote from Douglas about dharma and is – as is so often the case – the best thing I have read on the subject. Here it is:
“The cosmos is considered a living being, and the issues of law, prosperity, desire, and freedom belong to it. These are not just human concerns or psychological concepts. When we engage them as human beings, we are aligning the microcosm with the macrocosm. The cosmos is all laid out for you; your job is to get with the program.”
“The easiest way to define dharma is to look at the verbal root, which really means ‘to make firm,’ ‘to establish,’ or ‘to create structure,’” Brooks explains. “It’s about that which gives life order—about stepping up to your own responsibilities, about working within the structure to serve yourself and society. There is a universal dharma, known as sanatana dharma, which is thought to underlie the very structure of existence. It is the source of the fundamental ideas of right and wrong that are deeply embedded in human consciousness. But along with that universal order, we each have our own unique, individual dharma, or svadharma, the result of our birth circumstances, karma, and talents, and the choices we make in life as it unfolds for us.” Douglas Brooks
Pretty good, huh?
Coming soon to this blog will be more about how the belly-pit feels, what it is drawing into itself and what it is emanating, how it relates to our individual and universal selves, our dharma, and just generally how amazingly awesome it is to explore!