The ability to hold a paradox is one of the first things you need to learn about Yoga.
When you look at the image below, what do you see?
You may see a duck or you may see a bunny, but you won’t be able to see both to once. The thing is that you pick one and remember that the other is there too.
Instead of seeing things as pairs of opposites or only ‘one’ thing, we get comfortable with a spectrum of what is true.
An open mind means the possibility that there is more than the vision you hold now, a bigger perspective. Being open minded is not believing everything or accepting everything. Its the thought that there may be more that is not yet known.
I’ve heard it said the greatest impediment to learning is certainty. If we can become somehow comfortable with uncertainty, things change.
In our yoga practice we can see this all the time. In many poses you must contract your muscles and stretch them at the same time. You want to be firmly rooted with gravity and yet lengthen yourself with lightness. You must hold back your ribs but broaden through the collarbones at the same time. These are just a few examples in the asana practice but its true in the rest of life too.
Hold on to what you know to be true AND be open to what you don’t know yet. Practicing going back an forth between duck and bunny – its fun!