Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Aleph

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Warm Up

Strength/Skill
4 x 5 of Hanging Squat Clean

WOD
60 Double Unders
30 KB Cleans (15 on each arm)
30 KB Lunges
30 KB Snatch
30 KB Press
30 KB Swngs
60 Double Unders

@ 1.5 pd/1 pd

Endurance
Rest

The Aleph

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William Blake used to say that we can see the infinite in a grain of
sand and eternity in a flower.

In truth, a simple moment of inner harmony is enough for that to happen.
That is where the great problem resides:
we almost never allow ourselves to realize that
the present moment in itself holds all the glory.


Sometimes, it expresses itself in a completely casual manner.
You are walking in the street, sit in a certain place
and suddenly the entire universe is right there.
The first thing that comes up is a huge desire to cry – not for sadness,
neither for happiness, but simply to show emotion.
You know you are comprehending something,
even if you are not even able to explain it to yourself.


In the magic tradition, this type of perception is known as
“diving into the Aleph.” Human beings have an enormous difficulty in
concentrating their minds on the present moment;
we are always thinking of what we have done,
how we could have done it better,
what the consequences of our actions will be
and why didn’t we act as we should have.

Or still, we worry about the future,
what will we do tomorrow,
what measures will we have to take,
what dangers are waiting for us at the corner,
how to avoid what we don’t want and
how to attain what we have always dreamed of.


And so, we begin to wonder if there is really something wrong with us.
Yes, there is.
It is called routine.
You think there is something wrong because you are unhappy.
Others live for their problems; they keep talking compulsively about them –
problems with children, husbands, school, work, friends.


They don’t stop to think: I am here.
I am the result of everything that happened and
that will happen, but I am here.
If there is something wrong I have done,
I have the power to correct it or at least apologize for it.
If there is something I did right, that makes me happier
and I feel more connected to the present moment.


Concentrate yourself in your Aleph
and you will see that a little confidence in life doesn’t hurt at all –
much on the contrary, it will allow you to experience everything
with much more intensity. The things that disturb your life lie in
the past and are awaiting your future decisions.
They numb you and they pollute you and they don’t let you
understand the present. Working with experience only means
repeating old solutions on new problems.
I know many people who are only able to have an individual identity
when they start talking about their problems because these problems are
connected to what they judge to be ‘their story’.


Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, a well known martial art,
used to say, “The search for peace is a way of praying, which ends up
generating light and warmth.

Forget a little about yourself, know that wisdom and
compassion lay in that warmth. As you walk through this planet,
seek to notice the true form of the heavens and of the Earth;
it is possible if you don’t let yourself be paralyzed by fear
and decide that all your gestures and attitudes
will correspond to what you think.”


If you trust life, life will trust you

-Paulo Coelho

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