Think of a few things that are complementary opposites; up and down, in and out, sun and moon, sea and shore, earth and sky, stillness and action. The list could go on and on.
Everything in nature is subject to these complements or polarities. A tree must grow its stabilizing roots deep into dark soil so that it’s branches may reach out for life’s nourishment and play in the light. Within each of us, not only do our biological functions, such as the breath, reflect this same primordial rhythm, but our minds, emotions and relationship with the world around us are subject to this dance. The nature of nature is polarity, from the magnetism that flows between the North and South poles of the earth, to the attraction between the masculine core and feminine radiance and beauty.
On a personal level, this dance is a skillful reconciliation between what we view as our strengths and our weaknesses, our fears and our deepest loving, what is expected of us and what may be our deepest truth. It’s a balance of our desire to be safe and comfortable and the compelling need for personal growth. If we push beyond our edge in constant challenge, we’ll be unable to metabolize our experience. Neither can we happily stagnate in a zone of security and comfort. To do this we must learn to relax into fearlessness. We must lean into our edge with sensitivity and compassion. Fear shuts us down while love coaxes us to open our heart. We must learn to be free and loving in the chaos of change and growth, not quitting when we seem to fail, but rather we must learn from our failures and return to love. We must do so by standing our ground and loving so strongly that only love prevails.
One aspect of us (*Siva) has as its ultimate reason for doing anything the discovery of our deepest truth and total freedom. The other aspect in all of us (*Shakti) is a deep desire to relate to the world fully and experience boundless love and creativity. Ultimate true love and true freedom are the same, yet the paths to this unity are very different. Nature, in its essence is unstoppable change and growth. Because of this every moment of our lives is either a test or a celebration. When we can engage in the dance and deeply commune in love we may then, with no boundaries, and fully open, offer our greatest gifts as they are revealed.
This is yoga. This is the dance of Siva and Shakti.
*Siva- the Divine masculine essence: imperturbable, totally loving, fully present, and all pervading.
*Shakti – the Divine feminine essence: The power of creation and growth, action, nurturance and the flow of love in relationship, the force of life.