Good, bad. Right, wrong. Black, white. Are these polar opposites all there is?
Of course not. The world is complex, people are never simple, and most of us eventually learn to embrace the middle space in some aspect of our lives.
Sutra 4.7: The motivations behind the actions of those who have become enlightened are neither things of darkness nor things of light. Others are driven to their actions by three forces. Translation by Kofi Busia
That’s why I’m a big fan of grey.
Not the color so much, but the middle zone that is neither black nor white, right nor wrong, good nor bad. Because in this special middle zone is most of life –certainly the good stuff. It’s where we find the unique, the complex, and the mysterious. It’s where we discover our strongest bonds and deepest loves.
It’s not always easy to be a fan of grey.
In fact, it’s really frickin’ challenging most days! I think that’s because we’re “hard wired” to like simple choices, to like black and white –it makes it easier to identify things as “all good” or “all bad” and therefore know where danger and safety lie.
Thankfully, we have very complex wiring. We can bypass any one program with another in order to dive into the messy middle zone where life in its truest colors can be found –not just life the way you or I picture it.
If we can enter this zone of confusion, we can also avoid becoming creatures who couldn’t spot nuance with a microscope –which just doesn’t sound like us!
We can master the confusion as a means to embracing more of life.
Embracing confusion lets us hold space for people we understand and people we don’t.
Embracing complexity helps us build compassion for those we accept and those we reject.
Embracing what we know and what we don’t reminds us that animals and plants and all the stars in the universe need to be considered our equals. We are, after all, made of the same ingredients.
Hari om tat sat!
Experience your true self and bring it into every moment of your living!
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a classical text on yoga–a guidebook of sorts.
Each week, 216 teacher Esther Palmer dives into one of the sutras and we let it take us where it takes us.