Playing with the edge

Consider the infinite diversity of our world.  Consider the vastness of the universe.  Consider how your love is so deep as to consume your entire consciousness and yet the one you love is never entirely knowable to you.

Years ago, a yoga teacher encouraged us to ‘play with the edge.’   If you’ve ever done yoga, you know the experience of moving into the pose, moving as far as you can to the edge of your capability, and hanging there.  It’s that place where you can, with patience, pry open the door to personal progress.  Do not shrink from that edge; rather, learn to go there gently and confidently and remain there in calm strength.

To progress, to learn, to evolve into our ideals, we do best to become comfortable with living on the edge this way.   If ignorance is not knowing what you don’t know, enlightenment is opening to the universe beyond your personal edges, allowing the probability that what you don’t know is infinitely larger than what you do know.  Once past selfishness and fear, you find that the vastness of the unknown becomes the very nourishment of your days.  Staying within your native ‘comfort zone’ no longer satisfies.

While these thoughts pertain to personal life, they apply just as well to the business world.  In your work, do you cling to the known, the predictable, the accustomed?  Whether boss or employee, do you catch yourself striving to establish once and for all your systems and methods?  Do you tend to ignore issues that are distasteful or threatening to you?  Do you wait until conditions force you to buckle before you speak up or take action?

Consider how learning to hang at the edge, to abide not in the center of your known world but at its fringes, will spin a life more enlightening and rewarding than you can even imagine.

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