Pointing at the Moon

January 15, 2018 | By More

Zofia Kumas-Tan

A bit of Zen wisdom came to my mind recently: The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon itself. Yoga practices and teachings are like fingers pointing to the moon. They are trying to show us something, to lead us towards something. They are helping us to experience Truth. But sometimes we become so fixated on the finger – the method or the teaching – that we forget about the moon. We forget that our practice is not the end goal, but a way of attaining our goal, of discovering Truth.

It is easy to forget about the moon. Our yoga practice is concrete, something easy for us to grasp, to work with – so we focus on refining our yoga postures, or doing breathing exercises, or completing x repetitions of a mantra. But let’s remember that these are tools, these are pointers. We must look past the pointers and see what they are pointing to.

How? Do your practice (postures, breathing, meditation, etc.), and as you do, or after you do, make a point of noticing what you feel in your body and mind. What effect does the practice have on your body/mind? What does your practice teach you about yourself? Do insights arise in the course of your practice, or perhaps after your practice? Simply asking these kinds of questions will invite insights to arise!

The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon itself. And yet, the finger does help us to see the moon. It is our starting point and our guide. However, not all fingers are equal; some teachings and teachers will point us towards Truth more directly than others. I gratefully acknowledge the guidance of my teacher, Rupa of Wishingtree Yoga. Having completed her 200-hour Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and her 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, I can say that she has a special, simple, profound way of teaching. If I had to choose one finger to show me the moon, it would be hers.

Feel free to contact me with questions or comments through my website: sageleafyoga.ca

Rupa has been practicing Yoga since 1996 in China. Her Chinese background and training gives her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way. Join Rupa for an unforgettable journey towards Self-realization. The experience will give an understanding of Yoga’s amazing scientific knowledge and provide practical skills and techniques to use on and off the mat! It is all about your SELF.

For more information, visit www.wishingtreeyoga.ca

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