The Yoga of Sailing novelThe science of yoga claims that all experience is a combination of the qualities of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and space. We know the world and ourselves as the ever-changing fluxing of these elements.

As much as I can be present to all the changing moods of water, I can then be alive to these ripples and movements and fluxes in me.

Do we need mental activity to make a claim for love, connection, responsiveness. Of course not.

When thinking is out of the way, my infinitely responsive body can engage with this dance of life and know itself. The human imperative is to know, rather than fix.

The elements show us to ourselves, and our possibilities. We are essentially unfixed, ever-changing, fluxing. When the mind fixes, life unravels and returns us to the dance.

The sea holds all its moods steadily, the great container, the matrix of all the fermenting of life.

These intuitions into life and learning — and many more — are detailed in Dyana’s Anchors in an Open Sea trilogy, beginning with book 1: The Yoga of Sailing.

For more on Dyana’s yoga and philosophy, see Dyana’s website.

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