As an Aussie living in London, I often reflect on what a wonderfully exciting city this is. There’s such a buzz of creative energy in the air. So many people with innovative endeavours, bringing new ideas to life.
But have you noticed that within that creative buzz, there is a sense of restlessness? A deeper layer of anxiety. A creative restlessness as opposed to a creative stability. And this tends to be the nature of humanity. When we get creative, we tend to get restless. We get so into the busy-ness of being creative that we often unhinge from the ground of ‘being’. We disconnect.
Then there are some places you go where you initially sense a lot of stillness. You arrive and find yourself saying, “ahhh, this is still.” But then at the same time you don’t sense any creativity. On the surface there seems to be simplicity and yet after a while you realise it’s not simplicity you feel, it’s not stillness – it’s stagnation. And you can handle it only for a little while and then you want get out of there.
The purpose of yoga is to come to that place where stillness and creativity can meet. Dynamic stillness. This where the real essence of creativity resides.
There seems to be a struggle for humanity to be at peace and yet to be creative at the same time. But if we are interested in living our life of deep purpose, there has to be a merging of the creative and the still. The dynamic and the profoundly silent.
When you make contact with that field of silence, it will come up as very powerful. You will experience it as a very dynamic and revitalising force. It will not pull you down. It will expand your consciousness but it will not be ‘chatterboxy’.
We would like to thank our fantastic Brand Warrior Caleb Packham for writing this article for us.