The Yoga-Master’s Motivation


As the yoga-master was sitting in his temple in the lotus position, the young novice approached him with a troubled expression and a question on his mind.

"Master,” said the novice, “how is it that you can sit in meditation for so long? When I do, my legs hurt, my back aches and my mind wanders to all of the things I must do. It takes all of my powers not to think of all the problems I have, and even then I can only manage a clear mind for fleeting moments.”

To which the master replied, “My son, when you can do something you love and do it so well that it takes no thought to do, then you will have learned the art of mastering yourself.”

"But master,” implored the young apprentice, “how do I learn to do this like you do?”

"Firstly,” said the master, “do not do it like I do, do it in like of what you do. Secondly, to do it in like of what you do, you must practise, practise and practise. That is why I am here,” said the master, “to help you practise”.

This story, via its analogy, highlights for us the necessity of connecting with our passion. To find and then practise something we really love doing, something that we are really passionate about. When we connect with our passion we are doing something that we are not only passionate about, but the doing makes us FEEL GOOD.

Consider that the feeling you would get when racing down a hill on a bike is exhilaration. The feeling you would get when undertaking a community service is satisfaction and perhaps the feeling you would get from knitting is peace. It is the intimate connection between what we feel and what we do that allows us the capacity to step outside of ourselves and continually practise our craft to the highest level of mastery. At the same time, through the passion of our craft, we can re-connect the soul with the body; we can exist in a state of total relaxation without the clamour and chime of our minds in continual agitation.

By S
tephen Chong M.Ed.

Excerpt from The Music of the Soul: A Pathway to a Rich and Fulfilling Life, 2011, p.54-55, Sid Harta Publishers Pty Ltd