Until my mid-thirties I had a strict 2 drinks max policy. On the other side of that, though, I thoroughly overdid things to my detriment a few times. The day after the last time I drank mindlessly, I had 2 grand mal seizures!!! Why? Because having always been a “good boy” I wanted to rebel. Why? Because I was tired of finding my worth in my goodness. Why? Because part of me knew my true identity and value had zero to do with my performance, good or bad. I share this not only because there’s something powerful and life-changing about asking and learning “why” we act, react, think, believe, and do what we do, but also because our first answer, or four, will often not get to the root reason.
Sakichi Toyoda, the father figure of Toyota Motor Company, created the “5 Whys”, because asking “why” five times expands our awareness and generally gets us to the heart of a matter. To repeatedly wonder “why”, while reflecting on, sitting with, and growing from what you discover is beneath your choices, responses, and thinking is to practice the essence of yoga and grow into ever-greater aliveness.
More than perhaps anything else, asking myself with kindness and curiosity “why”, constantly brings me closer to myself, others, and the Spirit behind this all, while opening my mind to greater peace, soul to bottomless joy, and heart to endless Love. How might it aid you today?
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