The juggler enters a state of non-duality where she becomes one with the activity. Juggling is motion meditation. It is concentration with SOURCE looking on. SOURCE is also referred to as the SUPREME SELF. The same SOURCE is in everybody. The juggler merges with the activity. Language ceases. WORDS ARE TRAPS. When the juggler starts to think or speak in language is when the juggler is prone to drop a ball or whatever she is juggling – duality. The noisy mind is observed by SOURCE. We also enter the state of Yoga in other sports because of merging with the activity. If we become conscious of the fact that we are merging, we eventually return to our natural state of non-duality in everyday life.
JUGGLING IS YOGA
Published by Gary Hobbins
I was born in Wisconsin to a Roman Catholic family. My mother June was a talented writer and started her own service club. My father Joe was a Right-of-Way agent for Bell telephone. Joe was an avid golfer and overall sports enthusiast. Joe would play sports with me and I became a life-long athlete. I was known as a rebel and was expelled from the Catholic school I attended at the age of fourteen. I was arrested at nineteen for being a thief and was placed on probation. Around this time, not being happy, I turned inward. I worked at different jobs that did not satisfy my budding inner life. I traveled down south several times reading books trying to find myself. In 1980, at the age of twenty-seven, I enrolled at a local college. I was now in an interesting environment. I was curious about almost everything and I eventually majored in speech and psychology or speaking and thinking. Many people told me that I was funny. I was able to make them laugh about unusual subjects. In the summers of 1981 and 1982, while still a college student, I traveled to Minneapolis and pursued the art of stand-up comedy. During these summers I would write comedy, run twenty-five miles a week and perform comedy at night. I was also a juggler but did not juggle in my stand-up act. I took up Hatha yoga and studied nutrition. In Minneapolis, I interacted with the local up-and-coming comedians. Minneapolis at that time had a small close-knit comedy culture that produced a good number of comedians and some became quite famous. I was making audiences laugh shortly after I started. During this time I was also performing comedy in other cities. I planned on being a professional comedian. Catholicism conditioned me to have a clear inner voice. I had to make people laugh and the only way I could see to do it was to be brutally honest with myself. I thought honesty would align me with common reality. The Sisters of St. Agnes, who taught me, always told me to tell the truth. So I was continually examining myself and weeding out delusional thinking. This became my way of life. One day in 1983, I was alone at my parents house and all of a sudden I had a massive spontaneous kundalini awakening. The awakening of this spiritual energy made me realize my self. I achieved the ability, among others, to see through other peoples egos or read their hearts. I was forever changed. In 1983 there was no internet or otherwise easily accessible information for me to be able to find out what had happened to me. Because of the massive explosion of energy my nervous and digestive system had to rebuild. Due to what happened to me, I changed my plans and soon moved in with my best friend and her son. We lived together for many years. I hid out in college going on and off for thirteen years. I read one book after another to understand what happened to me. I eventually received an M.A. in Speech/Rhetoric and also amassed many extra college credits. Currently I am an investor and forever a student. I am repentant of the trouble I got into years ago and the embarrassment it brought to my parents. People that knew me when I was a kid remark that I sure changed my ways. I went through what I call psycho/spiritual/physical alchemy or I transformed myself by healing the past and living in the ongoing present. View all posts by Gary Hobbins
4 thoughts on “JUGGLING IS YOGA”
My nephew, an Iron Man athlete, calls it “the zone” when he enters the experience that you describe. I call it ‘contemplation’, an emptying in order to allow the Holy Spirit to enter my being. B
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Yes, this is the state of Contemplation, that is, the mature state, that we really strive to get in touch with, and stay in, as much as we can. We struggle with language to label our true connection with God or Source, but the state of Contemplation, and its farther reaches, is what is behind spiritual traditions and philosophies.
Profound statement similar to riding a bike or walking with a cup of coffee. If you look at the cup you run the risk of spilling, the body seems to know what to do without you concentrating on it.
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Yes, a centering and balancing activity. We tune into this part of ourselves. We become Aware. This is the state that takes us farther and farther.