Zen Master poet Gesshu Soko writes:
Arrows, let flown each to each
Meet midway and slice
The void in aimless flight –
Thus I return to the source.
In asana practice, we try to balance right and left, front and back, top and bottom. On a very subtle level, we align the human body, so that the subtle energy moves up the central energy channel. When our body loses its tension and collapse, this balance takes place. When our heart loses its fear and our mind loses its bias, this supreme balance takes place. Our posture is further refined by listening to the sound of the breath, traveling through the flute of the body. As the posture and the absorption of prana is refined, the need to breathe becomes significantly less. Thus, we as practitioners find ourselves in deep states of relative silence.
To further the refinement even more, our mind has to become more deeply engrossed in the subtle and sublime. Sri Aurobindo writes that “yoga is balance.” Is balance the cessation of movement and time? Is balance the return to the source? Maybe this is the peace and eternal happiness for which we all search.