Neutral mind means you stay neutral. You are able to make choices, and listen to intuitive flow more readily—no matter what position you find yourself in.
Monkey mind. Thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere. Rushing to judgement, hurrying to react. We all have experienced these types of occasions from time to time. Whether driven by external forces or an inner discomfort, we are sometimes challenged to find a place of stillness and quiet.
Consciously cultivating a Neutral Mind helps us to become less of a victim of all these fluctuations, and we gain a greater command of how we show up in the world. Neutral Mind means we don’t take sides. Neutral Mind means just that—we stay neutral. We take the middle road. Or maybe before we choose our path, we are able to stop and take a breath first.
In between each inhale and each exhale lies a place where breath is suspended, if only for a fraction of a moment. It is that time when things change direction—the inhale becomes the exhale; the outbreath becomes the inbreath. It is a place of freedom, albeit brief, where we can reconnect with our inner landscape. And by connecting with our inner landscape, we are better connected to our outer world as well. (Have you noticed that yoga is full of paradoxes? It’s like a beautiful box. You open it up and inside, you discover the most beautiful box. Then you want to open that box. Which of course, contains another beautiful box…)
When we practice yoga—and also meditation—we are more readily able to connect with this neutral space, and we can even begin to cultivate it. We can find neutrality within a yoga pose; the pushing and pulling, the rooting down and the rising up. We can find the space between, where everything is perfectly balanced.
If we consciously hone our observation skills, we become experts at finding this neutral space in other areas of our lives besides on the mat. Can you pause before passing judgement? Can you breathe before reacting? We can learn to spend time in the space between; we can become experts at cultivating neutrality.
Staying neutral gives us choices. Pausing before reacting gives us the space and the power to make those choices. Choice means freedom.
Written by Andrea Neil, ryt 500, TIYT
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