When considering religion many people seem to forget there is more to the picture than the literal and absolute. Over the centuries, human understanding of the world has evolved a thousand times over. Truth has evolved a thousand times over. Even within the age of empiricism and science, truth has been proven dynamic, sometimes even on a daily basis.
So when it comes to religion (and I mean true religion, not the many institutions crafted to control) it’s not about truth, it’s never been about truth. It’s not about what the words of the profits say, it’s about what they do.
True religiosity, the true spirituality is not about finding the meaning of life or some greater purpose. It’s simply about finding a little peace of mind and a little contentment in life. By and large, it’s just about a small respite from the trials and tribulations of our competitive confrontational society.
Of course this respite can be a brief escape or a final departure. It just depends on how much energy you are willing to commit. But for all intensive purposes, a brief respite is all anyone really needs.
So why do we move? We move for the same reason the humans of past centuries prayed so devotedly. Regardless of why they did so, regardless of their hope for a heavenly life eternal, those prayers were answered in their daily lives. In those moments it was an escape their worldly concerns, from their petty worries and insecurities. We find the same in movement.
“It’s not about what the words of the profits say, it’s about what they do.”
It is the essential quality of Yoga but it is so much more far reaching. Wether it is digging into the petals of your bike and becoming one with the machine. The twisting of handles and frame to the rhythm of your legs lifting you outside your usual self as you become one with the experience.
Or in the words of one surfer:
When you are waiting for a wave your mind can think a thousand different things. when you paddle for a wave your mind thinks of only a few things. when you catch a wave your mind thinks of only one thing, that one thing is joy. This is why I surf.
We needn’t loose what religion gave to humanity for so many centuries. We must simply consider it differently.