Yes, it’s official – Mark hates tea so much he would rather drink his own wee:
This is a video about attractions and aversions – what’s interesting about that is that in our philosophy we don’t tend to think about aversions as being a problem. It’s natural to us to feel averse from things like urine and faeces, dirt and disease – but in yoga these aversions, though natural, are obstacles to progress. I need to come back to this as it’s complicated to explain, but the idea is that the right path to take is always a happy medium. Take alcohol, for example: the problems with having a strong attraction to alcohol are well-documented: but the problems of having a strong aversion may involve self-righteousness, obsessive behaviour and a holier-than-thou attitude. Attraction and aversion are in fact opposite sides of the same coin, and the right way is to find the middle path.
When Mark talks about yoga I am in the rare and privileged position of knowing more than he does – and actually understanding what he says. However, this doesn’t last long; and is usually succeeded by an incomprehensible comment. When this happens I am forced to ask myself the following questions:
a) thinking aloud, in which case I can safely ignore him
b) trying to communicate but failing because he is using incomprehensible words (and before breakfast at that!)
c) trying to communicate but failing because he is using perfectly normal words but gabbling so as to render them incomprehensible
When I have performed this differential diagnosis then I can proceed to the appropriate action, which is:
a) Ignore it
b) Say wearily, ‘what?’
c) replay the utterance in my head and try to decipher it.
Of course, in practice I can’t usually be bothered to go through this process and so I end up doing either b) or c).
It’s very tiring.
And now I must away to bother God.