Struggle and contentment are co-dependant — two sides of the same coin, so to speak. We must struggle to live, yet we must actually relax to enjoy living. As chapter 33 says, He who knows contentment is rich. How does one manage those two ‘projects’ without becoming neurotic or confused? Is that a clue to how we can become neurotic or confused?
One of the most profound long-term opportunities of doing Hatha Yoga daily is that it provides a ‘field’ in which to simultaneously struggle and relax. ‘Ha‘ actually means sun; ‘tha‘ means moon; and yoga means (1) to put a yoke on (2) to harness (an animal) to (a plow) (3) to join together; link (4) to join in marriage. The word hatha yoga elegantly embodies its core purpose… the joining together of struggle and contentment in ‘holy matrimony’. I’ve found that yoga accomplishes this purpose well, especially as it evolves into a private, non-competitive, life-long practice.
Activity driven by the competitive spirit is ‘ha’ biased. Activity driven by a cooperative spirit is ‘tha’ biased. It seems life’s pendulum always tends to swing past the ‘golden middle’.
The benefit of setting time aside each day to manage this swing is priceless. As chapter 64 cautions, Deal with a thing while it is still nothing; Keep a thing in order before disorder sets in.