Linear vs. Cyclical Experiences

When a basil plant reaches its flowering stage it displays the beauty of the flowers as the pinnacle of its growth. It also begins to slowly die. On the other hand, when the plant’s stems are cut with at least a couple lower leaves intact, the plant continues to grow and thrive and produce it’s delicious edible leaves.

We experience life in both of these ways. We either explore an activity or a relationship in a linear way towards a pinnacle flowering point, or we explore in a cyclical manner with ongoing growth to experience and savour and digest.

Both approaches to experiencing life are valid and important. Both approaches are and have been applied to physical yoga practice on the mat. Which approach do you follow on the mat? And why?

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