Hercule Poirot is the Belgian detective who appears in over thirty of her novels and probably sixty-some times in her short stories. In fact, little piece of trivia here, Poirot was the first fictional character to ever be on the front page if The New York Times; it was in the form of his obituary. But I digress from the connection to our yoga...
From Sufi poet Rumi, "There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of That Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That."
Turning inside to our truth, finding out how to do that on the yoga mat.
“It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot” ― Agatha Christie
Poirot is correct about our answers coming from within. However, we need to almost bypass the brain cells, the thinking mind, and get to a quieter place.
My son introduced to a new game app called Trivia Crack. It is very similar to Trivial Pursuit. When a question appears that I do not know the answer to (which is often), I let my finger (guided by intuition) choose the answer. When I do this, I am most often correct. This frustrates Adam because he thinks it isn't fair to get the answer right by guessing, but I am not guessing. When I do guess, I allow my brain to dwell on each answer and try to think it out and I am usually wrong. I am much more accurate when I bypass the thinking brain and simply let intuition guide me. The brain is like an archaeologist's playground; it covers our knowledge with all sorts of crazy thoughts, ideas and perceptions. We have to find stillness through meditation to dig down to what we really truly do know.
In Death on the Nile, Poirot states, “In the course of an excavation, when something comes up out of the ground, everything is cleared away very carefully all around it. You take away the loose earth, and you scrape here and there with a knife until finally your object is there, all alone, ready to be drawn and photographed with no extraneous matter confusing it. That is what I have been seeking to do—clear away the extraneous matter so that we can see the truth—the naked shining truth.” Agatha Christie
“Everybody always knows something,” said Adam, “even if it’s something they don’t know they know.” — Agatha Christie, Cat Among the Pigeons