I awoke with a blue sky in my face. Sun felt like sun again and the heat filled every single part of me, the light was every part of me. What a world of strange shapes and colours and sounds, a painting in motion, an ever changing piece of art in every sense, sometimes tragic yet shapeable. Pavement covered in dirt seems like gold, why? The bitterest of tastes are welcome and the sweetest are cherished. Nothing goes overlooked, nothing goes unappreciated. Every inanimate part suddenly seems to breath and pulse with life although it may not have seemed to before. It came alive because you chose to see it is living, ridding of illusions and letting a clear image be shown. There is so much space, there is so much energy, embrace it, it can be easy to forget.
Running through grocery store isles and jungle trails
rushing down long highways
at the end I see the sun
Above stars flicker like embers in the coal
Laughter blows as wind
and tears are welcome rivers
glistening as they descend down wind touched cheeks
hints of magic on a frame
Banging drums and kicking until the fire burns away
from the grips of the night
reluctantly shying from sleep and then softly
accepting and rejoicing in it’s gift
anticipating secretly when the sun rises again,
burning with life
each ray a firework
and each moment it’s own big bang
the celebration roars on.
Step by step, tree by tree, I continued down the path. Footsteps melted into the rock and left only slight prints, mild traces of something that was now gone, further along the trail. The smell in the air that of fall and leaves and twigs. The scent of innocent green that comes from within tiny branches, and of the sturdiness of the trees in the wind. Reaching out I brushed the trees rough skin. The leaves all danced overhead and I could feel tiny rays of sun poking through the thick, and in the shadows, see the night already, where the glowing moon would shine like a beacon of love over it all. In an instant I felt the ground move quicker beneath me as my legs carried my beating heart along, or the other way around, racing with the wind, escaping from delusion.
I think of this term every time I feel like I am pushing myself too hard or having unrealistic expectations, all mindsets that will put me in a box. Just as in yoga we do in order to be, performing asanas with the intention of bringing ourselves into oneness, being in the present moment, as we truly exist, we do the same in our day to day lives, yet it is our conditioning to be so caught up in the do that we forget about the be. Let’s change that conditioning. We can perform sivasana on the mat, teaching ourselves to completely let go, and it’s beautiful, necessary, our vision becomes clear, our soul shines through. To then be able to take this ‘letting go’ off the mat into our daily lives is a breakthrough, and just one of the many goals of the practice. As quite a productive person my whole life this has been something my grasp has been firm on, and yoga has helped me loosen the grip on; the pressure I put on myself to be constantly ‘doing’. While on the mat I can seem to let go, my tendencies toward ‘burning the candle at both ends’ have taught me to take it back a notch, and just as we can’t ‘do nothing all the time’ we can’t be ‘go go go’ all the time. Just like nourishing our bodies with good foods, we must take care of our ‘chi’, ‘prana’ or ‘life force energy. Think of a car on a roadtrip that is driven for many kilometres all the time, it wears out faster, maybe it overheats or runs out of oil. Seems simple doesn’t it? Now I don’t mean sitting on the couch all day and watching TV necessarily, but releasing the hold of the mind that is telling us we must be ‘going’. All the time. Near the middle is where we thrive. Sure, life’s goings on fluctuate as all things do, but the skill is in bringing ourselves back to centre so that we can continue living and loving with the vibrancy that we deserve. Asking yourself, “Am I honoring myself the time to not just give and put out into the universe, but to allow it to flow through me?” or vice versa, is the first step in bringing ourselves to this sacred balance. A resistance of any sort in nature’s flow when too strong creates imbalance, and where the mind, body and spirit aren’t balance, illness can result. Resistance to a certain situation for example, maybe we don’t like our workplace. We can resist it thinking every day of how we loathe the place, causing ourselves stress which can have many effects in the body, or accept what is and then try to change it. The choice is ours. Listening to our bodies and hearts is where the key to the awareness of this flow lies. As we meditate, practice asanas, mantras, we are tuning into this flow, the one that will guide us through life healthfully, more balanced. So sit back. Listen to your breath. Or the birds outside. Sometimes you just have to lay back, release ambition, and sweetly practice ‘the art of doing nothing’.
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We are all children of the universe. Students of life, we are all children together. Be humbled in this. Feel it in the yellow flowers and in the purple. In each green leaf, each our brothers and sisters as the people we hold so dearly. We can see the cycle. The once green leaf now brown and laying with the others, having been through it’s natural cycle and still moving, changing. We are like the coconut and the coconut husk laying with the leaves. The husk is a body, the life energy is all around. It is everywhere, in everything. It has just transformed. This, like the sunset, reminds us of our impermanence. As we continue walking toward the sun we never actually reach it, the world and everything within and without it keeps spinning. When you, as a star, as a part of a whole and a whole in yourself, find yourself in aligment in the universe you will feel it. You will know. Do not resist it. There is only one force we can really control, from our hearts and souls and this is love. This is how the soul can transform the life-force. Do not let your light be ‘overtaken’, remembering that darkness cannot overcome light. In this realization, we are free. We are given the chance as conscious beings to live as we please, to be here for a blink of an eye, an explosion of stars, with the purpose to love and grow and share and eventually return home. We are a beautiful blip in the realm of ‘time’ and space, and love is our purpose, life is our purpose.
One of the biggest lessons yoga has taught, and confirmed for me, is the power of softness. Through softness we can achieve so much more than through harsh pressure, allowing what is natural to just be, taking time and care, nurturing attention, helping the waves along rather than swimming against them. The ability to hold that space and being conscious and accepting what is, and going from there. Acknowledging that wherever you are is where you’re meant to be and using a directed, relaxed effort to keep moving forward beautifully. Softness in discipline is required to continue to grow in a mindful and gentle way, steadily and successfully, unheeded by the distraction of pure ambition. Harnessing and allowing your cellular and ever present intelligence to guide you and listening to it’s voice. Knowing when to push further and when to take a step back. As long as we listen deeply to ourselves and our bodies and act accordingly with the mindful determination of a peaceful warrior, there is no obstacle we cannot overcome through softness.
Love and light,
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