There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha
We often think of yoga as a body practice. And I love yoga for the way it encourages me to drop down into my body and create more strength and flexibility and space in this container through which I experience the world.
But yoga is also a spiritual practice. And right now, yoga is reminding me to stop playing caregiver, to stop abandoning myself, to pause for a moment to listen to my inner voice about where to go next on this journey.
As human beings, we have an extraordinary ability to to be rooted and flowing at the same time. As we flow through our practice, we can celebrate the literal and figurative changes that are an integral part of our life path.
And change is inevitable, whether we are open to it or whether we resist it.
Sahasrara, the seventh chakra, asks us to transcend our habitual, sensory ways of knowing and open our awareness to the infinite unfoldings of the world beyond that which we know.
Meditation is essential to the practice of seeing beyond the habitual patterns of our minds and the maze we move through, mostly by rote.
Meditation isn’t an addition to yoga; it’s the essence of yoga, and woven into the foundation of the practice. Through meditation, we can systematically tune out the outside world and cultivate sensitivity to the inner. Through that sensitivity, we can connect with all things. We are the vortex of all that we experience. We are the center from which our perspective flows.
Sometimes we forget where we are going and have to reset our compass. I am at such a juncture. One of the things my practice has taught me is that falling out of a pose is human. The choice to get back into the pose, over and over, is the path of the yogi.
Katherine Hurst offers these mantras, which I take with me as I find my way:
- “I am attuned to the divine energy of the universe.”
- “I know my own spiritual truth and I live in accordance with it.”
- “Today I am open to divine guidance.”
- “I see the beauty in the world and I embrace it.”
- “Lovingly, I emit light that attracts others who will bring love into my life.”
- “I am love, I am light, and I am joy.”
My practice is taking me off the mat. I am leaving on a journey for the next few days and will be temporarily unavailable and unreachable. This is difficult for me to do, but as Brene Brown says, “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”
The divine light in me sees, recognizes, and honors the divine light in you. Until we meet again, may you treat yourself with kindness, compassion and unconditional acceptance, just as you would your very dearest friend.