Hello! It has been so long since I have posted and lately I have found myself timid about posting because I have waited so long. Ahh, but here I am. Life has offered me some painful experiences lately and processing those has taken a great deal of time and energy.
My pattern during times of challenging emotion is to look anywhere and everywhere but within. I have spent a great deal of time, money and effort in my life to try to escape myself and my feelings. Through personal work, the Grace of the Universe placing a spiritual path before me that speaks to my heart, the support of like-minded friends, family, my dear husband Steve and the practice of yoga I return again and again (sometimes begrudgingly) to the altar of my heart.
It seems to be the way of us mortals/Americans. The tantalizing call of what lies "out there". Surely rest comes in some outside, made up, futuristic ideal. My dear friends and I were talking this weekend about how often we live in pursuit of the next idea/thing that will make us safe and happy when the truth is that our lives are full, abundant and beautiful right now.
So, all of this to say that the path in my own life always leads to the doorstep of my own heart. THIS is the unchanging residence of the One that is always with me (and you). There is NO WHERE out there that will lend me the everlasting companionship of my own heart. When Swami Muktananda said, The heart if the hub of all of consciousness" he was not playing around. The guy was on to something. He told us, "to go there", "to ROAM there".
Sometimes I try to buck up and try my old ideals out. Dang, all they cause is pain. The answer is here.
My friend Suzanne reminds me there is no "right" time to meditate. Be with yourself for 5 minutes. Just do it. Life continues and the One is with you right now. Much love.
We will be practicing LOVE filled backbends in class tonight at 6 p.m.(5 points Yoga). Hope to see you there.
The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is "look under foot." You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
- John Burroughs