I was practicing yoga as the sun rose today … and there were times during my practice where I would notice the warmth of the sun on my skin. Then I was noticing the breath. Then I was noticing the birds outside. Then I was noticing the wind … I couldn’t possibly take all of this in at once, but when I focused on one thing at time, I felt a very potent sensation in my body.
There are few things as potent as having a one-pointed focus. This is a concept that was introduced to me during my teacher training, as we pored through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In this little treasure of a book, there are instructions for how to attain enlightenment, but I never thought that I would have the patience to focus on one type of meditation for as long as it would take to reveal the truths of the practice.
The truth is that you don’t have to sit in a cave for 14 hours a day in order to practice. The truth is that the practice should become a part of your life, a part of your way of being in the world.
We cannot live a life untouched by fear and angst, but we can remain rooted in our heart’s purpose each and every day.
It will be this small insistence in you that will help you make small gains each day towards a life of peace. It is essential to have a home practice – a 5 minute meditation, a ritual to making your morning coffee or tea, a few restorative yoga poses before bed.
The intensity of the practice is not as important as the consistency.
When you ask yourself each day “What do I need?” you can begin to honor the deep cravings of your soul. When your Soul feels liberated enough in the body, and you are able to integrate body and soul as one, you will experience true growth and change.
The most profound truth though, my friends, is the truth that lies in the very moment in which you read these words. It is not the words themselves that are the truth. It is this. very. breath.
Slow your life down to the pace at which you can truly absorb the details. Obviously, this is not possible to do in each moment of your life, but you can practice for one moment each day and all these moments accumulate for you.
Do not allow the opinions of the Ego to dictate what you should be thinking and feeling from one moment to the next.
Defend this Moment ….
and Defend the next moment…. and the next … and on and on … Do not allow the destructive, distracting thoughts of the voice inside you to rob you of the precious gift of the present moment. It is up to you to find your own personal truth each and every day.
The Light in Me sees the Light in You ~ Namaste