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Monday, October 14, 2013
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I've had this on the board for about a month. I'm going to change it this week. I post something different at least once a month - soon I think every two weeks.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Vulnerability IS the human condition. Yes - You ARE vulnerable to EVERYTHING.
We get on a plane - we can catch a cold or worse. We could fall out of the sky - yet we fly!
We live, work, ride on buses, drive on highways, interact with people who are in variant stages of insanity (including us) yet most of us get home every night. By the GRACE of the Universe, we do not live in a war zone!
We get up every morning and we step into the world in some form or another.
We are by virtue of being human - Vulnerable.
What a cruel joke it is that at a moments notice you could be gone - heart attack, stroke, getting hit by a car - simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time... or is it right place at the right time... There are countless stories about people 'cheating' death in one instance and weeks/months later It catching up with them.
Our hearts are vulnerable - how many of us have lost those near and dear to us, family, friends, lovers one way or another? Everyone has! Being in relationship is part of the human condition which is what makes vulnerability a part of the human condition. You can't "fight" it - it is not "like height". It is not measurable, it is not material - it is as it is.
Stop fighting it. Let go!
Beyond the layer of fear is a place of warmth that is the embrace of the Divine. The Ecstatic Surrender. Do this and vulnerability will not be your enemy. Look at the sculpture of the "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" by Bernini - it is her surrender to the Will of God - Ecstasy through Grace.
To know and live through your own heart is to know the Divine - and isn't that ultimately what we are here for!?
Give up the need for control. Shit happens for better or worse. If you must, learn from it. We always want reasons for everything - 'why' is a question that can never be answered. Especially to our satisfaction - so let go.
Everything makes sense when you die to your own idea of yourself. Fear of vulnerability comes from an Identification with the small self. Me and I; an attachment to you and your physical and mental ability to stave off intruders. To protect oneself at all costs - to the cost of one's Heart (not the sentimental heart though).
Non-attachment is key.
This energy that we live, flows through us whatever we are masquerading as - take it off - take off your costume and live as you truly are.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It's like being the ocean.
The surface of the water because of its saltiness stays buoyant. It doesn't know the depth of the ocean, and stays happily afloat to tend to it's comings and goings.
Then it is churned up by a storm or a big wave and is brought under and gets caught in the current and so becomes aware of its own depth and a whole new world it didn't know about (or had forgotten about) opens up (awareness).
Perhaps the once surface of the ocean would like to stay down and discover this vast weightless, calm embodiment of Self, but because of the nature of the ocean, constantly churning and changing, reacting and flowing, the surface of the ocean will have to once again at some point become the surface. Once it's been churned and tossed around a bit, led and cradled by the depth of it, it will bring to the surface with it a part of that depth - it is no longer what it was.
The changes will continue to occur as long as the surface of the ocean allows itself to be taken to its depths. It will always resurface until one day, it is no longer the same as it started. If the ocean is stagnant - resists change - then the surface will forget its depth.
Let the wind, rain, storms, and currents of your life take you to your depths.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The past two weeks, I have focused on the Primary Series. Haven't done it - consistently - for a while. Wanted to get back into it - really missed it. It was so hard to do in the beginning years ago when I first started to practice. My body and system did not like all the forward bends. It really effected me - and not in a good way. I remember how I would not be able to do ALL of the postures. It took years upon years of practice to get me to a point of feeling good in the practice.
But it came at a price. I mangled my body and stressed it out just by working into the postures.
I have a very sensitive system - even my bodyworker whether it is a chiropractor/thai massage/SOT therapist, says that my body has extreme reactions to adjustments. In other words, the work that I do in my practice can really set off a chain reaction of pain. Shoulder pain, back pain. Stiff neck and back. Sore hips and aching legs. So I had to lay off for a while.
Now - it's all back. The shoulder pain especially. It's because my right shoulder leans more into the forward bends and it puts it out every time. Even when I am totally conscious of it.
That's a part of the practice then isn't it. The physical practice is easier - I know the postures I can get into easily, I know the postures I can get into with some effort, and I know the postures, for my body's sack, I shouldn't push. It is a part of the practice to know these things.
I need to work like this for a while and let my body slowly work out the kinks again.
I know that if I were in Mysore practice I would try to push myself too much - spurred on by the energy of the room. Although I really love that - being with all those people. It has never served me.
Today I practice quietly in my home - I've got a great little spot - breathing and working through the aches in my body with a clear and calm mind. I do not push. I listen and learn. And I love every minute of it!