Good day, kind and gentle reader. I did a guest post for Ayurveda at a Glance: Yoga, Ayurveda and Earth Medicine, the blog of one of my very favorite yoga teachers, and want to share it with you: Meditation Practice: 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. ~Arundhati Roy
1. Truth: To realize a dream, an aspiration, a wish, a longing, a calling, what I hunger for and what haunts me, I must be able to name it. Write it down, flesh it out, visualize it, seek it out, look it directly in the eye, know it, claim it. Be able to say what it is, what I want, how I want to feel, plain and clear and true, see it whole.
2. Truth: Once I know what I want, I can want it without apology. As poet Mary Oliver says, “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” Once I’ve identified what I long for, I can start moving in that direction. I don’t need any special equipment or training. I don’t need anyone’s permission (except my own). I simply take one tiny step, and then another. I can start any time, knowing that it is never too late, all I have to do is get out of my own way.
3. Truth: It is essential to keep my heart open to whatever arises. I can expect that things might not look how I imagined or go the way I planned, that I might get confused or even a little lost, that the dream might shift its shape as I live my way closer to it. I can ask for help, for guidance, for training, for support when I need it. I can drop my agenda, give up control, let go, surrender to the magic.
One wish: That with a compassionate vision, deep knowing, and skillful means, we all find our way to a life we love living.