This is part 3 of a multipart blog series. Click here to read part 1.
It’s time… the glory and the chaos of the holidays is drawing to a close; the new year is ahead now and our sight may drift to the future as we contemplate where we’ve been and where we would like to go… in presence.
Where do you want to go?
This time of year is universal in its opportunity to grow and expand our horizons; to find an inner solace that soothes the past in hopes of wiping the slate clean. We all carry baggage; our bodies often bearing the scars of times past and humanity as a whole has come to see the New Year as the time for fresh starts and letting go…
On the heels of Christmas (I grew up celebrating this time of year in this way), I think we have an Aumazing Opportunity! I mean, let’s think about it… The Spirit of the Holidays is the same, regardless of the Holiday one celebrates… Presence.
“Be like Him that we celebrate today… regardless of race, religion or creed; kindness and compassion. Love everlast.”
Spirit… The Life Force, Consciousness. God. Whatever you choose to call it, even whether or not you choose to acknowledge it, it exists and is the very fabric of reality that weaves us all together in inexplicable ways.
But, what does it want?
I have come to see, through a lifetime of empirical studies, my path, that it, ultimately wants nothing more than to expand into new territories of experience, and we, the human being, appearing to be its most advanced avatar, must realize that in its omnipresence it could not possibly want to destroy us, rather it is the giver of LIFE and without it I could no longer write, sit, think, or type, nor could it experience itself expanding through me anymore… Why would it want to harm me, let alone any of its Creations?
Yet, we look around us today and there is such uncertainty and fear… tumultuous times, I have said often, even now, this Holiday Season, humanity seems to be walking the razor’s edge, precipice on either side, wondering when it all may come crumbling down.
I awoke today, the day after Christmas, with a slight panic… like, something is wrong, and yet, I know this is not true. It means something is out of balance within me, the scales tipped to the darker side of consciousness where fear and uncertainty live and after looking deep inside, again I find my solace; my peace. Presence. Om Shanti.
I have come to realize that I HAVE A HUGE PART TO PLAY IN ALL THIS. (and so do you… it turns out.)
You see, my teachers have all told me, as have pretty much ALL the saints, sages and masters that have come before, that I (and you… ) are Happiness itself… Joy itself… Love itself… BLISS… ANANDA… Ecstasy.
I have experienced this to be true, maybe you have too! Fleeting at times, yet when I release all the stress and trappings of our modern ways, quiet my mind, purify my body and tune into my Souls’ voice… Peace is there. Joy is there. Happiness is there. Presence.
Mark Whitwell tells us that if we come away from our practice in any other state than described above, then we aren’t doing yoga…. I laugh out loud at this now, as it sinks in…
And like a ton of bricks it hits me (again)… head in palm…
I don’t go to my practices to seek aggravation, frustration, anger, or fear… those only exist in my fragmented and unbalanced mind, body and spirt…. NOPE!!!! what happens when I find my way… my balance… is undeniably PEACE…. Happiness, Joy Itself.
THEREFORE… that is the underlying reality for ALL OF US…
So, we have our work cut out for us… and to be true it is our work… your work. Mine.
Focussed practice ahead! Presence.
It is time…. that we come hOMe.
(I am planning to do a spiritual detox and total body cleanse beginning in the next few days…it has helped me in the past to gain, presence and clarity… let me know in the comments if you would like to join in! and Click here to see part 1 in this multi-part blog series!)