Do you wake in the morning willing to receive, listen, and remain curious about this auspicious life? Can the call of birds stir you to sweetness, the wind on your skin delight you in the mysterious forces? Can an unwanted emotion be greeted with honor? The path of a yogi calls us again and again to be awake in this life to all that is.
One of Patanjali’s eight limbs, defining the path of practice, is offering us to live into this awakening through self study, or svadhyaya. Svadhyaya is a sacred study of the divine through scripture, nature, and/or introspection. In this practice we are called to know ourselves more clearly and begin to understand how we relate in this world—to all things—and how this world relates to us. Within this study and teaching is the understanding that all things in this life are here to guide us, and to help us more clearly see ourselves and this dance of life.
Study the way the fiddleheads slowly unfurl, sit next to the ocean and inhale the salty air into your lungs, meditate on the images that fill your subconscious, hold a friend in need of loving kindness, read a poem or sacred text that cracks you open. Come to your mat to marvel at the way your body moves, breaths, sweats, releases. These are all ways that life is offering to touch us and welcome experience.
May you drink in the richness that this one precious life is begging you to experience.
I offer you the words of Rumi to sit with, be with, and to grow with.
The light in me bows deeply to the radiant light in all of you.
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably,
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond