“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out from unseen roots of all created being.” Thomas Merton
Sometimes I ask myself the question, “What am I doing with this one wild and precious life?” My mind rushes into the past and conjures up what I have done…pretty extraordinary, and ordinary, all at the same time…or it rushes into the future – into those precious few days that I have left of this lifetime. And then, like the wild child that it is, mind comes to a complete halt stubbornly refusing to budge….and then realizes that this is the place that it was seeking all along and plops down to rest in the stillness of the moment.
The silence where all is born, the creative well of possibility which delivers the clarity that reveals the next action to be taken. And at the same time complete and absolute peace, well being, and yes – joy. There is a saying “if not now, when?” Over and over we rush headlong into our days forgetting that all around us there is a continuous fountain flowing from unseen roots feeding us from source
There are many roots we can choose from in order to drink from this fountain. The breath is one of these. Opportunities to connect in intimacy abound. G. I. Gurdjieff in “Views From the Real World” says:
“Our mind is like a cabby who sits in a pub and drives passengers to different places in his dreams. Trying to work with the mind alone will lead nowhere. The power of changing oneself lies not in the mind but in the body and feelings.”
What if, as in my yoga class today, you chose to root yourself in the breath, the souls of the feet, the openness of your heart, or any single point of focus and allow the sediment of your day to drift down to the bottom of your being and clear the way for the experience of now. No pretense. No defenses. Simply sharing internal worlds from an open heart and willingness to connect intimately with yourself, others, nature….. the world.
How would your life be then?
Gratitude to Keith Kachtick of Dharma Yoga, Austin, TX for once again an extraordinary class!
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