Archive | September, 2012

No Words

17 Sep

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Unslumping oneself is not so easily done-Dr. Suess.

Having spent decades in a funk. Not knowing exactly what to do with my life and talents I developed some pretty hardy patterns of unhappiness and “slumpiness.” As I am developing new skills and embracing myself and my life, I find those old habits hard to break. And in my in box, this morning, was this quote.

Courage, ah. Internal fight and drive. I have followed through on so many things and create some new pathways in my brain. The real work is the courage to stick with it everyday.

I read a lot, I have mentioned before. Right now I think I have 7 books open. This one book, “Psychomagic” by Alejandro Jodorowsky, seemed unlikely for yogic inspiration. I am not sure why I thought that, but I did, and my bad. There is one part where he is talking about advancing consciousness and starts in on the limits of language as a tool for expression. There is a Sutra that talks about this as well, 48. In sutra 48, Patanjali talks about absolute truth or rather absolute true consciousness. Of course it is a something that I struggle with because it goes completely against my minds idea of understanding. NOT USING WORDS.

This idea that god is beyond the understanding of the “mind. because the mind is matter.” I just blowing my mind. It is taking all the courage and faith that I have to accept that there is truth to something that is incomprehensible by my human brain. So last night, as I read “The Fifth Agreement,” I stumbled on something that helped me in my acceptance.

“All humans are programmed to perceive the truth, and we don’t need language to do this. But in order to express the truth, we need to use a language, and that expression is our art. It’s no longer the truth because words are symbols, and symbols can only “symbolize” the truth.”

Heavy. So what needs your courage right now?

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This month my teacher asked that we think about the yamas and niyamas to support our formation of classes. I found myself especially drawn to aparigraha, which in Sanskrit is non-hoarding or non-coveting. Apraigraha can be taken very literally as piles of things taking up your home or car, but it can also be more subtle. Like spiritual materialism, where you are attached to knowing everything about spirituality, or feeling that you have more worth if you have more “ins” in a spiritual community. Or, it can be intellectual hoarding.

When I was pregnant, I read about 42 books. Thinking that the more I read the more prepared I would be. I did learn some interesting things, but I also missed some key experiences because I was waiting for the ones that appeared in the books to happen. And, on holding my baby for the first time, I realized that nothing could prepare you for the blissful experience of being in the moment and seeing life unfold as it happens.

What are you hoarding? Do you keep that pain in your hips as part of who you are? Are you holding on to outmoded ideas of who you thought you would be? Do you keep yourself from handstands because your butt is too big? Is your house physically or metaphorically filled with boxes of boxtops and bottle caps?

What can you clean out and let go that doesn’t serve you anymore?

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