This quote is a good reminder for me that right now is where our work is.
Not in some future time when everything about life is more tidy and organized. Not when we have more money, more time, better relationships etc. No, that is an excuse to put it off. Why wait?
Why not experience inner freedom now?
If not now, then when?
Patanjali used the word ‘atha’ in the first of the Yoga Sutras, which is ‘Atha yoganusasanam’. I am not a Sanskrit scholar, but my understanding is that this translates as ‘now to Yoga’. Now is the time.
Not some other time, but right now.
Why waste another day not exploring the possibility of feeling connected and free?
If we are willing to let go, willing to drop back from the mind, we are there, home with our Self.
Still-mind Meditation and contemplation are the means that worked for me to experience this, along with my practice on the mat. I don’t think anything works sufficiently without some guidance and support. Some help to tease out the way we live in our heads…
The usual ways we think of our ‘self’ is a person with a body and a mind isn’t it? The mind comes up with a ‘me’ that describes our roles, our relationships, our desires, our problems, the whole lot.
We think that mind-created ‘me’ is who we are.
It takes a lot of effort to see that ‘me’ is something that the mind creates.
That the mind creation called ‘me’ is only some thoughts and has no substance really – isn’t that mind-blowing?
What this card suggests is that there is a Self to come home to, and that Self becomes apparent when we drop the ‘me’ self, when we drop back from the thoughts altogether. What may become apparent when we drop the body and mind (like we do when we practice corpse pose, and also when we meditate) is a stillness and quietness, a place from where the mind can be observed.
To me, this is much more where we want to keep our awareness. That quiet, watching, non-commenting Self. The expansive and unlimited space. The place where we experience what I like to call inner freedom.
Lets do all we can to get in touch with that now!
To realise your Self, to come home to your Self.
Much more meaning than is teased out here can be taken from these cards, this is just a starting point.
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The gorgeous original picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art.
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