You may or may not believe that every cell in your body is alive with prana, with subtle energy, as well as the oxygen required for cellular respiration.
In her book ‘My stroke of insight’ Jill Bolte Taylor calls her cells her ‘girls’. She talks to them and encourages them. She has a unique insight due to her stroke and subsequent recovery.
In fact what you believe doesn’t really matter, it is the experience that matters.
You really can experience the inner bliss and freedom that yoga talks about and offers.
Maybe you have been fortunate enough to experience this in your meditation practice or at some other time, or maybe not. I can’t put myself into your body, but I’m pretty sure that this experience of bliss is available to all serious meditators at some point.
We soon realize that we can’t make these blissful experiences happen, but we can set up the circumstances and be willing to drop back and surrender to the experience.
I think dropping back or letting go is probably the hardest part of the meditation journey for many of us.
We just get a tiny taste of something that feels still and expansive and the mind jumps right back in. Have you experienced that?
Perhaps it takes a degree of courage to let go? A strong mind to let go of the mind?
The mind does not like to be let go of! It can’t know the experience that we have when it is dropped. But really, when you finally do manage to let go and drop away from the mind, that is when the magic happens. That is when we really do experience the feeling of bliss.
A feeling of love, a feeling of being peaceful and expansive …I do encourage you to find this out for yourself.
A place from where you can witness without having to be drawn in. You can see the mind but not have to take it so seriously. See it for what it can do, but see also that there is a watching aspect that is the observer of the thoughts.
Drop back, let go, find this inner place of observing and it really will change your experience of life.
Please share your experiences!
Much more meaning than is teased out here can be taken from these cards, this is just a start. I’d love your feedback and look out for my blog about the next card soon.
You can purchase your own set of these ‘Yoga off the mat, contemplations to enrich your practice’ cards from the store HERE and postage is free in Australia. They make a perfect gift too.
The gorgeous original picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art.