It’s a beautiful September morn, cool and sunny. I awake extra early filled with an unexplained anxiousness. This week has been filled with meaning, purpose, friendship, family, work and practice.
Last evening was different; in our heart2heart sharing with a new group,
I sat next to a very depressed young man. After a little encouragement, he openly shared his underlying hope that was just a glimmer beneath the heavy darkness he lived in. He held the oppressiveness of the world inside his heart and it showed like a gloomy mask over his young face. I listened with empathy as he and the others talked about life’s challenges. I was in the position of table leader and therefore, did not share.
The purpose of the gathering was to practice the language of the heart, starting with non-violence toward your own self. We connected with breath and got centered; acknowledging both the inner wisdom and the attempts of the mind to instill fear, smallness, non-enoughness etc. It was an open, honest dialogue and I left feeling blessed.
But energy, both light and dark, is real and in search of a home. I had absorbed some of this young man’s depressed state and now if felt like my own. So I took to my mat and allowed the feelings to arise:
I feel like a failure
A bad friend
A judge in search of my own agenda
Disappointment in not being heard
Underneath all this mess, I knew there was a center I needed to return home to.
One that would provide peace and space.
Out in the park I used the only item I had to blow my nose and dry my tears- a light-weight sweatshirt. The outpouring went on for quite awhile as the awareness continued as to how life works and how healing takes place starting in the physical body.
I had practiced with an excellent teacher on Wednesday who opened our hips and psoas consistently for the hour of yoga. We focused on our center and the concept of sattva as compared to the other two extreme Gunas: rajas and tamas. When rajas is dominating there is selfishness and greed and with an excess of tamas one is reckless, inactive or delusional. All we humans are working these out and returning to our true nature.
But the road to get there looks like a stop on the mat and resembles a crumbled mess of a woman surrendering all her ugliness and faults to the earth.
I am grateful that my heart continued to speak clearly –“you are a human and all of these faults and fears are normal. They are not to be judged, they are to be surrendered. THIS is how you find liberation, ease and comfort in feeling more like yourself, your truest self.
I humbly moved with breath, opening heart, hips, hamstrings and shoulders; continuing to trust that the physical body’s release would serve the Highest good in healing me and allowing me to show up more whole and connected to my TRUTH as a teacher of these tools.
Why am I grateful to have ‘caught’ this dark energy?
I have found more compassion for those who suffer regularly from this condition, especially the women I teach at the FDC who are away from their families for extended periods of time. They suffer depression in large numbers in a very negative environment where it is nearly impossible to see or ‘catch’ the light. I am grateful for any opportunity to be in humble warrior, face planted in supplication, tears releasing fear and lies and rigidity.
May we all confidently step out of the shadows and into the L I G H T, finding liberation and
P E A C E.
When we are connected to Self we can say that we are one with our experience. Whether that experience is pleasurable or painful makes no matter. We can breathe and allow the inner fiery light merge with the grief or shame or sadness and stay with it until it dissipates or transforms. This past weekend, the term “holding space” reminds me of what I’ve experienced during my healing meditations. I was learning how to hold space for my experience.
I find that what I am left with feels like freedom. I think that the mystics teachings on emptiness means that there is nowhere for the emotion to land. The energy passes through and we are left impregnated with full potential in the moment. In other words– ALIVE.
Yoga physical asana creates space in the body and mind which allows prana to keep flowing and thus the lower vibrational energy has nowhere to land.