Meditation Monday ~ 9/11

September 14, 2015

 

 

My cursor blinks before me.... reflecting on 9/11 there is so much on my mind. At times like this, the only solace I have is to drop into my heart. It's scary to go there. As much beauty and bliss that lives there, there are also broken dreams, bruised hopes, and daggers of disappointment. These aren't all my own. As my eyes see the pain that grows into anger and even into hate, it's hard not to absorb these feelings and make them my own. 

 

For me Yoga was a true salvation. The invitation to see the world through the eyes of love is a daunting task. It was always easier to be pissed off than to really feel the depths of emotion that come with being embodied. Yoga was the first practice that asked me to rise above. To envision what I wanted to see and feel in the world --- and then --- go look for that. Looking through the eyes of love you will allow you to find it much more easily. It doesn't mean that you see and feel the crap that happens every day too. It just means that you decide which current you will ride. You decide what thoughts and feelings you will allow to take root in your heart and mind. You will decide what energy you will absorb most fully and more importantly ---- what energy you will allow to flow back out into the world around you. No --- it's not easy but as most challenging things are, it's worth the effort to feel more fulfilled, empowered, and connected in at least some small way to what feels right to your soul. 

 

Today's practice is to look out into the world from a place of love. As if you were playing the classic game of "hide and go seek," look for love, kindness, and goodness. You will find it in the simplest of gestures which so often go unnoticed when we aren't paying attention to love. 

 

I have no idea if this is a classic mudra or not. I came to practice it when I was coming up with a logo for an old handcrafted gifts business I used to run.You'll likely first it looks like a heart - right? Looking closer perhaps you will see the resemblance of the shapes of the uterus and ovaries. For me it is a symbolic reminder that if I want love to exist in the world, we have to send that energy out.

 

Each of us gives birth in a particular way a million times a day. Each action - each word - each thought that is reflected on our face, gives energy to our world. We make up the collective whole. If we want things to be better - we must contribute. Today and everyday, I make a pledge to do my best to see the good in the world. To drink it in to refresh my heart. And then do my best, knowing that I will often fall short, to be the love I want to feel in the world. 

 

Love This Life® ~ Poem by David Culiner - after 9/11/01

 

LovethisLife... 

is about celebrating the moment and that 

we're not guaranteed or owed another day 

and how cool it is that what we hide 

can actually be the fuel towards our glory 

and that it's not so bad being proven wrong 

 

LovethisLife... 

is about welcoming the blind turn 

and the possibility that 

there's no such thing as coincidence 

and that empathy is incredibly sexy 

and that it's never too late to 

pick up a guitar or a paintbrush 

or to make an amend or to make a new friend 

 

LovethisLife... 

could be about rekindling a past flame 

or igniting a new one 

or shapeshifting from a dreamer into a doer 

or savouring the caress of a love long gone 

 

LovethisLife... 

means whatever it is you want it to mean because 

LovethisLife... 

is a celebration of you and your path 

LovethisLife... 

'cuz it could go at any second 

you rock.

 

 

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