"You can sing sweet and get the song sung but to get to the third dimension you have to sing it rough, hurt the tune a little. Put enough strength to it that the notes slip. Then something else happens. The song gets large." -- Tess Gallagher
Spring’s sonnet has been delightful here in the Arizona desert. A peppering of chartreuse across the landscape signals new beginnings while wildflowers impulsively bloom where they please. My bougainvillea is returning despite a late winter frost. This happens from time to time over the years and I am always surprised at the tenacity of this vining beauty. Nature reminds me that sometimes a rough patch is just the alchemy that’s needed for a bigger, bolder expression to be revealed.
I have been pondering this idea of late with what has been happening in our external world and is a mirror reflection of what is going on within us. How can we thrive in the midst of uncertainty and the ever- changing seasons of spirit? I am grateful for the practice of yoga in my life. It is a guiding force that allows me to navigate through all of life’s ups and downs with greater ease and stability.
One of the ancient definitions of a yogi is “one whose spine is filled with energy.” This means that there is more energy inside the body than outside of it. Much confusion and suffering in the world, or what I like to call a lack of emotional sobriety, is due to this dispersion of life’s energy. You can either be a leaky vessel or a power-full conductor of light. The right practice at the right time can broaden your bandwidth to allow you to hold more prana, (energy) and increase your capacity to create a life of meaning and purpose.
When we live our lives quickly and at a high frequency, we become scattered and unavailable to ourselves let alone others. When we create a well of depth by slowing down, we return to Original Nature and remember the amplitude of our individual heart song, which serve the greater good of all.
The full spectrum of yoga is a doorway into remembering our Source, and Divine Nature Awakening. Within the subtle body there are 72,000 energetic pathways called nadis. When we breathe consciously and move our bodies in a particular way we can loosen the tight spots, which have been crystallized by our conditioning, fears and beliefs and welcome in the flow of the Universal Energy Field. The volume conduction increases right away and we return to that which is unchanging, our inherent essence.
Just like music is amplified with microphones, our yoga practice can be amplified with our breath, intention, and the right sequencing. Seeking wisdom within through meditation we know our own wholeness, our ability to expand beyond bounds and together widen the effect we have on the world.
One of my mentors likes to say, “we were born for times like these.” To heal ourselves is to heal the world. This begins with compassion. When we feel that rub, which is really a call to heed the larger song that exists within, we can turn the compass of compassion inward to our hearts and listen to the passion longing to be set free. Just like you can’t stop the impulse of the wildflowers to bloom you can’t stop the cosmic internal pulse that dwells within this being human.
I have many offering this Merry Month of May beginning with Amplify Your Practice this Friday evening at Metta Community Yoga Center. And/or perhaps you would like to schedule a mentoring session with me to prescribe a practice that will lead you to your soul’s calling. I will leave you with this quote from my dear Teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker from his book The Four Desires.
“Yoga’s ultimate aim is to help you hear your soul’s call so that you can be consistently guided to make the best decisions, the one’s that serve your highest state of well being.”
Let’s meet on the mat and let our songs of substance ripple back out into the world.