Messages about how we ought to do more, be more, exercise more, and meditate more are abundant in our culture. Compounded by life's challenging experiences, these rather helpful reminders get misinterpreted, often resulting in beliefs that we are somehow flawed, damaged, or broken.
And, as we have all noted lately, sometimes life's challenging experiences themselves leave us feeling "less-than", heartbroken, and confused.
We tend to forget that who we truly are is always, already whole.
The key to remembering lies in allowing that very sense of brokenness, damage, or flaw to point us back to our ever-present wholeness.
By embracing, tending to, and caring for the parts of ourselves that are hurt and fragmented, we feel again the warmth and love of our very own presence. And yes, it is perfect and whole. Always.
If you wish to continue this inquiry into wholeness, please:
In Chinese medicine, the season of summer has a lot to do with the heart. This isn't simply the physical heart but also the energetic, emotional, and spiritual heart. You might imagine how my attention was caught when I learned in training with Soul Lightening Acupressure® that the energy of the heart is not actually in charge of any doing. Instead, it's "tasked" with being. What a novelty!
The heart is often likened to an empress who is sitting comfortably and at-ease on a throne in the heart of hearts of the palace, in the innermost chamber of a great big palace. From this safe and well-protected place within, the heart empress is allowed, expected, and supported to just be.
In her "just being", the heart empress can observe everything that is happening all around. From this place deep within, she can dispense her wisdom with ease while observing the goings-on of all of life. Truly consider this for a moment, that our hearts can be safe and at ease, and from this place of safety and ease we can witness and experience all of life. This feels right to me, how about you?
Interestingly, the ancient Chinese scholars traced the season of summer transitioning into a season called "late summer", characterized by the harvest, and the quality of abundance. I find it so fascinating and worthy of meditation that what follows the summer element with its characteristic "just being" heart is abundance.
Isn't this so contrary to western mentality of "do, do, do = abundance"? Weren't you taught that doing more equals having more? Well, it appears that Chinese medicine offers us another view. It suggests that allowing your heart, your true self, to simply be brings about abundance. "Just being", in and of itself, elicits a full and nourishing abundance. Again, how does this work? By simply being you.
Here are some ways to keep this inquiry going:
-- Draw, journal about, or simply contemplate: what is your favorite "just being" not-really-doing summer activity?
-- I invite you to enjoy this iRest® Yoga Nidra FREE MEDITATION that explores abundance as an aspect of being. It is 44 minutes long. (The practice begins right away, so set up first in a comfortable seat or lying down, and click play to enjoy!).
May you always know the endless abundance of your being,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
Please share your experience, insight, questions, and thoughts below, especially...
what does "just being" feel like to you?
Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.