Last time I wrote about breaking in wholeness, about how our hearts break but who we are is not broken (read it here). Now let me tell you about another kind of breaking in wholeness. This wholeness that we are, it's our birthright. It's not something we achieve. It's not a goal we attain. There isn't anything we need to do to get it. It simply is.
I imagine wholeness like a gift in a neat and shiny wrapper that we receive upon being born. This gift holds within it the promise of true harmony and access to our own unconditional love. This gift is so new. So special. So precious. So precious, in fact, that it gets put up on a shelf and admired every now and again from afar. "Oh, remember that wholeness?" we may ponder as we walk by. "Isn't it beautiful?"Two seconds later, we've forgotten all about this beautiful gift that we are, and we're swept up again by the never-ending, always-changing waves of life.
But wholeness isn't some pretty little gift to be kept in its shiny wrapper up on a shelf. This wholeness that we are needs to be broken in. Used. Utilized. Exercised!
We want to know our own wholeness intimately. We want to know its contours, its shape, how it feels from the inside. We want to detect its delicate fragrance among all other scents. To know its particular exquisite taste. We want to return to the felt-sense of wholeness again and again with such frequency that it begins to feel like it's always here (because it is).
We don't want to forget about wholeness for long and then remember it for a fleeting moment. We don't want to live a lifetime and only remember it towards the end. We don't want a rare blissful meditation to be our one time encounter with it. And we definitely don't want hardship and challenges to push us so low, so far, that we reach for wholeness as a last resort. Nope, that simply won't do.
Like a favorite chair or old jeans, we want wholeness to be broken in just right, just so, that it feels like a return home. Yes, like a pair of the coziest worn-in slippers waiting by the door. So familiar, so welcoming, so safe that everything in life--the good, the bad, the ugly--feels manageable. More than manageable, actually. We want wholeness so broken in that it feels like we're always home. Always loved. Always belong. Always ok. Always.
While I'm off on a summer break (Aug 4 to Aug 26), I invite you to inquire into your wholeness. Take this precious gift off the shelf and feel it. Not sure how? I (re)offer you this FREE MEDITATION on the abundant wholeness that you are @ shiraozsinai.com/blog/just-being-abundance-free-meditation.
And if you want more support, I encourage you to go ahead and book a private acupressure session for when I return (the first few weeks are quickly filling up) @ schedulicity.com/scheduling/SORJJM/services.
May we all know the wholeness that we are, intimately.
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
The summer solstice is upon us!
Traditional celebrations focus on cultivating a sense of connection and community with the shared warmth of gatherings, bonfires, merry-making, feasts, and picnics.
These events honor the life-giving force of the sun and the bounty it produces. They're a great reminder for how the warmth of connection heals our wounds of separation--both from ourselves and others. This is a gateway to feeling our always-present bountiful joy.
Our hearts know this time well. Moved by the rhythms of the nature that we are, our hearts are naturally drawn to (re)connecting with others and ourselves, to unstructured play time, and that embodied fiery experience of being alive, open, and an integral part of the interconnected web of life.
I find summertime in general, and the week of the solstice in particular, to be especially potent for healing wounds of heartbreak, for easing the rapid heat of anxiety, and for soothing the parts of ourselves that have felt alone for far too long. The way is paved by the gentle warmth of compassion and the safe fire of our presence. This is what guides us back to feeling love(d).
If you're called to it, I suggest taking a moment to connect with your heart of hearts. Imagine yourself holding it delicately in the palms of your hands and nourishing it with the warmth of your attention, compassion, and love.
May the peak of sunlight teach us about the peak of love that we are,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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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.