It's no surprise that Chinese medicine associates the emotion of joy with the season of summer. Fun in the sun, pool or beach time, vacations, and school-year endings, all of these tend to pulsate with a sense of expansiveness, freedom, thrill, and happiness.
The teachings on which Yoga Nidra is based (namely, non-duality and advaita vedanta) remind us of the truth about joy, a truth that is often hidden. Though in our culture joy and happiness are painted as a goal to reach, they are in fact an aspect of being and are never far away.
Actually, since joy is who you are, it is right here in your presence all the time. In those moments or days or even months when it seems like you are not experiencing joy, it is simply because joy is hidden or veiled. But rest assured, it is still here. An unlimited ocean of joy is always here, just for you.
In the practice of Yoga Nidra, we inquire within ourselves to (re)locate this ocean. We guide ourselves not only to experience joy but also to rest back into it and let joy nourish us fully.
This month I invite you to inquire: what is the feeling of joy like for you? where in your body does the feeling of joy resonate? what in your life points you back to the joy that you are? and, how can joy nourish you fully?
Please join me in June's class offerings and the ongoing invitation to relax into being joy.
May you rest into the joy that you are,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
Please share your experience, insights, questions, and thoughts below, especially...
what is the feeling of joy like for 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.