It’s been an interesting reflection time as we “shelter in place” through this pandemic. I’ve noticed that I have been pulled back and forth between doing and being.
At times I feel super motivated to make positive, next-step movements in my life and in desired growth areas.
At other times silence, uncertainty and the power of the unknown seems to override and I feel a bit stuck and unsure of what to do with my time.
Grappling with my desire to be a productive member of humanity vs. my need to be in the quiet expanse of my backyard, hiking in Nature…
Some days it’s been quite a back-and-forth and today thankfully, I came to realize that finding refuge in yoga is about this space in between. In between the outer call to action and inner call for reflection, in this place there is a spacious, integrated experience. A way in which we can be both mindfully engaged and receptively intelligent to the natural unfolding of Life as it lives through us.
Finding refuge is not hiding out and being passively or unconsciously somewhere. Finding refuge asks us to seek sanctuary in our own authenticity moment to moment, breath by breath.
Separately focusing on the self-generating discipline of Tapas (discernment of purpose), or just cultivating Santosha (awakening of contentment), or swinging between the two is not the most skillful way to live these guiding principles. However, bringing awareness to the value of each and then exploring the authentic space in between, this is where we can live both dynamically and peacefully.
What can I discover from this spacious, suspended-like moment in time?
In the space between the doing and being I am more aware of what is naturally emerging, what is naturally shifting and growing through me. Consciously living in this space is not automatic, still, as I listen long enough and follow my inner guidance on this, I feel that my life will be truly aligned and harmoniously held in this space between.
I love the fact that the seismologists today are finding at this point in time, there are substaintial decreases within the earth’s movements from less human activity-less transportation vehicles and industry etc… This is a precious time for renewal and fresh seed planting! I truly hope through an integrated response to this world-wide pandemic, that as a global community we can make positive and responsible changes for a more sustainable life and future for those who come after us.
“The two greatest warriors are patience and time.” -Leo Tolstoy