Nature is dancing with you. Your song is on the wind. All of life fluxes and flows, you are this dance. As all things come and go, let life have its way with you. Know that everything will always begin anew. Consciousness, as represented by Shiva, dancing the Tandava in this murti above, is only ever doing 5 things; creating, sustaining, dissolving, concealing and revealing.
So, this thought that you are having, this relationship with yourself, your beloved, your work, the world, the greater processes of the world around us, nature and human interactions with each other and the natural world. All of it… Dancing this dance.
Together and individual we spiral, revolving through the patterns of creation, dissolution, maintaining, concealing and revealing.
So, if you are feeling stuck, within that is the power that you will soon use to blossom. If you are in creation mode, it may just be that something had to fall apart or dissolve to get you there, or that something will have to, in order to make room for the new.
Then there is the sustaining, maintaining, the “fear not” hand of each thing having its time, it’s cycle, it’s turn to dance. Again, the turn to renewal will happen as this is the way of all things arising out of consciousness and into the manifest world, they all return back.
Oh the pain, pleasure, and beauty of the conceal/ reveal cycle! It’s the root of it all really. The teachings of Yoga remind us again and again of the truth of our Unity. It can be hard to grasp sometimes, as it is supposed to be! It’s intended to be part of the play. Let it be fascinating! Each feeling, each experience, each role of identification is why “you” are here. For good or bad, however we may want to label or judge it, so it is. This is the human experience and only our resisting the flow of the dance, of whatever arises, will cause suffering.
If we can remember that we are all pure love, equanimous awareness – then we can rest in that deep, steady, joyful (tho not necessarily “happy!”) place no matter what life flows our way.
No, this is not easy, but it is why we practice.
Here are few suggestions how to make this easier or have it show up more often:
- Notice the awakened moments, the moments of unity with all layers of yourself, all beings. This might come while dancing, looking into a child’s or animals eyes, watching a sunset, seeing a rainbow, making love, through your physical or breath practice, even at a spontaneous cry (before the thoughts of why).
So often these things happen and we go readily on to the thoughts around that or the next thing ‘to-do’. When we pause here though, relish the sensations, the deep feelings, acknowledge the preciousness (with little or no words), really let it sink in. Then we can stretch it out and we set a pattern for ourselves to be present for this more often.
- Pause often. Notice the fullness at the top of the breath, the emptiness at the bottom, and the space in-between the breath. Notice the sensations in your body, and your feelings. Watch your thoughts without judgement, or a story. Notice who is watching all of these things. It’s the real you, that center from which flows your experience. You are not these experiences.
- Reflect on the patterns of conceal/reveal throughout your life, and within all of nature. Remember all of the struggles & fights that brought new levels of wisdom, understanding, strength and resilience. Remember all of the (perceived) losses that were actually openings into precious gifts and new opportunities! Remember how the releasing of one breath is the only thing that will beget the next. Trust in life. Be one with the dance.
In class I will bring in Nataraja (this dancing form of Shiva) and we will somatically connect to the teachings within the murti. If your schedule or geographic location doesn’t allow for this…then dance anyways and know that we are dancing with you!
originally published at https://madmimi.com/p/658e26?fe=1&pact=30077279008.
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