Today Mom moved into an assisted living facility. For several reasons, she couldn’t manage to live on her own anymore. Watching the family locus reshuffle has been a sad event.
Even though my brain knows it was necessary and inevitable, my heart grieves for what has past and will no longer be.
I’ve been spending time practicing, opening to the full panoply of emotions in an effort to create space for the light to shine through.
Yoga Sutra 1.36 says it so well:
1:36 Patanjali: visoka va jyotismati
Bouanchaud: Mental stability also stems from serenity linked to luminous lucidity.
Iyengar:Or, inner stability is gained by contemplating a luminous, sorrowless, effulgent light.
Feuerstein: Or restriction is achieved by mental activities that are sorrowless and illuminating.
Desikachar: One of the great mysteries of life is life itself. When we inquire into what life is and what keeps us alive, we may find some solace for our mental distractions. Consideration of things greater than our individual selves helps us put ourselves in perspective.
LaughingYogini: Do I allow the light of the universe to penetrate my life? What do I do that blinds me from this light? Can I participate in a full and engaged life with the same serenity this Blue Heron seems to embody?
Do I truly believe that there is a light in this universe? What do I learn from contemplating this light? Can this light help me grow in a positive manner?
Do I see the light in others? In myself? How can I cultivate this vision?
I’d love to hear your perspective.