February is our season of love. Loving others, loving ourselves and loving what is. Whatever feelings, thoughts or behaviours we connect with this time of year, may they be greeted with grace, compassion and empathy.
Recently, in my life both my physical practice and my meditation practice have been thwarted into a very long pause. Years ago missing more than a day of practice used to send me into disarray. Present day has beautifully stunned me into present moment. I have been called to slow down,check in with myself, and appreciate how my limited ability 'to do' is allowing the mundane to be a beautiful teaching experience. I treasure the precious moments I have with my partner and children-they are finite, as is all of life. I am marvelling at what my body can do rather than being caught up with what it cannot. The involuntary requirements to slow down eating, walking, and work has created a wonderment as to why these were ever rushed in the past.
With the removal of my usual yoga practice bringing me closer to my sense of self, it has arisen in me the contemplation... 'What is practice?'
What I have learned is to Listen.
Listen for the stir that calls you to move and get connected to your body
Listen to tether that wants to keep you resting in bed on a Sunday
Listen to your partner-and maybe then you will be heard
Listen to when the entire universe is calling you to open your eyes and soak life up
Listen to your children-they are life longing for itself
This month whatever the context, or the situation, bring your love without discrimination. Notice how your listening yields a certain quality of elation, deep within. Let that quality inform your offerings. Commit to an internal experience of love.