The Way Bhakti Works...You Love!
I must admit November is not a month of the year that I embrace too readily. The days are shorter, darker, colder and wetter. It's not quite winter wonderland yet and there is still the fresh longing of the warm vibrant fall days. It's a transition time and with all transitions there is beautiful opportunity for growth and compassion if we are willing to work with the discomfort, pressure and friction rather than resisting against them. This is why our mat practice is so valuable.
Through the practice on our mat we can lean into the depth of our experience and stay clear and present through the transition of poses. There is so much value and potential in that little pregnant pause. Do I think of something else when I am transitioning? Do I rush my transitions so that I can get to the next pose? These little but significant tendencies spill into our subconscious mind and play out in our everyday life. We may find ourselves moving from one thing to the next without allowing time and space for the pause in between to work its magic. So, if we can pause and listen to transitions on our mat we may then begin to pause and listen to transitions in our life.
This month of November has a theme of 'pressure' running through. Let us be reminded of the importance of the highest love for ourselves, and for what's highest within and around us. Here's a poem to support the unfolding of the month.
"The way Bhakti works
Until you and the Beloved become One."
You just trust, until you and the turmoil
can finally be done with one another,
until you call your anger + your fear
your sister + your brother. Finally.
And take good care of those two -- your anger + your fear.
Don't throw them out or shun them; they need your attention,
so you won't be overcome by their presence.
Love them intelligently and outrun them with your integrity.
You just listen, until the quiet of your heart is as loud as any habitual voice,
You just believe - please believe - until sacred possibility is your only choice,
the only portal through which you'll walk today.
You just witness, until you meet your soul directly, with kindness.
And you stay with yourself, closely, until you can find this potent, growing truth
as readily as you can locate the usual criticism or doubt.
Set your alarm if you must, sit quietly in the earliest morning, and let it be fun.
This is Bhakti. You just love until you and the Beloved become One.