A Week of Divine Enlightenment
Well no, I can’t say that I have become an enlightened being this week, but I did set the intention for the week to open myself up to the possibility of experiencing the divine fully in each and every moment. And what a great week it has been.
It started as a simple question; “If I were truly an enlightened being, how would my actions in the moment change?” The first thing I noticed was a shift of awareness. My internal critical self took a step back. Enlightened beings are not so judgmental – wow what a relief that was. In my practice, I found it easier to open more fully to each asana, delighting in the postures for their own sake. My breath flowed more gently and my meditations were longer and deeper. In my daily life, I discovered that the traffic was less annoying and chores became vehicles for nurturing my family – not dreaded tasks. In short, I found myself more open to the positive in every situation and more supportive of everyone around me – even those teenagers with whom I share space.
As a yoga teacher, this has turned into a deep blessing. Opening each class with an invitation to honor the divine within, allowed all my students to reach deeper into their practices. As a result the room became a sanctuary, and each student a manifestation of the divine. Literally, all of us were glowing. The asanas shimmered and the meditations were nurturing and affirming.
When we invite the divine into our lives, we are making the choice to fully acknowledge the grace, beauty and sacredness of our world. If my experience this week is any indication, creating space for the divine is a pathway for creating greater possibilities for peace in our lives and the world.
Finally, a comment on the numerous articles in the press about the perceived conflict between yoga and religions. First, yoga is not a religion, it is a philosophy. It is best viewed as a road map for our intrapersonal and interpersonal interactions. Yoga – which literally mean yoking or union – strengthens the connections between the individual and their own religious commitments. In my practice this week, I found support and clarification of my Jewish faith, particularly as expressed through the Sh’ma: “Listen Israel, Adonai is holy, Adonai is one.” By embracing the divine, I embraced the concept of the holiness of all beings and the interconnectedness of everything. I mean, if I am divine, then you are too, and he is, and she is and he is, and so forth. What a beautiful sparkling world of divine beings we are.
Shalom & Namaste,