I suggest that we can expand into love, into the challenge, into the opportunity, into the grace and limitlessness. or, we can contract into fear, into isolation, into hatred, into the separation and the other, into the limit.
it is the trajectory of our lives and our birthright to grow, to expand, to define and refine; often the choices we make create ripples we may never even be aware of. at the best of times, we are at our best, our highest self; at the worst, often we struggle to rise above our simple base nature. this is the challenge, this is the moment to own.
our practices, our observances, our processes - and our friends... if we allow ourselves to receive it, there is wisdom, surrender and supplication. these show us that the soft always overcomes the hard – the roundest drop of softest water will wear away the toughest block of granite, given its three warriors: time, patience and perseverance.
when we harden, when we stiffen and draw back, we feel the contraction and become defensive, closed, guarded… then, can we recognize this and move ourselves outward into connectivity, empathy, compassion, consideration or simply acceptance of what is?
I suggest it is not a 30-day handstand challenge, not a 'stopdropandyoga', not an instagram and how many hits or followers or likes...
maybe not astavakrasana, not a 90-day meditation, but rather, to love – fully, in the face of hate, in the times where it seems impossible, ‘til it hurts, when it’s all you got and even when it feels gone – love is limitless, you can always create more from the prana in the next breath.
so, friends I beseech ye – here is your continued mission. be nice, nicer than is reasonable, with love and care and compassion. not for your loved one, not your friends, but the person you work with you like least (why?) and the person who you meet next that pushes those buttons – love them for being your Teacher.
expand into love and then, give thanks and praise