What an incredible opportunity we have with a discipline such as yoga where we can cultivate and experiment with intimacy simply by feeling the beating of our own heart within our body, by getting so quiet that we can sense the texture of the atmosphere on our skin. We can send our listening out to the edges and then locate our self in the room. This is intimacy. This is how we experience it. Presence is just around the corner. Wait, presence is here.
The practice of yoga, in all its forms, taps into the intimate relationship between the thought, the breath, and the action. When those three things are in sync, authenticity and honesty preside. Effort becomes ease as we get more comfortable with nurturing the birth of a thought, raising it into being, and watching it become action. When what we do is linked to what we feel, think, and say, then we meet ourselves.
Each of us is unique and different akin to the individual waves on the surface of the ocean, yet when we recognize our breath we are focusing on the ocean itself and our common essence. The primary force that incarnates us so that we may experience anything is the breath. The breath is distributed throughout the whole body in a physiological way, but we can also distribute the breath as awareness or attention.
In this story of a body, sometimes there are rooms that are closed and the light is off and the door is locked. Could we have a gentle curiosity about those spaces? A soft, kind, and compassionate curiosity? Could we be at ease with not knowing as well as being at ease with knowing while not clinging to that knowledge? All that we know, that makes us feel comfortable and safe, when challenged, might bring about a great amount of insecurity and then we may get defensive and perhaps lash out. What if we were to loosen the tight hold on our beliefs? We would not feel threatened and we could open up to that which we don’t know with an open heart.
What is the sensation of an open heart? We tend to think we need an excuse to have an open heart, some kind of reason, or another person as the focus of that open heart, but like smiling, the physical practice can awaken the state of being. We don’t need a justification or an excuse. Let our default be ease and intimacy with our life. There is no competition. There is nothing we need to do. It is a willingness to accept the potential of who we are.