Thursday, July 21, 2011
"When you sit quietly and let go of every false self-definition, of everything you think you know about who you are, and then be what's left, what remains is the untarnished presence of who you've always been and still are. This untarnished presence manifests--shines--as pure, clear awareness and unconditional love. When you experience your essence, you will feel this natural loving-ness within yourself without having to do anything!" Erich Schiffmann
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Yesterday I picked up a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. The book is entitled Yoga, The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann. I don't even know where the book came from, I just followed a nudge that said, go pick that book up. And now that I've picked it up, I can't put it down. Every time I read a section, I have to stop for a minute and marvel about how, what he's saying, is so totally, completely in alignment with everything I know to be true, everything I've experienced to be true. And he says it so clearly and eloquently. I'm only a few pages in and I'm having to hold back from underlining every single passage I read. And my body is craving yoga in a deeper way than it ever has before.
Anyway, everywhere I turn, I'm hearing the same thing: get still, go within, listen.
On day eight of 41 Days of Learning to Love This Body of Mine, in a nutshell, this is what I'm getting: The answers are always within. When I, on a moment-to-moment basis, pause and consciously tune IN to what my body wants/needs, when I ask it what I can GIVE it, there is always an answer. And I can absolutely trust that answer.
Our minds want more than anything to complicate all of this, seeking and trying to come up with the perfect formula, the "perfect" thing out there that has nothing to do with what we uniquely need. I am finding that I possess every bit of wisdom I've been forever seeking.
In our third Soul Talk, Alia and I discuss the shifts that have occurred around the body in the last seven days and how it really all comes back to the same thing.
Soul Talk # 3
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P.S: I'm over at Kind Over Matter today. Please stop by and say hello!