Musings on Shavasana
An alive death of sorts of emotion / thought / effort. So too the surrender to thoughts, feelings / emotions. So too the practice of rest which involves a kind of discipline or encouragement and the question to ask may be who am I where am I and who answers this and any other question? What part of us do we yield governance to? Or does autonomy come from wholeness? Everything is as it is, and a kind of dissolving of this and that, you and I, ‘i-dentity’. At the head, heat, gut and cells of this practice is wellbeing / health / wholeness not determined entirely by the singular us or individual, indivisible from everything and everyone everywhere.
Find a way to the earth. Rest there. Surrender any effort or thought or knowing or unknowing. Everything right now could be considered on a spectrum of deep meaning and knowing to no meaning and not knowing.
Be as you are – the brilliance of just that, you and the wonder of your trillions of cells, the extraordinary-ness of you as you are; skin, heart, bones, blood, breath….No choice and your choice and every possibility.
Held, Matt Licata
“In those moments when we are held, our nervous systems down regulate, our minds soften, our hearts open, and we come into an ancient sort of rest. That rest that we’ve been longing for in a lifetime that always seemed just out of reach. The rest from the becoming.
While our true nature as open, luminous awareness is the ultimate holding environment, as tender human beings we are wired to rest within a relational matrix.
To enter into this field with another – weaved of the alchemical substances of presence and of space – is one of the great mysteries of the embodied world.
Held by another, held within by our own hearts, or held by a star – somehow we are already held. It’s not something we must earn or deserve or search for.
Held by the morning light as it comes into a room, by the song of the birds, by the imaginal world. Infinitely, already held.”
Podcasts I love
- Dacher Keltner, The Thrilling New Science of Awe
- angel Kyodo williams, The World is Our Field of Practice
- David Whyte with Krista Tippett
- John O’Donohue – The Inner Landscape of Beauty
Rest video with Karla
Karla on Spotify