This past week I was fortunate to assist an iRest® Yoga Nidra training. If those words don’t mean anything to you, it is simply a full path of meditation that is grounded in a non-dual, philosophical tradition.
Heart opening. Magical. Simple. Potent. Accessible.
These are just a few words that begin to describe the experience.
This morning I was reflecting back on some of the most significant teachings I have received from this practice in the past two years. Foremost, I have learned to trust that the wisdom I will truly ever need and seek is already here within me. Perhaps the idea is not new to you, but the embodied experience of this through iRest is unlike anything I have felt. This seemingly simple belief frees me of impulsively reaching, struggling and seeking outwardly. It relieves me of thinking that skill, heart and understanding lie in some other place, time or version of myself. And even when striving arises, I can viscerally feel the tug, the push and pull in my body and remember to slow down. I remember that wisdom is available now and lies in everything: confusion and clarity, anger and love, comfort and discomfort, even in the striving and staying. I just have to pause and look within. In fact, our deepest wisdom has space for the whole of the human experience. Imagine if for a day you could embody this. Life begins to feel a little or more different.
Slowly, I have also been uncovering an ease of Being that before I only felt when life was moving along as planned. Though I am not always at ease, I do feel and trust in a more expanded field of Ease that carries all. On any given day, with all of my conditioning, I am doing the best that I can. As well, you are doing the best that you can. In fact, we all are. We are not perfect, yet there is a Perfection living through us. This allows for a kinder and more skillful existence even when circumstances are difficult. Being has space to receive the challenges and joys even when I, myself, cannot. I can turn in any direction and have faith in this simple, yet profound and spacious essence.
I am eternally grateful for these teachings, the teachers and the community that have helped me to uncover this path and this understanding.
Sit down wherever you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
Feel the love, the longing, the fear in your bones.
Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be,
Not the saint you are striving to become,
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
All of you is holy.
You are already more and less
Than whatever you can know.
By: John Welwood