…i often look away from the source of the light to see the effect it has on what it shines upon…
For many years I taught yoga somewhere that was a 45 minute drive from my house and at certain times of the year I would leave in the dark and witness the sunrise. Often during class I would say, because for me it was true and because I had seen it happen so many times, that the awakenings come slow and steady like the sunrise, and then there are those moments like flashes of light when everything suddenly becomes brighter. When those shifts come, let it happen. Let yourself be transformed.
At some point I noticed that these sudden flashes happened especially at certain places along my drive, like when I drove north past exit 20 on I-93 in New Hampshire. Some of it was that the sun had risen higher and some of it was just that I had moved myself into a position where I could more clearly see the light.
Which really, is all the sunrise is, and the equinox, and the passing out of an eclipse. The sun is always shining. We just move into a position where we are in more in the light than in our own or something else’s shadow.
When you desire something and become attached to the attainment of what you think you want it can be depleting. And torturous. Yet when you desire and don’t need to attain it can be rejuvenating. And inspiring. Which doesn’t mean you won’t receive what you desire or put any effort towards it, it just means you don’t believe you have to attain or strive in order to be okay.
Do you feel the difference?
I am starting to more and more of the time.
When I become aware that I am chasing something, often because either I’m not getting what I think I want and/or I am exhausting myself by trying so hard, if I am able to let go and soften back into myself, making space for what I was chasing to come to me or not, I feel a sense of peace and release that can be more sustaining than when I get what I think I want by grasping for it.
Sometimes in this place of calm and openness I get what I thought I wanted anyway. And even if I don’t, I’m okay. Because I became willing to let it go.
One of my favorite physical aspects of practicing yoga is that there is nowhere on my back I cannot scratch (I am not suggesting this is true for everyone who practices yoga :-) ). One of my favorite mental aspects is the possibility that even when I feel an itch, I can feel it and not have to scratch.
I can, but I don’t have to.
This becomes more true all the time.
As we pass into the darker half of the year here in the northern hemisphere, the cadence slows for many of us who have been traveling with festival culture and gives us time to reflect upon the season and contemplate how we may go forward in the future.
Nearer to the beginning of the season, on the solstice, Electrogenic‘s David Guzman and I headed up to Stratton Mountain Resort for LostinSound to experience Wanderlust, one of the fastest growing “transformational” festivals on the circuit today, to see what we could learn not just about yoga but also about how the festival has managed to do so well, and share this perspective with you.
The first part of this review is really that ~ a contemplation of the hows and whys of Wanderlust’s rapid growth and current sustainability and how that might inform our own conscious evolution of “transformational” and festival culture as a whole, including excerpts from an exclusive interview with yoga teacher and Wanderlust co-founder Schuyler Grant about the running of the festival in general and specifically the role of sponsorship.
The second part is a review of the festival experience itself and many of the performers and presenters there, filled with in-depth on-site video interviews with Emancipator, HANNAH, Adeline Michèle of Escort, AcroYoga co-founder Jenny Sauer-Klein, Suzanne Sterling, Energy Medicine Yoga founder Lauren K Walker and excerpts from an interview with Elena Brower. There are also music clips and photos of Nahko and Medicine for the People, Marco Benevento, MC YOGI, Emily King, and others…
Also check out the rest of David’s photos in the LostinSound’s album…
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
When I say that I am not “strict” in a cleanse, what I mean is that I don’t tell myself I “can’t” have anything. Or that I “have” to do things a certain way. Instead I become really sensitive and notice the effects of my choices. And let myself resonate with what I gain by not eating the whole block of cheese just because I want it, rather than that I can’t. Because I can eat it, I’m just choosing not to, for now. And seeing what that is like. For now.
It is an interesting freedom to feel desire and not have to react. As the tantric adage says – nothing is forbidden, nothing is advised. However we act has consequences…it is up to us to discern through time and practice which way we choose to go in any circumstance. And that may vary according to the situation.