When you bring attention to anything, your awareness and sensitivity heightens.
I am more alert to when I am holding my breath or when I have diverted my attention away from my practice. I notice when I am just hanging out in the pose or actively engaged.
I am not just showing up to class any more because I NEED some exercise. I WANT to be there because I am more alert and more actively involved. I enjoy being present to the process.
I cannot help but smile. A change is taking place and I am not sleeping through it.
While I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia, I left for a workshop in Sumatra, and a bomb exploded in Jakarata.
When I came back to Jakarta from Sumatra, a volcano erupted in Sumatra.
I felt guilty in both experiences, wondering why I was spared, and other living beings were injured or killed.
While in Florida, I lived through a hurricane, and again I questioned why I was spared from harm or death.
I have asked myself, WHY? Why am I here???
I realized, a part of my “I” is being chipped away each and every time. These situations are helping me to pull the focus away from me, and my attachments, and more on the needs of others.
If we are never given the opportunity to ask questions, it will be impossible to expand our awareness.
Life can change so suddenly.
Yes, change is inevitable and yet, at times, I wonder why I find myself not dancing to its melody.
Change is not always the smell of rain and roses. Well at least not in the beginning. But on the other side of the perceived storm of “change” lies a rainbow. My granddaughter Faith taught me that.
Since her passing, life has turned a new page in the book called “My Awareness.”
Faith wrapped her arms around all of life with a huge heart and a smile. I am breaking the rules. I am copy writing her epigraph, and I give you permission to plagiarize.
Say yes to life and all its gifts.