Being Ready for Whatever Comes Your Way

Because Nature is the most loving and co-creative coach you can imagine, it may throw you a metaphorical ball, even if you don’t feel ready to catch it. It does so out of compassion, to help you be in the moment and get unstuck.
We have been exploring here three keys to access Nature’s mentorship: openness, readiness, and willingness. Last week, we looked more closely at openness. This week, let’s gently inquire into how to be ready for whatever comes your way.

Being Ready for Whatever Comes Your Way

We exist within a perfectly balanced, multi-dimensional and loving universe. Yet we tend to continually judge it, because our egos want the moment to be other than it is. We think there is something wrong with what is. It is either too much, or too little in some way or another. We experience the universe as an unfair judge that is imposing itself on us. Feeling that life is happening to us, we judge it in turn.

However, gifted with the power of free will, we are in fact co-creative partners with the universe, and this very moment. We have the invaluable ability to choose how we perceive and respond to all that arises. With this open outlook, we have the opportunity to recognize our misperception. We can let go of imposing our agenda on the moment and receive instead what is with a sense of freshness. When we do so, we readily meet what is. In that state of readiness, we find immense heart and possibility. A whole new world opens up with ease and flow, where before we thought it impossible.

Welcoming The Moment As It Is

Readiness is based on a fundamental understanding that life supports our deepest joy. Just as we would enthusiastically welcome our long-lost friend over for a get-together visit, we can meet the moment with the same preparedness and receptivity. We would not question the love that is present in our reunion with our long-lost friend. We would not impose ideas of how she should be. We would not resist her in judgement. We would be in wonder at her return to our life, and want to know all about how she has been.

Each moment is like the return of our long-lost friend, a visit from the compassionate universe itself. It returns to us to remind us of our interconnection with it. It mirrors the breadth of who we are, the power of our choices and our ability to create magnificence.

The state of the Arctic Ocean came knocking at my door like a long-lost friend who was haggard, road-weary and in deep need of love. I was ready to meet its call to serve it back to health. The moment may not always bring easy news, but it will always be perfectly packaged in such a way as to give us an opportunity to open our hearts more deeply and love more fully. Our state of readiness gives us maximum ability to meet the now with all it brings.

Practice Inner Peace

Between now and next week, please consider the following:

  • Am I ready to welcome this moment as my long-lost friend?
  • What am I resisting in this moment, and how come?
  • What do I feel I get as a payoff for my resistance? Is it truly worth it?
  • What would my life look like if I let go of resistance?
  • What would happen if I chose readiness instead?

If you have been following along for the past few weeks, continue to work with the hourly mindfulness chimes you have created in your schedule to pause, breathe, and practice peace. I use them every hour on the hour throughout the day and love them! Take a moment to settle into the experience of openness and readiness. See if you begin to notice changes in how you relate to the world around you.

From my heart to yours,
Parvati

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I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
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