How to Live in the Light of the Heart at This Holiday Time

Last week, we looked at what it means to go from the head to the heart. How has that process been going for you? Inspiring, vulnerable, tender? Give yourself room to embrace it all. Fears that seem real now will soften and dissipate as you practice patience and gentleness.

Your heart is the great alchemist. It transforms base emotions and thoughts into the light of compassion. It allows you to understand, as no intellect can, the source behind the painful parts of your life where you feel stuck.
During this holiday season with its calls to buy and indulge, we have an opportunity for inner peace, grounded in the heart’s wisdom. As we open to the moment with more intimacy, we may find at the root of suffering our common human tendency for wanting. It leaves our world in pain and has kept us looking for peace in all the wrong places.

It can often feel as though the things we want—be they people, things or ideals—are always out of reach, no matter how hard we try. This is because wanting comes from a place within us that feels broken and separate from the universe. Wanting is not the same as a heart’s desire, which feels connected and brings fullness and joy. Wanting is more like a perpetual sense of unease, lack or even pain.

Reconnecting with peace means understanding that our feeling of “not enough”, that drives wanting, is an illusion. In truth, we are always within a loving universe. With openness, readiness and willingness, and in the light of the heart, we can see more clearly and find greater freedom from the pain of wanting.

The Power to Choose Inner Peace

Wanting has momentum. We have probably given it our energy for some time. Our habits keep us moving in a certain direction, while we go along in auto-pilot. Here are some typical examples of wanting: shopping beyond what we can afford; compulsively checking our phones to see, ultimately, if we are loved; having a hot temper; being judgmental; feeling the need for approval to validate our self-worth; getting involved in unhealthy relationships; or acting in ways that harm others and the planet. At first, it can take willpower to redirect from these tendencies. However, we cannot simply “white-knuckle” this process, because we cannot just force ourselves to not want. That in itself is wanting. The choice to let go of wanting does not come from wilfulness, but from understanding, anchored in the heart.

In mindful presence and compassionate understanding, we can see that our painful habits do not support us or the world, and that we do not need them. Then the choice to let them go becomes easier. Eventually we realize that choosing inner peace is much easier than going along with wanting. It was actually our painful habits, rooted in wanting, that took so much energy to maintain.

Inquire for Inner Peace

Between now and next week, please consider the following:
• Since I first considered the issue of wanting a few weeks back, how has my understanding of it deepened?
• How is wanting active in my life?
• Am I willing to be present in my heart to witness my tendencies of wanting?
• When I do so, what do I feel? What do I see?
• In which ways have I wanted people, places and things to bring me peace, instead of lighting the light of my own inner peace sanctuary?
• Is that beginning to change now? In which ways? How can I support that transformation more fully?

From my heart to yours,
Parvati

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

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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