Monday, September 19, 2011
Push Past Pain to Purify into Perfect
Avoiding Pain is Delaying Happiness
We may not always understand what is going on in the Big Picture, but we are still subject to it. What does this mean?
Last evening, I went to run my new favorite trail. The sign on the gate indicates it now locks at 6:45p. It was 5:38p. I figured if I ran the whole way, I would make it out just in time to not get locked in. Then, I decided I better save the anxiety and park outside the gate. Much to my shock, when I got to the 1.5 mile marker, there was a small group and a park volunteer with his arms out. He referred to himself as he "trail sweeper." Essentially, my run was done.
As, I turned to run back out, I understood that I was subject to the fact that the sunsets significantly earlier than it did last month at this time. In the same way, different times of the year draw attention to different pulls and forces in the universe. Just as the moon affects the tide and the alignment of the planet in relation to the sun creates seasons and affects crops and harvest, we as humans are subject to these same pulls.
I had several conversations around pain this weekend. The difference is, last September, I was experiencing the depths of great pain, this September, I am sharing the wisdom that was given to me. The only way past pain is through it and then you know Perfect.
Based on the lunar calendar, we are in the last two weeks of the year. It is known to be a time of great darkness. If you are feeling this, know that you are not alone. This is a time of great reflection and a time to right any wrongs.
It may be painful to forgive those who have harmed you or reopen wounds and ask forgiveness of those whom you have harmed, but now is the time to set the tone for a Perfect new year. Understand, it is the nature of everyone's mind to seek pleasure, however understand also that it is pain that leads to purification of spirit. In yoga we refer to creating Tapas or internal heat. The more you fire gold, the more it becomes pure. Each time it goes back into the fire, more impurities are removed.
I can only tell you from experience that avoiding pain is delaying Happiness. Push right into and Past your Pain and you will know Perfect. The more you understand what it going outside of you, the more you can understand what is going on inside of you. If you are experiencing any dis-ease at the moment, congratulations, you are in tune with big picture.
Being Happy Healthy and Fit means trusting that the source of your pain may seem unique, but that is a detail, push past it, disconnect from your story. Perfect is waiting.