Do you ever have those moments when everything seems to fall into place? When you suddenly look around and see everything that was there all along, but the lighting is somehow different…there’s a certain clarity or focus that brings everything down a notch, into a realm of peace and silence….I seem to be having moments like these more and more this year…moments where I feel perfectly connected to the sky above me, the ground below me, and the people around me.
My classes seem to be morphing into more than I ever thought they could be: an extension of myself. An opportunity to infuse the instruction with my own insights, encouraging the students to connect to their innate sense of peace, into their own intuition. An opportunity to guide them closer to a meditative state, allowing the breath to lull them deeper and deeper into their Selves, regardless of how challenging any given posture may be at any given moment during the class. It’s after classes like these that I make my way back home, hyper aware of the colour of the clouds over my head, of the strength of my love for everything and everyone that plays a role in my life, and the significance and weight that my words carry.
Bliss seems to be in abundance for me as of late. My partner and I will have our civil union ceremony in 2 days, and what started as a simple desire to solidify our rights in a province that affords us the luxury to do so has turned into one of the most beautiful catalysts for a massive surge of love and light in both of our lives. The outpouring of kind words and sincere love is almost overwhelming, and even the energy amongst my brothers, my parents, and myself has somehow increased to the point where I keep finding myself recognizing the importance of every single moment…taking mental snapshots to ensure that I do my best to remember the smallest detail…the texture of the fibres of the rug in my father’s den, the way the halogen lights pool onto the mahogany of the bookshelves. I never would have guessed that the universe would have this kind of intensity in store for us, and it’s exactly because of this revelation that I find myself insanely humbled. It serves a a simple reminder to me that the universe really does provide everything we need, even when things don’t seem to be going all that well. Every second is a gift, every stumbling block is an opportunity to get back up, taller and more capable because we know that the energy driving us is bigger and monumentally more beautiful than anything we could imagine.
I originally left my past career to see if I could make my professional life as rewarding and beautiful as my personal life…and just when I opened my eyes after blinking, they both suddenly appeared more glaringly bright and beautiful than I ever hoped possible in my craziest dreams. And I’m so grateful. To you all, to everyone around me, but most of all, to that little feeling in the recesses of my soul that fuelled my search and continues to do so. And so the most obvious thing for me to do at this point is to pass it on. In the spirit of Jivamukti Yoga, Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu – may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
Shanti, shanti, shanti…