Today the US celebrate the day of independence. And a bit like the (glorious indulgent) Ayurvedic massage treatments I offer, this here right now, is about who I am today and not what I think of how the day of Independence came about.
I celebrate my own independence today, as I do every July 4 since my children were quite young. I do something as a reminder that Independence is a gift and a state of presence. The journey into Independence touches our soul, as we free ourselves of physical and emotional binds that hold us ransom.
Independence in its truest sense brings us into relationship with our Soul and our inescapable interrelation with Life.
Personally I find walking in the woods of a local park (Coole Park) is like returning to the space of an old Soul. It beats with or without me, but as I stroll she feeds me with her endless nourishment and open heartedness. Nature is the balm for instability, and more than that, it is the simple knowing at any moment you are on top of the world. Do I really need more than this? I ask myself as I stroll today.
As my age in numbers gets higher and higher, I find my addictions to things that give me sensory delight (on occasion overload) are less inviting. In fact becoming unattractive to me. These are the culprits of living a life of lesser.
But why do I continue to veer towards certain things, labelling them “a treat” or ” OMG, I soooo deserve it!”
Our personality mind loves strong experience, to get more, have more, be more, feel supported, feel proud, feel knowledgeable, powerful, better than others. All to designed to drown out the gentle divine subtleties of this simple Life. Any and all parts of our brokenness show up in our needs, requirements and little addictions.
These little niche affections that we don’t really want to look at, well its not like they are destroying our life. Or are they? These habits from childhood created by believing we are only this, the body. The cultural, familial conditionings teaching us subtly to fall for the illusion.
In Yoga and Ayurveda this illusion is Maya. The separating between real and unreal. What is the question we need to start asking or did you see it already? As I pick up my cup of coffee…my piece of chocolate, my late night binge watching something inane…whatever it is for you (you can tell me, honest!) As you are about to sip this delicious almond milk frappe with low sugar, extra coffee, one scoop of ice cream and no cream…Ask your self the main question.
The plain fact is that what gives us greatest joy, warmth, kindness, a sense of home and being fully awake…all of these…they are unseen and yet more real and lasting than any favourite chocolate bar or glass of merlot. They enhance my health and independence. What are these? The love of my children, my close beautiful friends, my own practices of meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda. These. These are real. These hold me and support me. These urge me on, to be happy every moment. To be not afraid of withdrawing from the illusory, but to continue to every day knowing what is real in my life. This to me is worth letting go of more of what I do not need.
I am independent. I am truly well loved by many people. Far more than I sometimes remember. I am also loved by life itself, through my work, my hobby, my interest are also my part of service to this gifted life I live. My next focus is on what I want to create. Survival mode is over, Living my own joy is here now.
You can join me in your own journey into independence. Finding your own natural rhythm using the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda for direction and guidance, contact me and we can take it from there. contact Kelly @ 086 1778369 – In person appointments and Zooms.
Go gently, and may we all find independence brings joy, silence and warmth to our loving hearts.