Love. We're all looking for it and yet the wisest of sages tell us that we are already love. We all experience love but it is short-lived. The feeling of “love” gives us a deep feeling of connectedness and oneness to ourselves, to others and the world. But, observe, how quickly after the feeling of love does the desire to possess it appear?
A non-threatening is the feeling of love we experience when we observe something beautiful in nature. This morning, I was down at the beach. It was sunny and warm and the ocean was at low tide so the waves were slowly lapping up onto the beach, like the water was snuggling up to the sand. I felt peace, contentment, oneness, love and then in an instant, “Get your phone out and take a video of this!” came into my mind. The veil of ignorance/separatedness (avidya) dropped back down between the ocean and me with a “smart” phone in between.
A more fearful situation happens when we have this feeling of love for another or someone else professes their love for us. I am trying to recall if I was truly, truly present to experience any of those moments in the past. Did I ever really truly love someone without wanting to possess them or obtain something from them? Was I ever able to get out of my own way enough so that I could genuinely receive someone's love? What would happen if I practiced this?
Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) is a balancing standing pose. A half moon is part matter/earth and part space/void. Like an actual half moon, we must find our foundation in the standing leg while creating space to support the upper leg. If you are having trouble with balance, try doing the pose with your back to a wall. Then try doing the pose with you back foot on the wall (easier if you use a brick under your hand as well). My current favorite versions of the pose are from Arunji's new book with a chair. Did you experience the “love” in the pose? And how soon after that did you want to possess the pose?