Sunday, May 24, 2015

An embodied temple of presence in which you can rest

It can be incredibly (and painfully) revealing to step back and see how much of your sacred life energy is put into complaining about others and about your life situation. Much of this activity is occurring at very subtle (or even unconscious) levels, however if you have the intention and take the time to see, you can discover for yourself just how prevalent it really is.

When you complain in this way, you place yourself in a childlike, victim position, which is one of the most aggressive stances you can take toward yourself. As you explore the actual, embodied implications of this, you may even come to discover it as an act of self-violence. For when you place the burden upon another to metabolize the shadows of your unlived life, you abandon yourself, fall into a trance of self-absorption, and lose experiential contact with the aliveness, intimacy, and embodied connection that you long for so deeply.

Over the next few weeks, you might aspire to bring awareness to the ways you are complaining about your life and about others, and see very carefully how aggressive this truly is – not only to them and to life, but especially to yourself. Each time you notice yourself sending your precious life force into the activity of complaint, resentment, and blame, you could make the commitment to slowing way down, to shifting your attention your back into your tender heart, and ask:

Might there be a better, more skillful, and more compassionate way to care for myself in this moment?

By honoring yourself and others in this way, you create a sanctuary of kindness – an embodied temple of presence in which you can rest – and provide a vessel for pure, translucent love to find safe passage here.