Megan Nolan, PhD.
Within the span of each and every person’s life, a wide variety of experiences arise, some pleasant, some unpleasant, some neutral. Yet in every person’s life there are moments when there is a direct connection to the Soul, to one’s essence.
There are moments when you feel you have gone past your day-to-day engagements, your struggles and your difficulties, your joys, your relationships. You have gone deep within for a moment and touched something profound. Perhaps you feel expansiveness, a connection with nature, with all beings, perhaps with the stars in the heavens, perhaps with a loved one. For a moment, you transcend your ordinary way of looking at the world, the ordinary boundaries by which you define yourself and confine yourself and you become for a moment, free, unbound, alive, connected to your Soul, to your essence.
Your heart goes out in connection to all the living beings in the world, all the people, all the plants, all the animals and even the sunset, the mountains, the ocean. Have you ever felt yourself soar on the wings of an eagle, dive into the sea, rise with the sun, expand with the vastness of the universe? Have you ever contemplated all the planets and the multitude of living beings in the stars above? If so, you begin to realize how small is a human life, how fleeting and yet how precious each and every moment because each and every moment is an opportunity to know the Infinite, to connect to the source of being. Each and every moment is an opportunity to expand your consciousness beyond the limits of your five senses and your physical body, to expand and become something more, something great, something amazing.
Each and every moment is an opportunity to know your innermost Self and through knowing that divine Self, you come to know the vastness of this whole creation. For all truly lies within, in the depths of your Soul. In the deep inner recesses of your being lies the unstruck music from which stars are born, planets come to exist and endless living beings move, are being born, live a time and fade from this world. Countless beings are coming and going, all abiding in the chords of eternity and known in the depths of your own being.
There, the difference between I and thou dissolves. There, where light and sound are one, your experience is flooded with a shower of light. There, love abides, undefined, unconfined. There love is an unconditional light, truth, being and the chord is a sound from which all creation unfolds. There, past, present and future meld together as one. There, all knowledge abides and the heart is fulfilled. There, lover and beloved become one and the weary traveler finds his or her home at last. In the sunrise, in the sunset, in the sound of the robin flitting from limb to limb, in the mountain, in the sea, in the moment between then and now is the doorway to this uncharted land, the land of your Soul. So take heart, find your boat and sail the uncharted waters in the depths of your being to find the untouched shore of eternity and the unfettered essence of your own Self.
The sages of the past have given us a map, have charted the deep waters and found a way to access the vast love within each of us. In the ancient practices of Yama and Niyama, they have illumined a way to live in love in this very world. Understanding of the journey to living love in every moment of your life unfolds through these practices as you learn how to live with harmony and reverence for all life. With these practices you learn how to live without doing harm to others, to stand in truth, to see the Infinite all around and to be in peace and contentment. You discover how to love selflessly and surrender on the infinite shores of your soul’s abode. These yogic practices work with the body and the mind to foster a ground for transformation of consciousness.
Yama and Niyama practices are for the purpose of purifying the worldly vessel so that which is infinite, pure and untarnished may be perceived. They are like the cloth that is used to shine the mirror, taking off the dust and dirt so that the clear reflection of reality may be perceived. They are practical guidelines by which you can live your life and thus acquire a serene, compassionate and loving heart.
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