“Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
As we enter the period in between holidays, let us pause for a moment to catch our breath, and with the passing of one celebration get ready to prepare for our next occasion. And as we do so, may we also create the space to honor, on a larger scale, the same cyclical nature of our own lives, where within the twin bookends of beginning and end lay the opportunity to honor the in-between.
As human beings we are constantly in motion, navigating the often murky waters of one experience beginning while another one ends. How do we make sense of it all? We begin to watch for the moments where quiet reigns; when motion gives way to stillness and instead of waiting only for the next surge to arrive we ask ourselves to remain in the present. This is the space in between pulses, the time of transition, and the moment of pause. It is all too easy to be eager for the next experience to begin, or even want to usher the current moment into the past. But as life moves in it’s inevitable rhythm, the only thing we can be certain of is the right now.
Our practice helps to remind us not to move too quickly, nor to dwell on what has passed. It doesn’t give us much space to allow our minds to wander, which can be a crucial tool in helping us to live in the moment. The expansion of our hearts and head forward and up show us how to move forward while the root of our hips back and wide remind us of where we come from. The length and tone of our waists and neck are the yokes that maintain the connection in between. When we pulse in our bodies, the vibration is channeled from the tips of our toes to the crown of our head and out to our wings in one steady rhythm, much like the ripples of life.
May we continue to learn how to relinquish beginnings, for they have already passed. May we also surrender our need to decipher an end, for it is not meant to be seen. Instead let us live the question, to our fullest ability and just maybe, live along some distant day into the answer.
Seasons Blessings to everyone! I’ll see you on your mats.