After years of practice and seeking to align with the highest, I can say that I have embraced the quality of softness.
It helped me anchor in my own being. It is the element that held me together in times of joy and sadness. It's easy to be aggressive and challenging to maintain the soft quality. However, when we remember the gentleness and participate in that state, the fruits of the actions reveal to us with great joy. Without the softness it's hard to make connection to ourselves and to the world around us. When it is present in us, the noise in us graciously dissolves and we begin to hear our own heart. Softness is unity of the body, mind and heart.
Through the openness of my heart, I have come across many amazing experiences, even the contracted ones are of value. All of the experiences have taught me well enough on how to participate in life and stay curious and open with a childlike wonder.
Life is an adventure. To be part of the adventure one must be grounded in one’s own being. Life is genuine and generous. To embody life and see it that way, one must stay open in the time of struggles. It begins with embodying a soft nature. If you have a limited view of what life is, we cannot expand. We start by being open to the idea that life is worth exploring. It encompasses moments of joy and sorrow. This is how we can live life to the fullest.
Things happen in life because it is dynamic. Ups and downs are inevitable. When things unfold in a contracted way, we must remember to stay open to our selves and remember to maintain the softness in us. The contraction itself is the message for us to stay open and continue with clarity. It’s an opportunity for us to practice awareness.
Few months ago I really have had an intense experience. It felt like the sky has fallen on me and I could not breathe well. I felt the contraction in my heart and my guts. It was a sharp physical pain in me. I still remember the situation time and agin. Now, it simply softens and grounds me. I see the experience as a great reminder of that realization. Ma (the universal force) shows her love in various way to guide us. I had this intense experience because I was in the state that I needed to hear and learn from it. It has connected me deeply towards my inner self. I'm grateful to all the experiences that came into my life as guidance to fuel my heart with love and wonder.
For me, one of the key principles to be part of the greater flow of life is by remembering the softness and ride with the softness to part of the highest. Greater shift requires effort. When we are putting the effort, it's easy to invite aggression. When that happens our view of things is limited. The body starts to contract, so does the mind. We begin to act impulsively and no longer with clarity.
Awareness and aliveness is present when softness is remembered.
I offer this practice to you. It's simple and profound. I have seen many shifts in my life through this practice and I hope it will serve you in same way. As a practitioner of life we must learn to stretch our minds with the knowledge that is given to us by our teachers and apply them in the practice.
May our exploration with the softness ground us in our own being and lead us to experience the shiva nature (beauty) in us.
Om Namah Shivaya!!!!