One of my clients came in the other day, lay over her blocks, and began to settle into her new-found yoga practice. As I began my meditative efforts to quieten her mind, bring the awareness to her breath, and awaken her focus, she sweetly said to me “You are much more spiritual then I am.” I wasn’t sure if that was a compliment or a question?
Spirituality is an individual journey that is unique and comes in all different shapes, sizes, and colours. I think some of us like to describe ourselves as being a ‘spiritual’ person probably to let others know we are not materialistic or superficial. But let’s be realistic, we live in a commercial society! Big city living can be a challenging place to avoid influences and experiences that create desires for things. I’m pretty sure my spirituality is not void of all superficiality. Does that make me less spiritual?
Traditionally, being spiritual signified having a relationship or attachments to religious values, and matters of the spirit, rather than material or worldly interests. Today, our Western world has adopted this now-trendy notion of Spirituality! More commonly and consciously, we are starting to compliment, or question the reaching of higher levels using yoga and meditation.
A few weeks ago, I went moon-chasing. This is a similar activity to those who are Hurricane Hunters, but far less dangerous and filled with an abundance of cosmic energy and vibrations.
The moon’s power, her glow, the sensation of warmth in the midst of dark skies, and perhaps even the fantasy of communication I feel with her, has everything to do with my personal relationship with our rotating moon.
She follows me everywhere I go. I feel protected in her radiance and I miss her when she’s almost invisible, in her weaning crescent stages.
I seem to capture her glimpse unknowingly when everyone else around me is oblivious. Ultimately, I find myself craving and yearning to see her full moon beams again.
Having a relationship with spirit, with the moon and the stars, or perhaps more simply, with yourself, is what I consider to be spirituality.
The connection within myself and beyond have been cultivated and ultimately experienced through practising yoga.
Yoga allows me to bring my body and mind to focus with the harmony of shapes and sensations I can create, leading me to a path of greater expression and a satisfaction that far succeeds what a monetary possession can provide.
I credit my yoga practice for the clarity it brings to me and the ability to feel deeply. It is my yoga that allows me to have a personal relationship with the moon. We talk, we connect, we feel each other’s energy and we trust we will see each other again. Some might see this as having your head in the clouds…literally. Others might just realise…this is MY spirituality.