Ok, let’s start with some big questions.
What is your relationship with life?
Do you feel like you can trust life?
Does life appear exciting to you, or rather flat and difficult?
Do you feel alone in the world? Or do you feel as a part of something loving and magical?
Personally, I experience little bit of everything at different times, but I am realising more and more that we can choose how we relate to life and how we feel about it. We indeed create our own reality.
We can make that magic shift from separated to whole, from dull to exciting and from heavy to light. It’s in our hands. And in our minds and hearts.
So, how do I want to relate to life?
I want to embrace life with my whole awareness and feel it with all my senses. Be in the flow. In the flow of life. Let it get close to me. I want to have a real and intimate relationship with life. Trust it and let it guide me.
So how to do it? How to feel more alive?
Isn’t it something we naturally knew when we were children, and what we have to return back to with all the experience we have gained as adults. Maybe we need to forget it for a while to remember it and add it a new value? A new dimension.
The key is to pay attention.
Slow down and pay attention to what is happening right now. Inside and outside of you. Soften into it, absorb that sublimity of all that is. Breathe in the essence, and feel. Feel the aliveness in your body and the aliveness all around.
You can practice paying attention wherever you are. It can only take a few seconds. The more often you practice the easier and more natural it becomes. If you have more time and are in a place where you can be still and undisturbed you can practice going even deeper and creating your own inner sanctuary where you emerge yourself in the essence of life and beauty and let it heal you on all levels. This can be truly a magical and transforming experience. Simply sitting still with yourself, paying attention to your breath, softening your body, listening to your heart. Paying attention to life flowing through you. Then bring your attention in between your eyebrows, over the bridge of your nose and rest here for a while. When you feel ready, imagine yourself in your favourite place, where you feel safe and peaceful. The place is filled with gentle loving vibes and you rest here in the wisdom of your soul and celebrate life.
One of the great ways to pay attention and connect to life is yoga. Yoga as a practice of connecting to your body and soul through conscious movement, breath and awareness. The more you soften and let go, the easier it becomes to listen and feel. Even better if you can practice yoga outside in nature. Nature is full of life and contains endless inspiration. The stillness, the rhythms, the elements. The colours and tastes. Shapes and patterns. Every leaf is a manifestation of the genius universal power. As above, so below. The reminders are everywhere.
Soak it all in and let it inspire your breath movement and your entire way of being.
Find inspiration in this short video I made recently: https://youtu.be/gNyr8qZU1Nk
Another favourite way to connect to life in a very short time is cold water. Immersing in cold sea, lake or river. As everything is connected, the same principles as in yoga applies here. The more you breathe, the more you soften, and the more you soften the less resistance you experience, and the better you feel. The more attention you pay, the more you can feel the life flowing through you, not only in your physical body but also in your etheric body. And that is a nice feeling.
When you are truly in life, you are in the flow. You are in alignment with your essence and you can see things as they really are, full of potential and beauty. You get inspired and things come to you with ease.
We so often forget how precious and delicate life is. We take for granted that we are alive. We treat our days not as gifts but as another day filled with to-do lists. We treat our dear ones in the same way. Like if it is guaranteed that they will be here tomorrow. It is not.
Life is so fragile and so precious. And we have to remind ourselves of it as often as we can.
The more we practice paying attention to being alive and practice gratitude for all we have in our lives, the more natural it becomes. We notice that we are more present, joyful and serene. Less stressed and less alone. Healthier and happier.
Inspired by these reflections and the exciting times we live in I intend to practice yoga together again. I plan to arrange yoga classes and weekend yoga workshops and mini retreats. Stay tuned for what is coming and let’s see where it all leads us.
Now, I would love to know what are your favourite tools to make you feel more connected to life. If you feel like sharing, please use the comment box bellow.
I wish you many lively days and I close this post with a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver.
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.