I love synchronicity!
One of the new habits I’ve managed to start by lowering the activation energy barrier is reading one entry from Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga every morning.
This morning, after my talk of the ways that the deaths of dreams in my life over the last year have opened space for new births in yesterday’s post on celebrating baby steps, I opened the page to find a most amazing reading waiting for me. I wish I could quote the entire thing here, but in honor of copyright, I will just post a few highlights to give you a sense of the piece and how well it dovetails with my thoughts from yesterday.
“Before we are truly ready to renounce something, renunciation seems like a pointless sacrifice. […] But then there is a shift in perception. The furniture of our life gets moved, and we are forced to pay attention. […] More often than not, however, this shift in our perceptions is associated with some kind of loss—a literal death, or the death of some aspect of our false self. […] Suddenly we are seeing the world with new eyes. In the wake of this death, we are born to a new understanding. We are no longer at ease with the old dispensations. […] Long before we actually die to an old behavior, the way has been paved for a new one. By the time we actually arrive at the decision to let go of something, we shall ‘be glad of another death.’ When we are ready to let go, we will do so with relief. We will experience renunciation not as a death but as a birth.” [emphasis mine] ~Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison
Yes! This is exactly what I have been experiencing. The death of these things in my life has shifted my perception so much that there are other things (even ones that have been long held dear) that I’m suddenly ready to let go of. And I’m finding the letting go of them to come with relief and a sense of birth, not as a death.
In fact, I had a rather shocking (to me) revelation tonight in my yoga teacher training class of something else that I am ready to let go of—something that I am realizing that I’ve already started letting go of without even being conscious that I was doing it. But that’s a topic for tomorrow …
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