Yoga Tip: Reverence – An invitation into responsible evolution

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This morning I’m feeling inspired by Gary Zukav’s book “Seat of the Soul.”  I’d like to share a section on reverence:
What is reverence? Reverence is engaging in a form and a depth of contact with Life that is well beyond the shell of form and into essence. Reverence is contact with the essence of each thing and person and plant and bird and animal. It is contact with the interior of its beingness. Even if you cannot sense the interior, it is enough to know that the form, the shell, is merely an outer layer, and that underneath is the true power and essence of who a person is, or what a thing is, is present. That is what is honored in reverence.

The unfoldment of Life, the maturation process, the process of growing through and coming into your own empowerment, is a process that needs to be approached with reverence…Whether a person is reverent depends essentially upon where he or she accepts the principle of the sacredness of Life, any way that he or she defines sacredness.

What does reverence have to do with sweating out decades of toxins and super-infusing the body with golden prana (energy) in a hot yoga class? Well, I invite you to examine your intention for exercising with so much vigor. For many years I trained for various athletic endeavors always driven by an underlying motivation to prove myself to some external authority … mom & dad … teachers & coaches … other kids on the basketball court, in schoolyards and swimming pools.  It was only after practicing yoga for several years that I recognized the turbulence and futility of competing against others to validate myself. What’s more, in my mind, I always came up short. As often as I played pick-up basketball, which was basically every day for years, the fact was that I dreaded stepping on the basketball court every bit as much as I lived to touch the ball. I was hooked on the adrenaline rush & it drove me crazy.

These days I engage in athletic pursuits with the simple intention of loving myself. It may sound goofy … sort of fem … soft and sensitive. But it works. The old intentions of competition were counterproductive and the proof of it showed up in a broken-down body after the short-term endorphin kick dissipated.
How does one step outside prevailing self-destructive competitive attitudes? Here are pointers which work for me:

Step1 – Make it a priority to adopt an attitude of reverence for our own physical bodies. In order to embrace reverence for the body, I discovered that paying attention to repeating patterns of emotions and thoughts was necessary. It takes time … a willingness to look inward … and courage. But the rewards are tremendous.

Step2 – Disengage from activities sabotaging the health and wellbeing of your body … and substitute them with new more soul fulfilling activities to take their place.

Step3 – Take a greater leadership role in our own lives. If loved ones and friends attempt to steer us into non-reverential conversations and activities, we can take responsibility for the words, thoughts and actions in which we participate. As we step out as leaders, each of us may be surprised how our gifts blossom and are received in the world.

Each time you walk through the door at Yoga Passion I invite you to embrace an attitude of reverence for the totality of your beingness. Through learning how to breath and harness the strength in your body and mind, you will discover hidden resources within yourself. Our commitment is to do our best to role model reverence and bring you transformational tools to make the inward journey as graceful and effective as possible. Join us.

As the Hopi prophesy for the new millennium states: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”