This month we celebrate our independence. On the Fourth of July, many of us will gather with friends and family to embrace, reflect on and party about our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Moksha is a Sanskrit word meaning "liberation." When we realize that we have within us the ability to embrace life's many abundant gifts with gratitude and accept even difficult challenges as opportunities to grow, there is no longer any need to chase or "pursue" happiness at all. Then we are free from the cycle of desire, attachment, and aversion, and we have an opportunity to experience the bliss that comes from within instead of without.
Often, even in the "land of the free," we live our lives ensnared by self-limiting beliefs and patterns, perpetually doing things that are not in our best interests, often out of fear or self doubt. We carry our negative habits and worrisome stressors in our bodies as well, and can often sense that we are physically limited or rigid before making the connection that our bodies are only reflecting the condition of our inner world.
Yoga asana (posture) practice is a great way to begin to experience personal freedom. When restricted shoulders experience full range of motion and chronic tightness in the hips starts to unravel, we see that letting go of our physical restriction is liberating. This often leads to a powerful domino effect of release in other aspects of our lives.
When we let go of the mind that chases after fleeting pleasures and open up hands that formerly clutched possessions with fear, we are free to experience real emancipation and can celebrate the joy it is to truly live and powerfully love, in the present moment.
I hope your July is absolutely liberating! :)
Happy Independence Day!
See you at OM...