Love is Wholeness. The essence of Love is Peace. The essence of Wholeness is Unity. My essence is Love, therefore, my essence is Peace; my essence is Unity. Since my essence is Unity, I share Love and Peace with you wholly. Knowing the Unity of Whole Love and Peace with All is the essence of holiness. I choose to be aware, to understand and to Know my whole and holy self, which is Love.
As a kid I could do it easily. Now, I can barely get my chest or thighs up. There is advice for people doing this position as beginners, or with the stiffness of age. The advice is, “don’t try to pull with your arms. Relax with your body and let your legs (their weight) pull against your hands to stretch your upper body.” If you do it, without effort, just letting your body be in that position, you will get stronger and more flexible. This is an example of a practice.
A practice is something that, when you do it– just do it, it transforms you. I have ongoing interest in the concept of “practice”. The nature of a practice is its ability to transform you without you putting any energy/effort into thinking about the transformation; all you have to do is the practice.
These 40-day journeys are practices; doing them will transform you. They are fairly simple (many practices are), yet they are not always easy. The Journeys ask for 5 minutes of consideration/contemplation and 5 minutes of writing. That’s all…10 simple minutes. Simple! Yet, even in doing those few moments, there can be resistance, doubt, or apathy.
The root of these (resistance, doubt, apathy) lies not with the practice but with the transformation. If these emotions come up, they may point to a fear of transformation, a fear of change—what will it mean? Who would I be?
I share this with you, because I am really reminding myself. Today the resistance (in the form of wanting to avoid doing this), was very strong. Then I thought: I just need to do it. I just need to relax and let the Guiding Thought do what it does, let it work through me and with me. 10 minutes is all I need to give. 10 minutes shows willingness; 10 minutes affirms my commitment; 10 minutes and my words and actions are aligned.
I did it. I did the 10 minutes (a little more!) and I was moved—my body was uncomfortable, my emotions were brimming, but I did it. It felt though that it wasn’t the words of the Guiding Thought that were the active principle in the moving, nor was it the concepts of Wholeness, Oneness, and Love—all of which are my usual provocateurs. It was simply my willingness to let the practice bear the weight that I might be stronger.