Day 85: Everything Happens For A Reason?

Purpose

Purpose

Que será, será: what will be, will be. Do I believe in fate or do I control my own destiny? Well shucks, can’t I choose both, Daily Prompt? Of course this would be your topic today; I’ve been thinking about how to write about this subject for the last week, ever since a friend asked me what I thought about the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Seems like today’s the day.

Actually this was the thought that changed everything for me, it was my point of no return. Instead of using it as an excuse to check out of my life, this phrase woke me up. The fact that I don’t know where the idea came from before it rooted in my consciousness makes me sure that it’s a good one.

When we admit that everything happens for a reason several things happen:

We have faith in a greater power outside of us that has a better understanding of what’s ultimately good for us and the entire human race.

We let go of the need to know and control everything in life and acknowledge that we are co-creators with God.

We open up to the possibility of learning new things in unexpected ways and gaining perspective that changes our understanding of the world.

Most importantly, believing that everything happens for a reason comes in a handy little combo-pack with the understanding that challenges and problems aren’t there just to make us feel like victims. In this mindset we know that they play roles in our lives that are equally important as our successes and achievements.

This is faith, gratitude and compassion in action. Instead of going to a place of self-deprecation, anger, and sadness when we miss the train, the belief that everything happens for a reason can help us choose equanimity and peace. Because it encompasses so many different spiritual practices, this mantra is one of my best tools for staying in the present moment where I am grounded in the love of the Universe. I hope you’ll give it a shot.

Day 77: A Second Chakra Prayer

May I be as receptive as water.

May I flow with the fluctuations and changes life brings, letting go to embrace growth through change.

May I gain power and momentum as change awakens consciousness and polarities within create movement without.

May I find surrender through pleasure and release all tensions to heal the balance between my mind and body.

May I be liberated from limited consciousness by nurturing and unifying relationships with myself, others and the Universe.

May I embody the powers of the Mother Moon: to control the life-giving flow of emotions, and therefore rule the unconscious, the mysterious and unseen, the dark and the feminine.

May I move great oceans with my desires and passions, exalting in the dance of dualities but never losing my center in the seat of life: Svadhistana.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (c) VA

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (c) VA

Day 25 Again: Be Here, Be Now. Here’s How:

I have always thought that learning was the most incredible experience. I have also always seen learning as a reason to teach. Actually I believe it is every learner’s obligation to teach.

Listening, Writing, Doing, Teaching

Listening, Writing, Doing, Teaching

When I heard about the levels of learning at some point in high school, I finally understood why my teachers were always asking me to show my classmates how to do work I had already finished.

Basically, the first and least likely to stick, is simply listening passively or even rote memorization. The info passes through with little significance. The second highest level of learning is note-taking or any action that encourages comprehension. Third highest is  doing something to apply information solidifies the understanding and proves you’ve learned just by using that knowledge you are being taught. The fourth level of learning, the way in which information is most deeply engrained, is through teaching. Teaching involves the act of correlation, connecting ideas and creating new associations which forms the deepest understanding that sticks with a person the longest.

I teach because I like to learn. Simple as that.

The cool thing is, you don’t need a classroom or a group of students to be a teacher. The only thing you need to teach, is knowledge. Wisdom helps too, but that’s not even necessary. Teaching is the ultimate benevolent act because the student gains as much as the teacher.

This post was inspired by the Daily Post prompt of the day, and my beautiful yoga teacher who shared a lovely mantra with me today.

This is what I want to pass on to you (for my benefit as much as yours).

Be Here. Be Now. Here’s How:

Allow the current of stuff we call “life,”
the pure energy coming from all directions,
to light up your being and move into your body
on the wings of a breath.

Let the same power that turns clouds pink,
that opens baby flower blossoms,
and sounds jubilant church bells
carry you into the present moment.

You are pure energy,
pure potential,
a channel through which
the universe flows.

That’s it.
There’s nothing more.
Be open or closed,
whatever you choose, be conscious.

I urge you to choose, of course,
the vulnerability of openness.
Have the courage to let down your floodgates
and flow with the deluge that comes on each breath.

Breathing in, be here.
Breathing out, be now.
Breathing in, I am here.
Breathing in, I am now.

"Expansion" by Paige Bradley

“Expansion” by Paige Bradley

ProjectSpace is a project of another beautiful yoga teacher I am blessed to know. I have always supported her in everything she does and thought perhaps one of you could make use of the information found here about her work to bring yoga into underserved communities. She is bringing mindfulness to the streets on her 52-day bike tour of the United States starting this Spring.