RETURNING FROM STILLNESS | 17 DIAS EN SILENCIO

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"The self is like a pearl. To find it you must dive deep down into silence, deeper and ever-deeper until it is reached." ~ Ramana Maharshi

Returning from 17 days at Hridaya Yoga Silent Meditation retreat and 31 days offline and in a state of so much grace. Somehow I thought grace was this rare, once-in-a-lifetime thing but now I can see that grace is everywhere, grace exists in everything. It's just a matter of one’s inner attention. A combination of conscious awareness and complete contentment with the present moment exactly as it is. Because it is.

While I don't have the words to fully express this experience and 17 days is only a blink of an eye, I did reveal one vital truth I'd love to share. Upon hearing it, I repeated it over and over until it rang like a singing bowl vibrating into every particle of my being.

It's simple: my essential nature is Love.

Love is the starting point, the ending point and the bridge inbetween. Love is the totality. Love cannot be understood by the mind. It starts as duality, object and subject but in depth it becomes one. From personal love to universal love to love being what we are.

Beyond our individual stories, egotistical tendencies, and limited personalities we are THIS VASTNESS. Because there is no word to describe the ineffable, we give it names like Love, Life, Truth, Grace, Spirit, God, the Universe.

Call it what you wish. Just this willingness to see beyond everyday reality allows you to see life in a renewed, unlimited way. It is this inner attitude that begins to open the gateways to eternity. And even when the mind wanders and the ego takes the wheel, still there's this constant remembrance, a return to stillness, to oneSelf, to the heart.

If you're seeking nourishment and peace. If your mind and body are exhausted and your soul is longing to go deeper. I highly recommend sitting in silence, maybe just an hour, a meal, or try a whole day, take time away from externalizing your experience and go inside, just be with yourself. If you're seeking guidance and support, the Hridaya Yoga 3 or 10 day silent meditation retreats in Oaxaca, Mexico happen once a month and are a true gift to self!

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Muchas Gracias HRIDAYA community and spiritual guides Ramana Maharshi and Sahjananda for your generosity of love and support these last 3 months and especially 17 days.

May the fruits of our collective awakening be for the benefit of all sentient beings!

In peace,
Lotus

STEPPING INTO STILLNESS | 17 DIAS EN SILENCIO

“Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state, truth will reveal itself to you.” — Kabir

Tomorrow, I begin 17 days of silence as a part of a silent meditation retreat at Hridaya Yoga in Oaxaca, Mexico.

While I mostly feel open, willing and ready to step into stillness, I also feel scared.

It’s amazing to paint yourself up to be this strong, capable, trail-blazing woman who of all things, is scared of silence and sitting still.

In the yogic tradition, realized beings transcended themselves and surrendered to something much greater. They sat in silence and meditated in caves for days, months, even years, reaching states of Samadhi (ecstasy, absorption in the essence of reality) and Nirvana (ultimate bliss) that most of us could never imagine.

While I won’t be sitting in a cave, I will be journeying inside into my innermost chambers, where I hope to come into deep resonance and intimacy with self (and Self). It is there that I also hope to engage in a process of discernment.

You see, while I know I have the gift of “a voice”, I also recognize I’ve accumulated many perspectives over the years, countless stories, media, messages, and loads of social and cultural conditioning. And while I accept and embrace all of this as a part of my karma, I also understand that the mind, even a beautiful mind, can be a prison.

Yogic sage and mystic, Ramana Maharashi says, “Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”

I dedicate this time in silence and this lifetime as a whole in service of That.

100 blessings to you and see you on the other side.

xx,
Lotus

#heroinesjourney #yearofsurrender

STOP SEEKING. BE FOUND.

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Stop seeking. Be found.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a seeker. Whether unconscious or consciously, I’ve felt this deep longing in my heart for truth. At this moment, rather than travel more, I’m sitting still. Two months at Hridaya Yoga & Meditation school in Oaxaca, Mexico where I’m taking a deeper look at myself and exploring the mysteries of life. Becoming the laboratory, the scientist and the experiment.

Funny thing is the more I sit still, the more I wake up to the absolute wonderment within and all around me. And yet nothing has changed really, it was always there.

William Blake wisely wrote, “To see a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour.“ What an amazing invitation to fascination. To see the extraordinary in the ordinary, the ordinary in the extraordinary and not to see them as better or different but just expressions of the same infinite life force. The Absolute Truth. Call it God, call it love, call it consciousness, whatever you chose, so many of us are seeking something we can’t name. We look for it in life’s pleasures and yet as soon as the mind thinks it’s “got it”, it hasn’t. It’s not a mental exercise.

So what are we doing? Where are we going? And are we “there” yet?

Ram Das says, “we’re all just walking eachother home.” And maybe it’s as simple as that. You travel the whole world only to discover that resting place in your own heart. You acquire all of this stuff only to drop it, your identity, personality, belongings, stories, lies. No longer running around chasing the ego’s evergrasping desires. But actually being present with what is. Stillness. Nothingness. Truth.

#stopseeking #befound #heroinesjourney #yearofsurrender 🙏🏽