"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!
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!