When Valentine’s Day rolls around it’s easy to get caught up in thinking love is only about romance and fairy tales. But love is all around us. We see it, feel it, hear it, smell it, and touch it each and every day—if we open all our senses to it.
The Radiant Buddha said:
Regard this fleeting world like this:
Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn,
like bubbles on a fast moving stream,
like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass,
like a candle flickering in a strong wind,
echos, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations,
and like a dream.
–The Eight Similes of Illusion, from the Prajna Paramita Sutras
Pratyahara, the fifth limb in Ashtanga yoga, means to consciously withdraw energy from the senses and the world. In yoga one way to begin to understand it is to practice the corpse pose. By remaining motionless and letting go of all stress and tension, you begin to achieve a wonderful state of stillness while the world goes on around you. You achieve a state of nonreaction—like a leaf floating on the water, you are in the world, but not of it.
The spiraling contortion of serpents indicates an expansion of knowledge as well as the undulating dance of cosmic forces.
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And I wish that I could spend my days among the stars
filling up my soul with the cosmic drink of the universe.
“Being fully present isn’t something that happens once and then you have achieved it; it’s being awake to the ebb and flow and movement and creation of life, being alive to the process of life itself.”
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