Love, Life and Dancing in the Rain

Yesterday, my lovely Yoga teacher Julie gave me a beautiful Christmas card that she had made herself. In it she wrote a quote which I really like:

Life is not about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain.

Opening up Julie’s wonderful card which she created with love, and her incredibly apt choice of words, made me cry.

We had finished our Yoga lesson with some candle gazing, sitting in a close circle together in the dark, focusing on the light of the flame and after some time, closing our eyes and visualising the flame in our Ajna or third eye Chakra. Then we visualised moving the flame down into our Anahata or heart Chakra, feeling its glow and warmth there. We then held hands and visualised sending this golden light out from our hearts, down our arms, feeling it pass from our hands to those next to us and around the circle. It was a lovely, intimate moment. We each silently affirmed love and well-being for ourselves and for the whole group.

I returned home, opened my card, and sat on the bottom step of the stairs, not being able to stop the tears. Julie’s kindness and thoughtfulness touched me and the words she had picked for my card couldn’t have been more well chosen. If I could sum up what I believe my major life lesson is then this sentence would be the one that would express it best. I have spent so much time and energy surviving storms but I am coming to realise that when we engage with our hearts – with that Anahata centre – survival strategies are a poor substitute for dancing in the rain.

There is a wonderful book by Anodea Judith called Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn). She writes well of Anahata and its connection to love:

Love is not a matter of getting connected; it is a matter of seeing that we are already connected within an intricate web of relationships that extend throughout life. It is a realisation of ‘no boundaries’ – that we are all made of the same essence, riding through time on the same planet, faced with the same problems, the same hopes and fear. It is a connection at the core that makes irrelevant skin colour, age, sex, looks, or money.

More than anything, love is the deep sense of spiritual connection, the sense of being touched, moved, and inspired to heights beyond our normal limits. It is a connection with a deep, fundamental truth that runs through all of life and connects us together. Love makes the mundane sacred – so that it is cared for and protected. When we lose our sense of connection with all life, we have lost the sacred, and we no longer care for and protect that which nourishes us.

We are that love. We are its life force, its expression, its manifestation, its vehicle. Through it we grow, we transcend, we triumph, and surrender to grow again ever deeper. We are renewed, cut down, and renewed again.

In the Chakra system, we ideally express ourselves through all our energy centres but it is the heart that balances and connects these various energies, ‘the central wheel of life from which all others turn’. To close any part of ourselves down will cause pain but to close the heart causes the greatest pain of all.

When we stop trusting in life, when we have become overwhelmed with fear or have contracted with hurt, the true route to healing is ultimately through the opening of the heart. It’s not about being brave; it’s about feeling oneself a child again.

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4 Comments

  1. December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

    This was very heartwarming, Yoga is brilliant and you have obviously found an excellent teacher. Love is all you Need. Sending you lots. Chris

  2. luckyloom1 said,

    December 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks Chris! Sending you lots too! Yes, Julie’s classes are wonderful. I have got such a lot out of them and the group itself is really warm and friendly – there is always a lovely, happy atmosphere. Thanks for you comments Chris -much appreciated. Keep snug and warm on those drafty Fens. M XXXXXXXXX

  3. trish said,

    January 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I have just read this again, it is lovely and we do indeed have a very loving yoga teacher full of inner joy and peace. Her card to me reads “to be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path and don t worry about the darkness, for that is when stars shine the brightest.” also so apt and so well chosen, something to treasure. It has brought tears to my eyes too. Your piece from the yoga shakras book too about the heart closing down and fear paralysing us and preventing us from living..I think my fear of aging has paralysed me…it is time to follow my own light and not to be afraid of the dark. Thanks for your blog and thank you for our lovely Winter Solstice ritual. xxxxx

  4. luckyloom1 said,

    January 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Thanks Trish! Yes, there is definately an art in being able to judge exactly which fears serve us by keeping us safe from danger and which ones prevent us from taking risks and truly living. I think that most of our fears are probably not real but stem from patterns of thinking – this doesn’t necessarily make them any easier to deal with though. We can miss out on so much if we let fear dominate our lives.

    Many thanks for reading my lovely one -let that Golden Child of Promise shine! M XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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