The Great HeartPosted: September 24, 2012
If we demand enlightenment, it hides. . . All that we can do is make ourselves enlightenment-prone. We learn to treasure the possibility of awakening in all moments and circumstances. We learn to simplify and cultivate the receptivity of heart that can be touched by profound understanding. We learn to listen deeply and discover stillness amid the movement in our world.
~ Christina Feldman
This morning the sunlight and fog became partners in a dance across the pond. They whirled and twirled, dipped and lifted. As autumn wears on and the sunlight and fog no longer meet, I’ll think of this type of fog as ghost dancers, but for a few weeks fog and light will meet and they will waltz, tango, and jitterbug around the pond.
I love this time of year. When I went out for my walk early this morning it was an invigorating 39 degrees (F). I know some people will think of that as chilly or even downright cold. To me, it’s refreshing and wonderful.
The best way to describe it: I am awake after a long summer of sleep.
This morning I did The Great Heart Meditation which was one of the meditations in Yoga Journal’s 28-day Meditation Revolution challenge I did. Sally Kempton, who leads the meditations for the challenge, describes the Great Heart as “the spaciousness that opens out from behind the heart” where “you begin to find yourself connecting to… the true source of life.”
This was the last of the meditations, done in week 4, and my favorite. It’s tough to describe, but it’s a little like finding a doorway to the connection to All, to Love, to Life, to Joy.
Or maybe it’s a little like the sunlight and fog that marry in an ephemeral and ethereal dance. The two become one great light and dance. Joy. Heart. Call it whatever you will.
Capturing it, or describing it, is never easy. Neither my photos nor my words are as good as being there in that moment when it happens.
It is a beautiful way to start the day. Not a bad way to end it, either. Sometimes the dance occurs in the evening, at sunset. But you’re much more likely to catch it in the early morning hours.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for joining me on my morning walk and meditation. It’s a lovely afternoon, perfect for a hike around the pond and into the woods. The boats are still in the water for now so feel free to row or pedal around the pond. Let’s meet on the deck to watch the sunset. Perhaps we’ll get lucky and the Light Dancers will return for an evening show.
The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.
~ Yogi Tea tag wisdom