If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies,
I have a shirt that says just that - If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be - (anonymous). -- it is one that I have worn to many a yoga class that I have attended and taught. It is my wish for humanity... I believe it could heal so many, as we would come to know each other from a space of unattached, deep love for the other's radiant soul and in turn, we would come to know and love the radiant light energy that is our soul - the place in us, where the universe resides. So that is my wish and here is one of many a story ...
Over the past few years, but really the past year and a half, I have embarked on the healing, but not always easy or pain free journey of introspection and deep self-reflection. I have come during this time to face past traumas, to forgive others and myself, to let go, to cry, to laugh, to embrace my shadow and my light, and most importantly to know and absolutely love my Soul, my Essence, the cosmos that resides within me. The more I came to love myself, the deeper my love for the world became, as I allowed myself to feel the energy of love that literally moves through the Earth and each and everyone of us. Whether we tune into its beauty or not, the vibrational energy of love moves around us and within us, it is the higher power -- you and I, we are made of this great force - Love.
As I came to embrace this, I found that I could breathe easier, sleep better and stand in my truth, in complete vulnerability, unabashedly - knowing that I am imperfectly perfect. And as I watched the sun rise over the Joshua trees last week- I felt my breath move through me, like light energy filling my body and then I let it out into the world feeling as though, I too, like the sun were rising ... my soul waking anew from a long slumber. As I moved through the sacred space that is the Joshua tree desert, during the Bhakti Festival (West), I met many a person, whose light radiated so brightly, whose heart beat so fiercely with soul love -- that it was absolutely undeniable, Our eyes were seeing each other's souls -- the beauty we were witnessing (and experiencing) came forth from within.
And so the connections made are deep and true because they are that of the soul and the love felt is a true honoring of the soul of another. When I looked into the eyes of those around me, I saw:
ૐbeauty and pain
ૐlove and sorrow
ૐforgiveness and a want to be forgiven
ૐpeace and exhaustion
ૐ respect and understanding
... most of all - I saw:
ૐradiant light- and I saw the love that is my soul energy reflected back at me.
And so I say to you, as we said to each other - Namaste -
- "I bow to the God within you"
- "the light, the Divine, and the beauty in me acknowledges and bows to the light, the Divine and the beauty within you."
ૐ "My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one."
This word always held deep meaning for me, but now it holds a new level of understanding, as it is no longer a beautiful word with an even more beautiful meaning - now it is (also) a feeling; a sacred offering to another, the honoring of one's soul; and a true understanding of connection that is felt in the energies of the soul as nothing short of radiant love and light. <3 Peace, love and light to all.
-- I included a short slideshow of photos above, as well because in the images I am was fortunate enough to be able to capture I feel that same soul awakening that I wrote of as I watched the sun rise over the Joshua tree. The energy within the photos cannot be adequately described through text, as it is to be felt - by the heart and the soul. What radiant beauty... ૐ
A spiritual being on a physical journey, striving to make a positive impact on this world through my actions and loving intention. I believe that we are all capable of greatness, it is how we channel this great energy that matters... I choose to express it in the name of -- peace and love.