I know that all the love we need already exists. It’s real. It’s in each of us. But sometimes it feels far away. Or hard to gather up, tap into, and send in the right direction.
A long-time beloved student, in a one-on-one support session this week, shared the idea that we’re all just stumbling through the dark looking for light…
I don’t have the quote quite right and I don’t remember the original source. But I deeply understand the message. We’re all just stumbling through the dark looking for light.
It reminded me of one of the peace prayers from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad:
असतोमा सद्गमय ।
तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥
ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।
asato mā sadgamaya
tamasomā jyotir gamaya
Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ
From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light;
From death, lead me to immortality.
Om peace, peace, peace
On the path of spiritual search there’s no arrival point. We just keep doing our best to wake up. We try to see the world and ourselves more clearly. We try—through our actions and decisions—to stop sowing the seeds of suffering…
On the path of spiritual search there’s no arrival point. But that doesn’t mean we’re without direction. We must have a sense of where we’re trying to go. Of who we’re trying to become. We must wake up everyday and ask God to lead us away from ignorance toward truth. Away from darkness toward light. Away from death toward immortality.
On the path of spiritual search there’s no arrival point. Yet we strive toward one. We muster all our courage. We gather all our strength. We insulate our heart the best we can. And we stumble through darkness looking for light.
For the past several weeks I’ve been sending you sermons that I hope inspire the practice of intention setting. Because if we don’t know where we’re trying to go it’s very unlikely that we’ll end up anywhere close.
In the Yoga for Transformation course I’ve been supporting students as they work to articulate a bhavana statement for themselves… A statement that reflects the Truth and Light always, already within them. A statement to help them remember this Truth and Light. Something to cultivate, to bring about, to dwell upon.
This week I don’t have a new sermon for you.
I have artwork for you. Three altar pieces designed to help inspire you to cultivate, bring about, and dwell upon the Truth and Light always, already within you.
This week I hope you’ll take action. I hope you’ll sit down and listen inward. I hope you’ll gaze upon these altar pieces and ask your heart to help you articulate an intention for yourself. What’s the Truth and Light already within you? The Truth and Light you want to remember? The Truth and Light from which you want to approach the world?
I love you & I wish you peace,
We all benefit from the wisdom of spiritual community. And community means more than one voice, so please add yours to the conversation. What did this week’s post spark in you?