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Being With What Is

By Jane Pottmeyer

TUE MAR 31, 2020

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photo credit: https://unsplash.com/@jannerboy62

I wrote part of this theme below for a class back in February and I think its worth re posting as a reminder that right now our work is in embracing our heart, feeling all the feels with compassion for ourselves, our families, friends, and offering gratitude for all the workers on the front lines.

The past few weeks of quarantine have been a rollercoaster of emotion with some days challenging filled with tears and sadness while other days met with acceptance. Now that many of us have nowhere to go and have less distractions in our lives, we are called to lean in and listen to get to know all that is bubbling within. We have an opportunity to meet ourselves where we can choose to expand our capacity for acceptance of what is and cultivate more patience with a fuller heart for ourselves and those around us.

This time of being home will be temporary, how will you spend it?

14th century poet, Hafiz wrote “The Subject Tonight is Love. And tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact, I know of no better topic for us to discuss."

I have been thinking about this quote a lot recently…it’s a reminder that the act of loving ourselves—all of ourselves including our insecurities, our fears, and our imperfections is arguably our highest work. While I was in meditation the other day, two additional words arrived that complement Love: Compassion, & Acceptance. Compassion for the inevitable uncomfortable feelings that arise in life or within ourselves—compassion to embrace whatever arrives without needing to push it away. And Acceptance of “What currently IS” in a situation or in another are extensions of love. This week I have been practicing welcoming thoughts, sensations, and emotions “home” and imaging myself offering each a hug as if each were a small child in need of being witnessed & listened to.

On and off our mats we have the opportunity to watch and allow our thoughts, sensations, & emotions, giving them permission to be just as they are as a way to release them like clouds. By doing this, we let held tensions pass through us so we may experience our mind, body, & soul from a place of peace & acceptance for the present moment and ultimately allowing us to open more fully to love for self and others.