21 March, 2013
it doesn’t much matter if i am cashmere and you are lace, if i am adobe and you are marble.
what matters is that we know what we are.
if that smooth bark of the eucalyptus tree gives you insight, then it belongs with you.
and the more we surround ourselves by the shapes, the textures, the patterns, the light, the places, and the people that our hearts innately grasp toward, the more we are guided in, the more we are brought back home.
it is not about accumulating, it is about recognizing and eliminating what does not speak the truth.
it is about our senses in action, in response, in communication, consciously, with our depth.
if it really is all energy, which i believe it is, then of course this scent, this view, this season, this warm cup, this song, this flavor, and the weave of this fabric matter.
these objects and elements show me who i am, help me to relax inside, open doorways into my fullness, and help me to better express myself.
and the more i know who i am, the more i can connect to who you are. our separation, our suffering, diminishes.
there is legitimacy in your longing. i have said it before. and it keeps coming back.
Don’t share borrowed insights, there is no transmission in that.
Only share experiential insights. Real teachers practice, transmitting the formless into form.
~Sarah Powers (from my personal notes taken during Insight Yoga workshop)
(the book featured in the above image is True Refuge, by Tara Brach)