Starting out in a new year always inspires me to reflect on what I would like to bring with me in the next and what it is I would like to drop!
This time last year, I moved to Purusha - home of the Sahej Academy, Hari Har Ji and her lovely dog Brogan.
It has been a time of learning, growth and commitment! Being blessed to live a life of service is such an honour and a blessing. I am frequently thankful for the sweetness of life. Of course, sweetness does not come without effort and its also true that effort can be made and sweetness does not always arrive!
Dropping the need for a specific outcome and letting go of how things turn out is an experience I'm constantly reminded of. Doing something because it needs to be done is the way of the heart and the path for 2016 and the future. Dropping the need to control and to give because you must, is the call of 'The Aquarian Age'.
Community or Sangat is one of the foundations of which Kundalini Yoga is built upon. We "live for each other", so that we can support each other on our path. To be in this relationship with others, we must get out of our comfort zone, we have to risk something and share whatever it is the universe has graced us with.
Yogi Bhajan said the most courageous act of a human is to "be with another human". He said, we need to come out and touch everyone with the longing of the soul! To do this is totally courageous because we risk having to expand ourselves, so we can contain whatever the other brings. Even if this person drops 10 tonnes of garbage at your feet!
Can we embrace them and accept them?
Can we let them know simply, "I am with you"?
It is so simple, and yet so transformational....to expand our hearts and to look at each other in the eye and know that the infinite lies within. This is why we greet each other with 'Satnam', to remind ourselves that Truth is who we really are.
So, I begin this year with joy, knowing, that as challenges come and changes come...whatever is real will be sustained and whatever is an illusion will go. Lets take risks and and uplift each other so we truly are "living for each other".
I am reminded of one of my favourite poems, and would like to share with you
"TO RISK" by William Arthur Ward.
"To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails."