The seen is the nature of the gunas (qualities of nature): illumination, activity, and inertia; and consists of the elements and sense organs, who purpose is to provide both experiences and liberation to the Purusa (soul).
The Yoga Sutras
This winter was the hardest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced. I went from cursing the sleet and snow, to deep sadness and longing for warmth. Then I would switch from frustration, to anger until finally--after the blustering winds wouldn’t stop...I became content, even happy! I made a conscious choice to lift my focus higher--to the soul level.
All that is around us is there to help us towards our soulful liberation--our soul’s union with God and with love.
So in the dark of winter, I made the choice that I was tired of feeling the way I was feeling. I was tired of cursing my conditions. I began to meditate and pray every morning...not even for a long time! Just a few minutes to get my mind in the right place. I started a gratitude journal. I focused on positive mantras throughout my day and my yoga practice. Every time a negative thought came to mind, I would switch it instantly with a blessing.
And now, I hardly even notice that it’s the first day of spring and I’m still wearing my down, long black winter coat. (I mean... I definitely notice... but I’m not upset by it;))
Our experiences--good and seemingly negative-- help to liberate our soul. Our soul only feels free when it is light and full of love. This happens when we perceive all that is around us with gratitude and joy. Yes, even the experiences that scratch and claw at our hearts leaving us sore and hurt. Those heart wrenching, utterly painful experiences exist to strengthen your soul. In fact, they are doing the dirty work to make your soul even more beautiful, even more aligned with God and with pure love.
Nothing lasts forever. Things are constantly changing, constantly bringing to our attention new experiences, new trials, new joys. True freedom comes when we are able to live through those experiences without despair. In fact, peace comes when despair is replaced with gratitude because we know that all of it--the pain, the heartache, the tears, the bitter cold--it’s all for our own growth, our highest good, and the elevation of our souls to a shining, bright place.
And that is my wish for you. True freedom in knowing that all the terrible things will get better and that YOU will shine brighter because of it.
May your soul shine brighter every day:)