Identify the contents. How do they serve you? Decide what to set down, what to carry. Letting go is difficult. Holding on is difficult. Maybe you learn how to shift the weight, carry it differently.
ox turns at field row’s end
the onions, tomatoes, zucchini and dill
the luminous strands of March
get up, get ready, to work, to begin
get up, get ready, to work, to follow
the arc of the world, the slope of the light
earth beneath thumbnail
knees pressed in soil
clods of mud smear rubber boots
and we, the workers
anchored to weather
with its moods, whims, dictations
we, the workers
fastened to the ox and the engine of his breath
fastened to the fields
splashing around in our patience
working until it is no longer work,
but who we are and what we do
settling down to seek the stillness of evening
we have become the work itself
we are the field, the ox
we are the onions, the mud
watching attentively, listening closely
viewing ourselves as if through a microscope
the metronome held in the bone-basket of our ribs,
its momentum not yet interrupted
The next time a storm comes, set your eyes upon a tree. The branches toss and turn, flail and bend – and wisely so, for what happens to things that don’t bend?
But then, beneath the boughs and limbs, the trunk. And beneath that pillar of power and stability, the roots – firmly fixed to the earth.
“If you’re able to keep returning to your focus point (in meditation), you can move still deeper into the mind and experience the true Self, because underneath these three basic levels of consciousness (conscious mind, semi-conscious mind, unconscious mind) there is a fourth. For simplicity, I’ll refer to it as the source. It’s important to note that all minds originate from the same source point. This point has many names originating in many cultures. A simple Western name would be God. Eastern names would include the Tao and Brahman. Albert Einstein referred to this source as the Unified Field. Whatever you call this Source, it’s important to remember that it exists within every mind.
This source point is the origin of all thought……it’s a formless thought of pure joy, bliss and love. This thought is present within you at this very moment and at every moment, though it’s likely to be buried under layers of physical, emotional and psychological baggage.
It is this source point that we’re trying to realize when we practice yoga.”
-Darren Main, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic
In working with Coyote – the trickster who tricks even himself – there can be no rigid thinking, no frame around the picture. Perceptions are dissolved, expectations are deconstructed. One must take oneself less seriously, welcome laughter, crack open the shell of one’s own ego.
An open heart is required, and it is like the open road: lending itself to endless possibilities, allowing whatever wants to come next to happen, inviting the mind to loosen its grip on everything it has convinced itself of, softening into fearlessness and deep listening.
The processes of nature, miracles all. How full of folly we are, how powerful, how small.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured, and endure what cannot be cured.”
Say yes to storms, stillness, success, failure, silence, noise. Yes to high winds, bitter cold, sweltering heat, crushing loneliness, joyful connection, isolation, liberation.
Yes to the broken and the unbreakable. Yes to the shaken and the unshakeable.
Say yes to danger, safety, pain, pleasure, exhaustion, energy. Yes to the suffering you’ve known and the gifts you’ve been given. Yes to a small and closed-in place, yes to the mystery of limitless space.
Say yes to old hurts, fresh wounds. Yes to your rise and yes to your fall, to effort and ease. Yes to the fields of time and timelessness.
Say yes to all the things you think you could never do or be, yes to anything you’re afraid of. Yes to duality and oneness. In saying yes, you become unstuck. When you say yes, nothing can hold you hostage.