Inner Space

I have arrived in Sarasota for a week to primarily spend my time at an Anusara Yoga teacher training on "The Art of Adjusting." Since arriving I have taken a yoga class locally at a wonderful studio - Garden of the Heart Yoga, and have already seen many friends. I am looking forward to soaking in new insights and being nourished during this training over the next few days. More to follow on that.

But for now - more from Eckhart Tolle and The New Earth:

"Space consciousness means that...there is an undercurrent of awareness. Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things..but you are conscious of being conscious...

Whenever you are upset about an event, a person, or a situation, the real cause is not the event, person, or situation but a loss of true perspective that only space can provide. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the timeless inner space of consciousness itself. The words 'this too, shall pass,' when used as a pointer can restore awareness of that dimension to you.

Another pointer to the truth in you is contained in the following statement: 'I am never upset for the reason I think...'

...It is from inner space, the unconditional consciousness itself that true happiness, the joy of Being, emanates. To be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.

Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think 'I Am' and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness..."

I read these words at the airport this morning and they packed a wallop. They provide a wonderful template for connecting with our inner landscapes. The spiritual practices while simple, are invaluable in helping us navigate through life's challenges and conflicts, and I will be savoring them for a long time to come...

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