Be wildly devoted to someone or somethingCherish every perceptionAt the same time forget about controlAllow the beloved to be herself and to changePassion and compassionHolding on and letting goThis ache in your heart is holyAccept t as the rise of intimacyWith life’s secret waysDevotion is the divine streaming through youFrom that place in you before timeLoves energy flows through you r bodyAnd in to eternity againSurrender to this current of devotionAnd become one with the body of loveThe Radiance Sutras
Often people tell me “I don’t know what my passion is!” so we are going to unpack what the essence of passion is, why it’s important and how it’s actually part of your Yoga.
The path of passion is as old as time (think 13th century poet Rumi) Before we worshipped science we had a unshakable faith is something greater than ourselves. According to the Vedas and yogic philosophy there are three paths to self-realisation and the path of devotion, Bhakti is one of them. (Stay tuned in the next few weeks for unpacking the other two) It’s understood that by being ‘wildly devoted to someone or something’ we realize the truth of who we are (self realization) the ultimate liberation.
This path of bhakti is not for the faint hearted; it takes the practice and study of yoga philosophy directly into our relationships with other people and ourself. The bhakti path requires radical acceptance and the art of surrender. That radical acceptance means honoring the truth of what is in any given moment, and that sweet surrender is far from a defeat but a divine release of our addition to self sabotage and suffering.
What does it mean to be a bhakti yogi?
It is to embody the quality of Love beyond conditions, that elusive unconditional love that we might be so lucky to experience a glimpse of or maybe dwell in for an extended period. It’s through this experience of unconditional love we feel first hand dissolution of separate-ness and realize “I am Love” Sound too psychedelic?
What is true love anyway?
To live a life that is ignited by passion is to sit in the heart of compassion, for being compassionate to another and to ourselves (since the two are inseparable) is the definition of true love – beyond flowers and fireworks.
But what does it actually mean?
You can be passionate about food, right? You can be passionate about coffee, or football, or piano or pottery or washi tape or belly dancing. …literally anything , so what all this actually means is, it’s about how that Thing – your Thing – makes you feel, and when we are fully consumed by The Thing, we are Present. That precious, slippery, present moment awareness where we lose time and we are ‘in the flow’ we’ve all had that feeling at least once.
The essence of passion is the desire to be present and to cherish every moment. Be wildly devoted, to someone or something and the path of bhakti leads us home to ourselves.
If you want to explore your passion ever deeper and learn some practical tools to walk the path, join me on January 1stfor my New Year's Day activation; Passion Power and Purpose
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