“Touch in with the ordinary sacredness of your life”
– Waylon Lewis
Most of us aren’t able to go on extraordinary adventures or extended retreats in order to find ourselves. Although it would be incredible to climb Machu Picchu, see the Himalayas, or visit a sacred ground to discover a piece of your soul - of yourself - most of us have to find ways to extract and understand these buried parts of our spirit in our everyday lives. It is often difficult for the majority of us to find the sacred, the ineffable, the miraculous in our day to day lives, in ourselves and in others, but I have found that it’s possible. Not only that, but it is necessary for something I’d like to term “soul health”. Sounds guruish and maybe off putting - but there’s nothing like it.
There are many moments when ineffable or amazing experiences can crop up in our lives. Most of mine are very internal, but a few I’ve witnessed in groups or even second hand through stories, podcasts, or performances. As W.L. asks of us above, we must figure out how to touch in with the sacredness of our lives. The find these moments that shape us or that speak to something in us that is raw and human. Being human to the fullest is pain, but also wonder and excitement and amazement and joy, and sorrow and worry. We affect and are affected in constant flux. Such is life.
A few things I’ve found that enable me to get in touch with not only the sacredness of my life – but the sacredness of myself are yoga, meditation, love, music, and nature. Through my YTT journey we have been shown multiple methods of meditation and become more knowledgeable about the philosophy of yoga. These two things may seem small and seemingly unimportant to the “sacred”, but they have issued me a lens through which to search for mine. Yoga is ultimately a self-study – a method used to “yoke” the body, mind, and spirit with each other, with others, and with the universe.
However lofty the above statements may seem, they’re possible. Taking simple things like looking inwards, observing nature, acknowledging the way a certain song makes you feel, letting yourself be affected by others, and allowing yourself room to be human are all things that one could consider sacred. (Also could be considered yoga.) I’m sure most would define “sacred” as something connected to the divine – a place, a person, a book, an object that links or is associated with some higher existence or power. The science of yoga teaches us that we, in fact, are divine. That we at all times can connect, can inhabit, and can issue “divine” qualities, attitudes, and behaviors.
My experience in my YTT program has been impactful on a practical level – learning poses, anatomy, language, and timing – but also so much more. So much on a personal, emotional, and spiritual level as been taught, shared, and experienced. The practice of yoga to many may seem supercilious but it has brought me down to earth over and over again. In training this last weekend, I accounted to my group how much humility yoga has brought to my life. Not only am I able to reconnect to my body, my reality, my present, but I am able to meet others there too. Like I’ve stated – my experience on my yoga and YTT journey has given me the ability to connect with my spiritual self, my sacredness, while giving me constant reminders of my humanness, my realness, my imperfection.
There are not enough words to explain in full the journey I’ve been on or where it will take me in the next few weeks and life following YTT. I hope, however, that these words and the words of my fellow yogis can inspire some to seek the sacredness in themselves and the ineffable and divine in their lives.
“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.”
– Mary Oliver