As I embark upon my 33rd revolution around our sacred Sun, I am overwhelmed by the many feelings that accompany me at the beginning of another journey. 33 years feels like a long time as I weigh it in my human mind -- then again, I feel, for the most part, in better physical health than I can ever recall feeling, and although I am blessed to have experienced some incredible things in my time on this planet, I certainly don't feel very wise or particularly accomplished. As I assess the reality of this miraculous existence, and that 33 years is, really, not very much time at all, it seems perfectly understandable that, to quote one of my favorite songs by Railroad Earth, "I still got a long way to go"...
That said, I have been meaning, for quite some time, to sit down and provide my loved ones with an update on what I've been up to over these past adventurous 12 months, and just where it is I am headed. I'm not sure I have answers, but I'll try....
While out on a medicine walk with my canine companion, Güstav and I crossed paths with this beautiful Coyote...
Her behavior struck me; though I have the utmost respect for one of the most adaptable species on our planet, and have always known Coyotes to be curious, inquisitive and fearless, this one seemed to be carrying a very important message with a sense of urgency and deliberation ...
Iśvara Pranidhana :: From the Yoga Sutras, one of the Niyamas -- inner observances to carry us along our path toward union -- meaning "from dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness". Surrender.
This practice of surrender, of turning ourselves toward dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness, is not apathy. It is not giving up, or ceasing to care about or to act in support of the matters that are important to us. Rather, it is an acceptance of that which is beyond our control. It is a willingness to see beyond our finite understanding. It is an offering of trust, of faith, of hope. It is not easy.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability