21 Feb

Delight In Life

Hello there my Morning Yogis!

I’m so excited to be HOME!!! I’m thrilled to get back to my work, my classes, and to Yoga Teacher Training!

Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

Believe in the goodness of your soul.
Acknowledge how well it has guided you.
And yet know that you will fall asleep along the way.
When you sleep,
Take no delight in blaming yourself.
Take delight in waking yourself up once more.
Self-blame is the deepest injury,
The deepest sleep of all.
Wake yourself up with gentle affection.

  

Delight in Waking Up, by Amrit Desai

I just love this. It makes me pause…and smile. It has such a loving, gentle energy; an urging for compassion that includes yourself and all beings. As Jack Kornfield says, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

I found this poem randomly (or synchronistically) stuck in some papers that I was going through this morning as I prepared for my Yoga Assisted Self-Discovery Group. This poem was the most recent way, after a curiously long list of ways, that the word “delight” has come up for me in the past several days. (Interesting how certain words or phrases or ideas do that sometimes – like they are being presented to us – or for us.) Check this out…

*Two days ago, I themed my asana class around the phrase “The greatest gift we can give another is to delight in their company.”

*In the book I was reading yesterday, Psalms 37:4 was quoted: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give the desires of thine heart.”

*This morning, a dear friend sent me an email that contained this beautiful quote by Kelly Flanagan, “Grace is the presence that knows you’re a work in progress and is simply delighting in your becoming.”

*An essay titled, “The Freedom of Delight” came across my desk before my first client of the day.

*And then, as I mentioned, the crowing “delightful moment,” (when I realized that it would most definitely be “delight” that was the thought I’d share this week) was when I found the above poem stuck in my papers.

So, I guess I’m supposed to ponder “delight.” Or maybe I’m just supposed to BE delighted.

What if we lived with delight? What if we delighted in waking up, in being awake, in breathing deeply, in living this life we’ve been given?

“Delight in life” – sounds delightful, doesn’t it. And if we open to it, we can choose delight as the state of being with which we meet each moment.

What beautiful wisdom it is to “Take delight in waking yourself up once more. Wake yourself up with gentle affection.”

Wishing you, and me, gentle affection and utter delight,

Namaste,

Augusta
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