Forget About Enlightenment

Forget about enlightenment
Sit down wherever you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
Feel the love, the longing, the fear in your bones.
Open your heart to who you are, right now.
Not who you would like to be,
Not the saint you are striving to become,
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
All of you is holy.
You are already more and less
Than whatever you can know.
Breathe out,
Touch in,
Let go.

– John Welwood

I’ve spent the better part of the last twenty years studying somatic therapy, yoga, yoga philosophy, Buddhism, mindfulness and holistic nutrition and I’m embarrassed (yet relieved) to say that I totally have been missing the boat.

For me, as of late, it is no longer about getting to the right class or dharma talk, perfecting some asana or pranayama technique, purchasing one more book or attending another workshop.

It’s much more simple (yet challenging) – I attend to the life that is right in front of me. Not my stories, judgements, interpretations, resistance or attachment to the life that’s in front of me, but the mysterious aliveness of each moment.

It’s a continual dropping of my own attachments to my internal dialogue and personality and a shaky-kneed return to the aliveness of the moment – over and over and over again.

Funny enough, forgetting about enlightenment has made me less certain about most things, yet more alive than I’ve ever been.

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