I had quite a few chances today, through teaching on the mat and living off the mat to experience not only the fire and passion inside of me, but also in my students, friends and the great and mighty G. It’s more than compelling sometimes to bear witness to my own life coalescing so seamlessly with the lives of those people with whom I come into contact every single day. There’s this inherent interconnectedness, this deep sense of abiding within one another that reminds me of the tantric concept of being breathed by the Universe rather than breathing it.
Being rooted to the fire within, expressed through the Hara, located in and around the first, second and third chakras gives me a sense of calm, confidence and sometimes even poise, that causes me to be able to completely release myself from a lot of the negative emotional and spiritual holding patterns that create a disconnection to my ananda, or bliss. I speak and teach yoga from my anandamayakosha or bliss sheath, and I am always telling my students, and my kids, to ignite from within with breath; breathing into their own bliss.
“Begin at your beginning,” I often say to all of my students, as I watch them struggle, most of the time mightily, with areas of physical tightness, restriction and sometimes downright obstinate bodily resistance and pain. “Breathe into it. Don’t grip. Relax and release.” And slowly, with consistent practice and patience and a sincere connection to the fire within, inner shifts occur and transformation unfurls.
And so it was also today with my youngest son G, on the Freshman baseball team this Spring. G has never played organized baseball before, and is a self-confessed rookie player, spending more time as water-boy and first base coach than on the field; much beloved by the coach and the rest of the team, G, who had not reached first base all season was promised his first game start and a chance for at least three at bats. He was thrilled, I was so proud as he stood in right field and got the count to 3 and 2 before striking out. The fire within was so evident in G; connected to his first, second and third chakras; actualized, energized, empowered, unfurling and transforming right in front of me, deep inside of him.
And united with my 8 am customer and my Senior Committee class and me, we all stood together igniting our fires from within; trusting our respective haras, opening to the essence of who we are, deeply connected to our Bliss.