Hello Beautiful People,
How are you?
This week Ben (my husband) has been super busy doing renovations on our house while I've been busy looking after little Rafael 24/7.
Its got me thinking alot about the concept of (and reality of) identity. At the moment I can literally feel my identity shifting day by day, as each day brings new challenges and skills relating to motherhood and all the while the penny is really starting to drop that I can only hold down a minimal percentage of the things that I used to do.
In yogic philosophy - especially Advaita philosophy the question 'who am I?' comes up a lot. The great sage Ramana Maharshi taught that enquiring into the true nature of the self was the fastest route to enlightenment. He believed that when we seek to find the unchanging part of ourselves we find that neither our body, our minds, our emotions or the many roles we play truly define us. That within each of us there is only one core thing that truly defines us and does not change- our Spirit/Soul/Connection to the Source/ Divine... or whatever else you want to call it.
It is beautiful to remember that underneath the many ups and downs that happen in our lives that the real story- the real identity is pure love.
That being said, sometimes the larger cosmic identity feels far away, and in order to get there I need to somehow love and accept the flawed, human ever changing part of me (as that is part of the larger cosmic ultimate identity too!). I also notice that the amount of love and compassion I am able to show to myself is in direct proportion to the love and compassion I can show to others.
So in the spirit of this here is a yoga practice for Self Love.
I hope that you enjoy it and send you love from my heart to yours (its all the same heart anyway!)
Aham Prema (I am divine love)