Updated: May 22, 2022
“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of security”-Dalai Lama
“You have to be transparent so you no longer cast a shadow but instead let the light pass through you.“ -Kamand Kojouri
Shadows and obscurity lead to a whole host of reactions. Some times it can be art and inspiring; some times it can be scary and triggering. Whichever the reaction, valid. Ultimately, as with ANYTHING, too much of it tends to polarize, regardless of purpose. Yoga, as in the Sutras, calls for a cleansing of CITTA our heart-mind so that one’s actions and intentions are received clearly and purely, and that an individuals perceptions of people and situations are clear and true. This is a practice, not a test to pass or fail. Knowledge, in this sense, IS power. There isn’t a hierarchy of smarts, but conceptual versus experiential/practical tends to pale in comparison. How can one truly know, unless they’ve experienced something themselves? Every moment is a chance to start anew, to reflect on how many shadows or obscurities a lack of transparency is casting into the world. To observe oneself from within and without and honestly acknowledge how one is showing up, showing out, and the clarity that is or is not manifesting through choices, actions, thoughts, feelings, and situations. Perception is reality, and yet it is still relative. Can one shed the attachments , habits, and patterns that harden and condense perceptions; that present relativity versus reality? Can one observe oneself fully without judgement to clean the doors and windows of perception to project into and perceive from the world exactly as intended, as genuinely as possible.
On this day, I will reflect on how I am interacting with the world. I will observe the casting of shadows or transmission/magnification of light through me onto every person, experience, and moment I am aware . I will offer myself compassion and love, as I am just practicing.... like everybody else.