A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
First, Albert Einstein was more than theoretical physicist? What? He had some other amazing truths to bless us with?! Maybe some of you all knew that already, but I was certainly pleased to read this quote by Mr. Einstein. It goes so well with today’s morning meditation and creative experience.
I took a walk through the park today and decided to do a new kundalini meditation (new to me at least) called the WHA GURU Meditation for bringing on a state of calmness and joy of mind that also works with my subtle body. As I meditated, I began to hear this voice of pride, which admittedly was a little unsettling because I’m supposed to be experiencing calmness and joy right? I asked, “What do I need to do about this voice of pride?”.
The opposite of pride is humility. in focusing on the energy of humility, the voice of pride began to transform into the voice of humility. This voice helped me to see I was able to sit there doing this meditation because a dear friend, the owner of Delta Groove Yoga Studio, gifted me with this meditation. The reason I am able to work with the emotion of pride, transforming it into humility is through the teachings of Jacquelyn Small and Jane Abraham. Let’s not forget, my own self. My own soul deciding to take a walk in nature, to feel the breeze, hear the trees, listen to the birds sing, and hear the voice inside myself guiding me in a gentle compassionate way to remember that I am not alone. I wasn’t there this morning completely out of my own volition. My path this morning became beautiful as a result of all the parts coming together in harmony and love. I realized that I truly am a part of the whole.
Pride has two faces. One face encourages you to pat yourself on the back after completing a task or gong through a tough experience that you otherwise were unsure you could accomplish. The other face gives you the illusion that you have accomplished all in your life by yourself and/or your life holds more value than others. It can also make you forget that you are a part and not the whole. Imagine a piece of music, it’s notes and vibration. If you take one or two notes out, that musical piece is no longer whole. Now imagine playing just one note on a piano. It may sound like it is just one note, but the truth is that this one note that has just been played has it’s own vibration that comes through to make that sound. Now imagine vibrations. I can help you imagine that with the awesome visual above. You see the many parts within that depiction of vibration? it is complete.
We are not alone. Even if we feel like we are, we are not. Even if it feels like there is no one around to support you, I challenge you to let the energy of humility come through into your life. Sit down quietly just for 5 minutes and ask for humility. Pay attention to how you feel, what people in your life come through in your minds eye as helpful souls along your path no matter how big or small. And if you still cannot feel it, go outside. Let nature be the one to show you that you are not alone. Let the wind brush your cheek ever so slightly whispering words of comfort for you. Let the joy of the birds singing fill your heart.