For women who are tied to the moon, love alone is not enough. We insist each day wrap it’s knuckles through our heart strings and pull. The lows. The joy. The poetry. We dance at the edge of a cliff, you have fallen off. So it goes. You will climb up again.
You rare girl, once again, you have a body that belongs to no lover, to no father, belongs to no one but you. Wear your sorrow like the lines on your palm. Like a shawl to keep you warm at night. Don’t mourn the love that is lost to you now. It is a book of poems whose meters worked their way into your pulse. Even if it has slipped from your hands, it will stay in your body.
You loved a man who treated you like absinthe, half poison and half god. He tried to sweeten you, to water you down. So you left. And now you have your heart all to yourself again. A heart like a stone cottage. Heart like a lover’s diary. Hope like an ocean.
wishesintotheair asked: Lazy Yogi, I find it hard to keep motivated to meditate. I will meditate every day for a few weeks, then randomly lose my motivation and stop. Why does this happen? How can I keep myself motivated? I love meditation and the way it makes me feel, but for some reason I just can't keep my motivation. Your help is appreciated. Namaste :)
You cannot depend on motivation to carry you the whole way through. Some days you just wont feel like meditating. Then what? Meditate anyway! It is on those days that you may discover something interesting.
When you sit to meditate because it makes you feel good, that is nice. However, that it is also sitting with an eye on an outcome. But if you sit with no expectations, no desires, no motivation, then peace is only one step away.
Even if it doesn’t feel that way, even if you are doing everything you can to resist it, meditate anyway.
I used to surprise myself with meditation. I made a rule that if I had enough time to ask myself if I should meditate, then I would sit for meditation without even giving myself a chance to decide.
Now I don’t consider myself a motivated meditator any more than someone may be motivated to take daily vitamins. You just do it.
fractalsouls asked: What are your thoughts of the chances that people will be truly liberated from the illusion of the mind, as only a handful really do? how should someone who may not escape the mind interpret your advice? i'm just feeling like i'm one of many that has an ego that many never be ready to be enlightened, to comprehend what it means to be enlightened and thinking that i can be fully awake may be far fetched. sorry for being a downer after your last helpful response, clearly my mind took over.
Only a handful become truly liberated because only a handful have truly desired for liberation. The desire for liberation is the last desire you ever have.
Liberation is like death. It is an irreversible change from which there is no coming back. The question isn’t whether or not you will ever become liberated. All who truly seek liberation will find it. The question is: Are you really seeking liberation?
Are you ready to admit your mistakes, to acknowledge your ignorance, and then fully forgive yourself? Are you ready to forgive everyone in your life? Are you ready to forget your body, forget your thoughts, forget your identity?
Bit by bit, you have to be willing to let go of everything. We are scared to let go, like a child clinging to the edge of a swimming pool. We do not realize we have the capacity to float.
The journey of letting the edge go and allowing the water to carry us is only as slow or as fast as you face your fear. You can take a long time working up the nerve to let go of the edge or you can do it immediately. Regardless, once you fully let go and trust yourself to the water, then there you are.
There is no such thing as drowning in this case. Every time you let go, the water will carry you.
You can become enlightened because your very nature is enlightenment. Otherwise enlightenment would be impossible. It isn’t possible to become something you aren’t. But it is possible to mistake yourself for something you are not.
The reality of your existence is that of the infinite, yet you take yourself to be this finite human body-mind. You never became this body, it merely appeared to you. Similarly, you and enlightenment are inseparable; they are the same thing.
If you genuinely wish for liberation, then live that way. Meditate daily and read the words of other liberated beings. Learn from them, meet them, and discover how they arrived there.
Books by liberated humans that I would recommend are: I Am That by Nisargatta Maharaj, Self-Knowledge by Nome, Be As You Are by Ramana Maharshi, and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Namaste my friend :) Take heart and keep at it.
the wodaabe are a nomadic people populating the sahel desert of west africa. once a year in a few select locations (here in niger), their tribe will gather to celebrate the tradition of gerewol, often referred to as a male beauty pageant, where the men painstakingly prepare themselves and then perform in front of an opinionated female crowd in the hopes of attracting their affectations.
when adorned and ready, the men begin the boisterous raume dance marathon, in which they sporadically mimic the posture and movements of the magical white egret. wodaabe women favor tallness, white eyes and teeth, and facial symmetry in their men, and both the dance and makeup job serve to accentuate these features.
photos by and paraphrased text from timothy allen