Thursday, December 31, 2009

Yesterday definitely improved in the late afternoon/evening. The class last night was a special candle lit class in honour of the new year, and it included chanting and meditation. The chanting was neat - the teacher guiding the class had a really beautiful voice, and everyone in the room (which was a lot, because the class was packed!) joined in.

For the meditation part, they had us all pick a word out of a bowl and then meditate about how that word is a part of our lives, and what it will mean to the year to come. I drew "obedience", and I'm still trying to wrap my head around how that word can influence my life in a positive sense. I mean, I think that I'm pretty obedient, generally. I fulfill my commitments, I work hard, I don't back out of things at the last moment. In fact, a lot of the time I feel like my problem is that I stretch myself too thin, trying to make everyone happy, and then I burn out.

So I'm trying to think of it as more of a "be obedient to my own path and the journey I want to be on, instead of getting sidetracked all the time". I don't know if this makes sense, and maybe it's a bit selfish, but it was the best I could come up with. Any other suggestions for possible interpretations?


Eco Yogini said...

yep, i like that interpretation. being true to your Self. :) not selfish at all, healthy.

Little Lotus said...

I think the word obedience is quite a negative one, I don't want to ever be obedient.

Maybe you are being too obedient,
Sometimes it is good to let go, stop obediently following your current path, instead take a walk on the grass or sand beside the path for a while, do what you want to do not what you ought to do.

hope you had a great new year :)


I like obedience to self...a healthy spin for sure :)

I also love this idea and because of reading your post yesterday, I was inspired to use the idea with my students last night (isn't that a poetic way of saying "I stole it"?)

Ah well. It WAS a beautiful reflect upon how that particular word, be it grace, faith, love, hope, gratitude, etc. is present or absent from your it might be kindled and sustained.

Thanks for always.