“You are the sky. Everything else — it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chödrön
In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi relates consciousness to a pristine mountain lake reflecting all that surrounds it. In this comparison, nature + elements represent our thoughts + emotions. As the wind picks up and drags across the surface of the lake, the clear image becomes distorted in the same way that our essential consciousness is susceptible to the sway of our thoughts + emotions.
Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and its accompany practices re-establish connection to the source of consciousness that is both within us and surrounds us. When we return to this space, we find clarity, wisdom, intuition, contentment, peace, love, creativity, and connectivity. These are the qualities that imbue our thoughts, words, and behaviors in relation to ourselves and others.
When we practice living our life from this space, each moment we are given presents an opportunity to sort through the distortions. It is in these moments of suspension from our repeated thought cycles, engrained emotional responses, and habitual reactions that we can consciously decide our next steps.
This practice is not easy — but anything that we practice on a regular basis gradually strengthens over time — and the opportunities for growth never cease.