“You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
This is Steve Jobs, of course.
During meditation, if we’re fortunate, we experience a kind of life-altering nakedness that permanently affects our perspective about what we are and what we are not.
What it feels like to me is the dissolving of my body. By the end of morning practice, my understanding is that I’m a body of energy that happens to be passing through this less significant physical body.
It’s a feeling that stays through the day. On a good day, I see everyone around me as the same kind of energy, and we feel like family.
One of the best consequences of this shift in perspective is that it makes me brave. When I know myself to be light passing through this day, I lose my fear of failure (light can’t fail), of humiliation, and of rejection. I lose my small-minded need for security.
I follow my heart more easily.
I don’t know whether Steve Jobs meditated. This is important, because meditation itself is not the point, any more than my physical practice of yoga is the point.
Freedom is the point. Waking up and discovering who we are is the point. Recognizing that we’re part of all that is, is the point. Living bravely from that perspective is the point.
It just happens that meditation and practice on the mat are excellent signposts saying, ‘Hey! You beautiful smacking whack of radiant light, you! Look this way! Here you are!”
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks to Steve Jobs for the reminder that we are light passing through.
Thanks to you, always, for the conversation,
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