“Yoga releases the creative potential of Life. It does this by establishing a structure for self-realization, by showing how we can progress along the journey, and by opening a sacred vision of the Ultimate, of our Divine Origin, and final destiny.” – B.K.S. Iyengar, from Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom
I love this book. I find myself discovering and rediscovering his words at odd times. I’ve never read it cover to cover, always seeming to stop somewhere near the middle, but always when I return I start at the beginning.
Four years have passed since my last reading and in that time much has shifted in my life. Time as we know it says I am middle-aged. My heart and youthful spirit tell me otherwise. Iyengar transitioned to the Upper Realms less than a month before my mom passed through. Even now, I feel his life and energy through his words. As I continue to recalibrate my life within a new and confusing normal, I find peace and reassurance in his conversation with me. From his encouragement, I can begin again and know that the journey of life is so worth the effort.
In this time of growth and spiritual renewal, I have found art. Or should I say it has found me. In a big way. Where I began as an artist almost two years ago is light years away from the progress I see in my work now. After my mom’s passing, I became obsessed with creating, taking e-courses to perfect my craft. I immersed myself in the learning, and it gave me relief from the sadness.
I practiced daily. Did not miss a day. When I felt the need to take a break, I did so because I needed to step back from the intensity to give myself space to process what I was doing. In revisiting Iyengar’s words, I began to realize the connection between my artist’s journey and my yoga journey. In my mind, I have practicing asana in the corner over there, while my art occupies what I do here. I am learning that they are one in the same. It is the practice of my art skills everyday that got me here.
My art has rewarded me, kicked my ass, caused me emotional pain, healed my spirit and provided hours of happiness and peace. It is where I meet myself time and time again. And this is the point of returning to the mat. I want to meet myself there in the same way my art greets me everyday.
I think the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Thank you Guruji for appearing.