Comparing the present, to the days of service in Sivananda Ashram, I feel myself having changed tremendously.
Ever since my coming to yoga, I’ve taken this practice very seriously... Living in the Ashram, my sadhana was strict. Every minute of every day, assigned to some traditional type of spiritual practice...
But then I met someone. Someone very special. I quickly found myself floating, five feet from the floor. She left her old life behind, and from day one, has always supported my purpose and my personal practice. But at the same time, she has made me rethink exactly what constitutes spiritual life.
In the Ashram, Shakti was assigned to serve in the morning kitchens. Her hours made it impossible for her to attend morning meditation.. And after nearly two years of ‘strict’ sadhana, I started to skip morning Meditations.
Instead of silently sitting with the community, I would go find fruits, or flowers and bring them to Shakti in the kitchen.. to this day, I cannot imagine an activity rival to the satisfaction I find in seeing her smile.
But at that point, I started to notice something interesting. I started to notice that my energy levels were way higher than usual. I noticed myself feeling constantly connected. I felt, and continue to feel a dance of mutual, unconditional, Love.
The truth is, for a long time, I was living like a robot. Not to take away from the Ashram at all - I would not be who I am without what was learned in that space - but still, my experience became dry..
Without even meaning to, this beautiful creature began to breathe real life back into my practice.
Thank you for bringing me to Balance @shaktibird_
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