We all experience times when life brings us enormous challenges, times when we feel we can only exist breath to breath, moment to moment. This excerpt from Shiva Rea's Tending the Heart Fire can help us re-center in our personal power and in the rhythms of life.
"Take a gradual step, breath by breath, moment by moment, toward the next cycle. The sun also rises.
Claim a sacred space right where you are. Go to the refuge of your heart and let go of all mental projections of past, present, and future.
When dissonant rhythms arrive, listen to your heart and slowly navigate your way through the jungle without fear or anxiety.
When you encounter difficult people, remember the tree, a saint, or Tibetan monks or nuns in prison, and radiate with an energy field like the sun that can never be dimmed or extinguished.
When life gives you manure, roll up your sleeves and make fertilizer for something even more powerful to grow.
When life's rhythm is stressful and accelerated in time, slow down inside and dance with the swift rhythm while staying peaceful inside.
When you feel the contracted way that fear moves, or the sharp way that agitation moves, or the scattered way that anxiety moves, or the tight way that control moves, move the way love moves.
When all else has failed, when there is nothing more to do, when you have exhausted every branch, when you feel tired like you want to give up, when the world is overwhelming, go into a prostration or a whole-body mudra. Then listen and receive fully at the heart of prayer.
Dance with your shadow as a tender human; clean your wounds with compassion; embrace the hardest, most neglected places within yourself with a lava flow of love that dwarfs the tiny ash of the smallest self.
The "real world" is just a covering on top of the mystery. As you gaze at a sunrise or sunset, experience a connection in deep time that will dissolve every deadline, every obstacle into the dust of a billion years, a billion starts, a billion forms of light."
Practices For Difficult Times--from Shiva Rea's "Tending the Heart Fire"