Waking up to Wisdom
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What to Remember When Waking

On Dec 28, 2013 Ricky wrote:

So imagine when you wake.  Instead of relying on the alarm clock to frighten the more secret honest world away, begin to wake naturally by connecting to the biological circadian rhythm, especially in the first few moments of the very grey light of the northern hemispheric winter day off.  There is this glorious sense of gratefulness upon waking.  After a night of sleep, for most of us, we can wake slowly and become aware, albeit fleetingly, in that suspended state of wonder and thrill, hopefully within a cozy safe now physical space. 

Dr. Deepak Chopra has been quoted “Either you're a person wondering if you have a soul, or you're a soul who knows that being a person isn't real.”  In the honest secret world the soul knows, the universe expands, the intuitive creates and reveals, all while the carbon unit rejuvenates.  Most of our glimpses of enlightenment poof into the atmosphere, though, as soon as we enter into this dream of experience, here.
The moments of waking are the mind, body, spirit connection that can be accessed in an extraordinary Savasana experience (the pose of rest after a yoga practice).  Occasionally my students (ages 14-19) will arise from Savasana and ask me if it’s okay to be joyful and feel light.  Of course, is my response, and when pressed to use words to describe what they mean, they have none.  The brilliant radiance from their true essence, however, reveals all.  Ah, bliss.  What a wonderful journey for them.

I appreciate the phrase “To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.” While more elderly humans seem to know this, young people peek into this opportunity at times as well, and the wisdom that comes from connecting to what is hidden is not age dependent. Young people hunger for connection with what they experienced when they were little ones, and open. They want to talk about this. They delight in remembering, and crave validation of their intuition. Many times they comment I haven't felt like this since I was five. They require silent quiet moments to connect again which can be hard to find in the world that is increasingly technologically distracting, and in many parts of the world, dangerous.   But, they need us to be there for them when they do ‘wake’.  Thank you for sharing the writing. I look forward to waking in the morning…one more time.

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