Back to "Meditations from the Mat", which is a book of daily reflections on the path of yoga (by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison). From the Day 303 in the chapter on Pratyahara. Pratyahara is about learning to turn inward. I feel like that is my state more often than not during my waking hours. Hard to operate or function in daily tasks when I am in this state!.
Mr. Gates is very good at articulating what is inside my head and beyond. He crystallizes loose thought patterns that I have and pulls them together in cohesion. Which is why I find myself often turning to this book. My yoga teacher, Chris reads a passage from this book to us every Sunday morning. I never tire of hearing any of these reflections no matter how many times I hear them.
In relation to this particular quote, he talks about how the "world abounds with evidence of this inner being (the secret one that lives within us; the flower of our center). There is no end to the art, music, humor, and literature sprung from this deep well of creativity."
This inner guide we often call our muse.
Sometimes connecting with this inner guide that I call my muse comes with difficulty or reluctance. It is only when I make a conscious decision to let go and surrender to what will be that my muse comes forth. It is as though she laughs at any attempts that are contrived.
And that is what Mr. Gates refers to as Pratyahara-that decision to give yourself over to something else that is greater than you.
And the image you see before you? It is a shadow cast from a wrought iron container that holds trash cans in Old Town, Albuquerque. The shadow cast upon the concrete stamped bricks-the deep color and all those cracks! It was more than I could resist. I'm afraid that out of all the fancy dancy shots I thought that day, this one is amongst my top 3 favorites. Not an image that would win in any competition. Except for the attention of MY muse.
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!