Last week I spoke about concentration (ability to focus our attention) asking you to consider where your attention goes, your prana/life force/energy goes. If you missed it, read more here.
Today we speak about wisdom. By wisdom I don’t mean intellect. When I think of wisdom the words that come to mind are enlightenment or the recognition of the divine in each and every one of us. For me it is also a felt sense that emanates from having an open, or awakened heart. Perhaps wisdom is the “state” we arrive at through diligent, disciplined practices of generosity, patience and concentration. Sound familiar? When we become wise we start to notice how often our ego tries to “separate” us from other, and in so doing, from our very selves, closing our hearts.
Try it: Call someone to mind you have a challenging relationship with. Now, start to peel back the layers of how they dress, what they look like, the car they drive, the house they live in, the job they have, how they act, etc. What is at the core?
Wisdom allows us to see, feel, understand that underneath the physical and material, there is an open and loving heart waiting to be noticed, waiting to be awakened, waiting to serve. This may sound “out there” or even “wrong” to some. However, when you talk with people who are truly full of love and joy, people who have no regrets in their life, most often they describe that sharing love has been the most important aspect of living and has brought them the greatest joy.
Years ago I read something to the effect of “on your deathbed, you won’t wish you spent more hours at the office”. If you are still with me reading this, stop here. Take a breath and imagine what I just said. Then feel it. Does your heart open just a little bit more? Or maybe you have to imagine losing someone you really love to help crack that heart open. How would it change you? I know how it has changed me.
Perhaps if we are lucky, when we look back we will realize through the cultivation of wisdom there is no difference between you and me. What seems a difference is really lack of accepting another fully.
To help me remember, here’s something I often say at the end of my yoga class: “Sit still. Notice your breath. Bow your chin to your chest as you silently allow the intellect of your mind to bow to the wisdom of your heart.” People will often forget what you said…but they will remember how you made them feel. How do you wish to remembered?