In a Nutshell: Continual Wonder and Awe
For a simple renewing meditation, I often just recite these same six key points in my head as I relax all my muscles and breathe comfortably:
1) Each of us is already infinitely wondrous—miraculous, awe-inspiring, unfathomable. (This is well hidden beneath the distractions and emotions of everyday life.)
2) Our wondrous nature is the same as the infinite wonder of the universe.
3) The way to experience our wondrous self is to fully experience the present moment, since each moment of consciousness is infinitely wondrous in itself.
4) The mind, body, and spirit are inseparable.
5) Experiencing our wondrous self leads to an abundance of joy and goodness.
6) The techniques of Yoga, leading toward “pure awareness”, are one method for discovering our true wondrous nature.
As persuasive as I hope these cosmic truths are after reading this essay, it really takes considerable (but relaxed) practice to work them into one’s habitual everyday life and consciousness.
I once wrote to a friend:
Just relax, breathe deeply, and experience each moment, non-judgmentally,
as it’s happening, no matter what is happening.
That’s a summary of 5,000 years of Yoga wisdom in a single sentence.
The central message of Yoga is that just being alive contains infinite and unlimited wonder (and meaning) all by itself, regardless of what else is happening in your life.
Yoga reduces the complexity of our lives to the elegant simplicity of continual wonder and awe, without losing any of the other things we treasure about being human.