In the oft-times frenzy of the world, we easily lose sight of caring for ourselves. Then we feel out of sorts, out of control. Or maybe we sink into the doldrums. We might do some negative self talk like this: I am having a bad day. I am no good. How can I be so dumb? Come on. Tell the truth, you have probably said some of those words.
We hear all kinds of expressions that, at first glance, may seem trite. If the world gives you lemons, make lemonade! Right! Good advice! But what if you don’t FEEL like making lemonade. You’re just too DOWN to get UP. How about this? Pull yourself up by your boot straps. If you fall down, get back up. There is a reason all these pieces of advice have been around for so long. Hackneyed as they may be, a lot of the time, they work. Nonetheless, we ALL face days and times when we want to pull the covers up over our heads and stay in bed and not face the world.
Most of us have faith and belief that these “down” times are short-lived, that life has its ups and downs. If we are down today, we will be up again soon. But why wait? What can we do right now? What methods might give us a lift? In previous posts, we gave some suggestions, like feeling gratitude for what we DO have now or tamping down those awful stress levels. Here’s another idea!
This is a practice called THE SILENT WITNESS. It is very popular with my yoga students. Here’s how it works: We think of ourselves as having two sides — the little self and the True Self. This concept is quite in alignment with much spiritual thought. One is the mortal being who is prey to the modifications of the world, in other words, subject to stress, chaos and the ego. The other is the True Self, the one who remains in a state of equanimity, at peace, and loving no matter what. So we imagine that the Higher Self is there to witness us, to be our best cheerleader, to view us with loving eyes, and to comfort us and give us every bit of compassion we want. To hug us and nurture the little self who is in the struggle at the moment.
You have to visualize the Higher Self. There is no right or wrong way to do this. It is your interpretation. The silent witness may have a kind face gazing at you. Or it may be a sense of a simple presence hovering around you. Some people think of a guardian angel, a deity, or a guru. The constant is that this is the one who loves you unconditionally, just like we ALL want to be loved. This witness watches and stays with you all the time , though thick and thin, and tells you to take it easy on yourself, to lighten up, and to love yourself RIGHT NOW.
The Inner Witness, the spectator who watches all the activities of your waking state while remaining apart from them; who dwells in the midst of all action, good or bad, knowing it fully and yet remaining uncontaminated by it; who is that supremely pure, perfect and ever-attained Being. These are the wise words of Swami Muktananda.
How about it? Would you like to have such a companion? A solid partner? A warm and smiling buddy? This being is, after all, not a stranger to you. It IS you! It is the you that touches the inner love within your own heart. It just might be the YOU you will want to embrace more and more. See how you like YOU! Being hugged by YOU! Healing YOU! Being the YOU you were meant to be!
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