The full moon today is at 12° Taurus and reflects the light of the Sun in Scorpio. This creates an interesting tension between the stable, grounded and patient bull who does not want to budge from its pleasure zone, and the scorpion who is itching for change, growth and depth. Taurus wants pleasure, comfort and is prone to inertia whilst Scorpio is pushing for transformation which can only occur outside our comfort zone.
Taurus lives in the material world and is strongly attached to the good things in life, sensual pleasures and beautiful objects but to experience only the pleasurable aspects of life is to only experience part of what life has to offer. Our life gives us the opportunity to experience and learn from every aspect of our being, the light and the dark, and to truly live we must not push away the things we don’t want to feel, but allow them to happen, understanding that everything changes and passes.
The most powerful way to practice this on the yoga mat is through mindfulness, which is the practice of being acutely aware of everything that occurs in the present moment, with our body, energy, emotions, and thoughts. Through the practice we notice the sensations of the body, the thoughts that come up, our reaction to certain poses especially those that create discomfort. We watch the stories that our minds create from the viewpoint of the witness. As we continue to practice this way, we begin to notice our habitual thought patterns and over time, we learn not to get involved with these thought patterns. With practice we become more aware of our attachments and aversions, and we can let the moment be what it is without trying to cling to it or to push it away. It is only then that we can really be present in the moment.
Attachment to objects, people, habits and thoughts is wasteful of our energy as none of these things belong to us and everything is in constant flux and flow. We learn this on the mat as we transform from one shape into another with grace and acceptance, no matter what comes up for us in the moment, be it pleasure or discomfort. This teaches us to let go of our fears, our desires and setting ourselves free. Asana and meditation practice is about being able to sit with whatever may be happening and trusting that inside of it all lies eternal freedom - the freedom to work and do what we love without worrying about the outcome, the freedom to rely less on external and material possessions to bring us happiness, and the freedom to experience everything life has to offer.
“The spiritual life is always about letting go. It is never about holding on” - Rev Jesse Lee Peterson