I am just thrilled to introduce have Christy Sensharma with us for the next 13 weeks for her series:
“A Labyrinth of Self Discovery.”
A labyrinth is not a maze. There is only one path, and as long as you stay on it, you will be drawn to the center and then back out again. You cannot get lost unless you step over the rocks. Walking the labyrinth is a journey, not only to the physical center of a circuitous path, but to the center of our very own being-ness. Along the way there are twists and turns, sometimes it seems you are approaching the center only to make a turn and find you are moving away…
Ultimately, you will reach center.
Finally, you will find your way out again.
Since 1997, I have been a student of Yoga as well as other eastern philosophies, and one of the concepts that has become integral to both my life and practice is “Svadhyaya.” Svadhyaya is generally translated as self study or self observation. The gift of this practice is to notice.
Notice how habits show up in our life. Notice how often we live with intention, or don’t. Notice whether our thinking or our actions bring happiness – bliss! – to ourselves and those around us, or not. Notice where we block or sabotage ourselves from creating what will make our hearts sing; and have the courage to ask why we’ve build the walls that keep us stuck. Notice that noticing might just make you crazy.
This work is not for the faint of heart. I know. I’ve walked this path. I can tell you it’s worth it.
The Labyrinth is a great metaphor for life in general, and Noticing will help us investigate where and how we are on this journey to our most Blissful and Deepest Self. I invite you to keep this in mind as we journey through these next thirteen weeks.
To support the practice of Noticing, journaling is amazingly helpful.
I’m not talking about a
“Dear Diary, to day I did such and such…”
I’m talking about
“Today *something* happened to me and this is what I felt, what I learned..”
I invite you to start if you don’t already have a practice. Write it in a book or on loose scraps of paper. Draw it. Paint it. Photograph it. Make voice memos. You are already in the Labyrinth, so I invite you to walk with me on this experiential journey of self-discovery.
How perfect that the first topic is Adventure! As we step into adventure week, I invite you to consider in what way the sense of adventure might carry us all the way through. Then, as we move through each of the habits, I invite you to investigate how each of these habits fits into your life. Notice that although each week has a different focus, they are all facets of a unified whole – a collage, a tapestry – that is the creation of your life.
I would like to thank Kathy for the opportunity to contribute to this cycle of Bliss Habits.
It is my joy and honor to explore each of these topics with you.
(Look for Christy’s posts each Monday afternoon here at Bliss Habits!)
I am a wife and a mom, a yogi, an artist, and a writer… but not always in that order! I tend to think in collage and have trouble starting my day without coffee (black). I am a contemplative and a seeker on this wonderful, odd trip that is this human life. I love to have adventures and detest fences of any kind. Dedicated to my journal, I blog part-time at www.vignettesfrommylife.blogspot.com