Like contemplating our neighbors the stars and planets, turning awareness within teaches us about our own spacious nature.
Outer space. It was one of the frontiers that I grew up totally in awe of. I was a young child when we put a man on the moon. As an adult I've wondered what it meant that I was made of the stuff of stars.
I observed Jupiter for the first time through scopes this August, at Mt. Lassen, part of their Dark Sky Festival. We saw Jupiter just as it was setting over the Western horizon: swirls of gaseous bands, soft pinkish colors, with several of its many moons.
The next day we sat in a hot, stuffy, auditorium carried by a NASA volunteer's love for the science of exploring space. We learned that NASA's Mission Juno, launched in 2011, had a five year journey before it entered Jupiter’s orbit. https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/origin Juno entered orbit within a second of its estimated arrival. It took countless dedicated scientists, engineers and staff, to figure out the exact trajectory and navigate the vast spaciousness between Earth and Jupiter.
I know I really need wisdom to navigate the vast spaciousness that "holds" this ever changing life. Like NASA's mission on a global level, meditation and yoga practices develop this wisdom on a personal level.
Spaciousness holds everything together. It applies to my moment to moment inner life of thoughts, feelings, sensations. And to my outer life of relating to other people, ideas, planets, solar systems, stars and suns. The wisdom of spaciousness is a resource to develop, like a fragrant rose I want to grow. It helps to be spacious around triggers that set off stressful reactions, around thoughts that aren't accurate.
This fall I'm teaching Mindfulness and meditation practices, both in weekly classes and a workshop: a Day of Practice. I'm resuming Mindful Yoga classes. These are tools that studies have shown, expand the perspective you hold toward yourself and your life. I hope you'll be able to join me at one or more of these!