Yesterday many of Americans, yogis and non-yogis alike, took part in a very Yogic practice - saluting the Sun. No they didn't all take a Sun Salutation... they stepped outside and looked up. I have to say donning optometrist-approved eyewear and observing the moon block the light of the sun , midday was in a word: awesome.
It got me thinking, "Why this fascination with the Sun? "
Amidst sheer fascination with the Sun's ability to still burn our eyeballs even though the moon is 100% in it's path, I also took note of the swirls of messaging around the Eclipse's signal of astrologically guided change. Certainly with a galactic event of this magnitude shifts would simply happen! It's universal energy after all, right?
But what if nothing happened for you? You might be feeling a little disappointed, confused, or maybe just hitting the 'B.S.' button. For you healthy skeptics, me too. I feel you. Manifestors are talking crazy ... right? Maybe.
But first let's take a small detour to another sun-related debate in Yoga.
There are a lot of opinions around how ancient the Yogic practice of Sun Salutations are. Some day they are as new as modern gymnastics. Others say they are based off of ancient pranam, devotion, to the closest understanding of Divine energy we had - the sun. Regardless of their origin we have since infused a lot of meaning into our Sun Salutations to the point of arguing about the best way to do them, the best time to take them, and even arguing about what to call each pose. When we take a step back it's easy to understand why Ancient traditions thought the Sun was pretty incredible and deserved a nod of gratitude - truly it still is pretty incredible! Our Sun is responsible for all energy on earth - including our own energy and ability to get out of bed, move our bodies and do good in the world. So the way I see it, when we break it down the basic meaning it is one in the same: it's our duty to get up, get moving, and do so with YOUR intention. In the quiet of our own practice, in the simple moments we find to move and breath, does it really matter whether or not we are Saluting the sun above or getting in tune with our own potential?
Perhaps you are not one to 'Vision Board' or make large statements of intention. But what if you shake your own universe quietly, in small ways, each time we decide to step onto the yoga mat. The change we seek may not happen in moonsweeping majesty but instead in the daily commitments we make to do the work, stick to our schedule, create and make regardless of outcome.
If all of the manifestation hype overwhelmed you and under-delivered, don't worry you're not alone. As humans we are meaning makers and cosmic events like the moon passing in front of the Sun seem like a really great time to make a lot of meaning. Unless instead it could simply be a reminder to pause, realize there is so much out there, and acknowledge your own Sun-infused potential. That might be reason enough to feel inspired to use each miraculous breath as a means to do something awesome.
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