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Reflecting Light On Those Who Teach Us To Remove Darkness or Ignorance July 13, 2022

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Happy Guru Purnima!

“Every relationship you develop, from casual to intimate, helps you become more conscious. No union is without spiritual value.”

– from “Morning Visual Meditation” (focus for Chakra 2) by Caroline Myss

I have had a lot of teachers over the years – teachers who have taught me some amazing things about myself and about the world. When I am able, as much as I am able, I give credit where credit is due. But, sometimes, as I internalize a lesson and make it my own, I may forget the source. Or, I may just forget to mention the source. Hopefully, that does not in any way dimension the teaching.

Shiva Rea’s outline for the Global Mala Project (a world-wide practice of 108 Sun Salutations) might be the first time I came across the term “precious jewels” as a way to describe people with whom “you have unresolved conflict”. Unfortunately, I do not recollect when I first heard “master teacher” as shorthand for someone who gives you a master class on yourself. But, it is an idea that is very much backed up by some of the sūtras, suttas, and lojang statement and I often pair these two terms together – especially when we set our personal intentions and dedications – because they underscore some very important aspects of the practice and some very fundamental elements of mindfulness-based practices like Yoga and Buddhism:

  • All relationships are sacred;
  • You can learn something from everyone and everything;
  • Every encounter is opportunity to practice;
  • Every opportunity to practice is an opportunity to turn inward, to take a look at yourself, and to contemplate the gap between how you show up in the world and how you want to (or think) you show up in the world.

Purnima means “full moon.” This full moon day (and night) – which is the first full moon after the Summer Solstice – is extra special for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is a celebration of those who teach us to remove darkness. Even though it is, formally, a celebration of specific “Big G” Teachers and, in some cultures, can also be a celebration of non-religious “little g” teachers, it can also be an opportunity to take note of those who shine light on the darkness. You know, all those people who push your buttons, get you hooked, and make you hot (under the collar)?

We may wish we didn’t have to deal with them, but they are a reminder that we can not remove the darkness we can not see.

Click here for more information about Guru Purnima, some of my teachers, and the super moon that occurs this time of year.

Please join me today (Wednesday, July 13th) at 4:30 PM or 7:15 PM for a yoga practice on Zoom. Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. You will need to register for the 7:15 PM class if you have not already done so. Give yourself extra time to log in if you have not upgraded to Zoom 5.0. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below or by emailing myra (at) ajoyfulpractice.com.

Wednesday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify. [Look for “Guru Purnima 2020”]

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