The 13 lunar cycles: Give Praise (Part 12 of 13)
by Daphne Luttger
Life is inevitably a process of learning and maybe at some point in life’s journey, you come to the realization of the necessity of unlearning or changing the habitual patterns that we call conditioning. The importance of change for growth and transformation.
We all build our personalities on the experiences we have. Our thoughts, beliefs, and desires control our everyday life and most of the time we are not even conscious of the fact that we are driven by something we call the subconscious mind. We are influenced by our surroundings and it forms the way we look at ourselves, each other and the world around us for what we believe it is to be true.
We all have the need to feel safe and we all want to meet. But how is that even a possibility if we hardly know ourselves on different levels of awareness? At some point in your life you come to the question; What and who am I and why am I here?
If you really have the desire to discover the full truth of 'you', you have to be willing to embrace and surrender to that what 'is' right in front of you, that what wants to flow through you and wants to be acknowledged. Even if that includes re-living the pain of our wounded hearts.
We first have to become aware that we addictively repress or deny our wounding, which causes us to feel shame, helplessness, fragmentation, anxiety etc., and suppresses our sense of curiosity, wonderment, joy, spontaneity, humour, trust and connectedness.
This conditioned behaviour is based on our biological, social history that causes us to chronically behave in an almost intoxicated predictable manner, cognitive loops that cause the feeling of dissatisfaction towards our immediate experience with life itself. We don’t feel joy if we can’t feel gratitude when we are in resistance all the time.
So how can we even be thankful and praise each moment of every day if we resist the wonder of life to flow through us? To be willing to meet with the fullness of creation means that you are willing to meet with that what is. Believing that we should suffer our way through life is the ultimate illusion.
Gratitude is simple and instantly healing. As we start to learn to give thanks to the miracles that are happening right in front of our eyes, we learn that magic is everywhere. The air that you breathe, the light and life-giving warmth of the sun, mother earth that provides you with all that you need. From nutrition to the roof over your head and even the water that is running from your tap straight in your cup is quite miraculous and something to be thankful for.
We are so blessed just because we are here in the fullness of it all. To discover that there is no light without darkness. That it is the illusion of separation that makes us suffer. Abundance, all in and around and the beauty of it is that you don’t need to do your best or have to work hard to get some it. No, it just is! Count your blessings and I am sure you will feel better right away.
I’ve always been a great admirer of the poet 'Kahlil Gibran' who wrote The Prophet, ages ago. One of the chapters is about love and in the last few sentences he points out the very essence of what I try to put into words for you.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires,
let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings
its melody to the night;
To know the pain of too much tenderness;
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved
in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
— Kahlil Gibran
Share your abundant heart.
Be humble, be nice. Give praise.
Love, Daphne Luttger
Originally from Amsterdam, Daphne’s search in the outside world has brought her to her inner world. In 2008 she decided to take the Astanga Yoga Teacher Training with Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis Heil.