One of the first things I learnt as a yoga teacher-in-training in 2016 was the meaning of YOGA – to Yoke, to unite. Yoga is the continual practice of returning to the realisation that you are, and have been, whole. Though this idea resonated deeply with me, it seemed both simple and obvious. I thought I internalised it right away.
With the passage of time however, I forgot this seemingly obvious idea. I chased one after another milestone; I did what I had been conditioned to becoming so good at: striving. It was when I came across the concept of Māyā, a cloak that shrouds one from seeing the true nature of things, of life, was I reminded that I hadn’t learnt my lesson at all: Life is, and I am, already complete. Striving, chasing, unnecessary efforting would not bring more, or deeper fulfillment and joy.
But two times was not enough and I forgot this lesson again. I slipped into the constant need to justify my existence in the world by doing something, being somewhere, becoming someone. But life is generous, when you forget, she reminds you again: during a teachers meeting our founder shared her vision and story behind why she started her yoga studio, and I realised it had been under my nose the whole time: the studio I have been so lucky to teach at, is called YogaUnion.
Today’s full harvest moon on mid-autumn festival serves is a timely reminder to return to this realisation: to us on planet earth the moon manifests in different forms, just as how you and I may show up differently in the world each day,
But the moon is, like you and I, and has always been full.
Have you noticed the full moon today?