Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Then The Whole World Shifted

I could never have imagined that my life would change in such a way that I couldn't find words to describe the experience. It all began when I typed "yoga" into my Google search engine. I've always been the person that aspired to the saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear". Mysteriously, the Indian Mystic, Sadhguru and his online Inner Engineering program came to my attention.

I have always been attracted to India and all her wonderful spiritual diversity. It has always amazed me that so many different viewpoints of spirituality can exist in one place and have such respect for one another. We cannot even master that in America in my opinion. We have a tendency to have to be right over the others in our society if it doesn't sound like Christianity and that has never sat right with me. Out of my respect for India and her history to expand I decided to investigate Sadhguru's vision for humanities expansion in the area of Inner Engineering through the path of yoga.

In my investigation through taking the online program I was amazed at the discoveries I was making within my own self. Sadhguru invited me metaphorically to get on the bus to enjoy the view from his perspective. I have to say that for me that was a challenge because I had to discern was he asking me to give up my "drivers seat". That had been the test in every religion I had investigated in this country led by men, soooo, was this going to be one more disappointment for me from my favored country, India. I decided not to pass a judgement until I looked upon his request with fresh eyes and experienced what he was saying. After taking a ride on this bus for a moment through the program, I'm beginning to relinquish my drivers seat long enough to see things from different viewpoints, however, the drivers seat is the best advantage point from my experience to see the "Big Picture".

After the online program with Sadhguru I decided to go to the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences in McMinnville, Tn. There was another program offered from the online program that I wanted to take at Isha. When I arrived on this beautiful mountain top of the spectacular Cumberland Plateau with it's setting of 1200 acres of beautiful forest land I had to take a step back to catch my breath. It was unbelievable that my whole life had come to this point...on this mountaintop. From this point everything takes on a different perspective. To come to a different perspective would not come from this trip, this was only the beginning. This was just my initiation into yoga and to learn that it was much more than an exercise, which is what I got from the American perspective. It was not until my next visit at Isha in Tennessee on January 23,2011 when I personally saw Sadhguru at Darshan that I realized just how much "keeping it real" has always meant to me. Sadhguru truly must have found me out of my own desires to meet a teacher that would keep it real.

I have to say that after seeing Sadhguru on Isha's campus doing the work that needs to be done to bring his vision to fruition and receiving Darshan that evening with him...then the whole world shifted!

7 comments:

Jagadeesh said...

Thanks for sharing your Isha Experience...

Sacredflower said...

@Jagadeesh, I am most grateful to be able to share my experiences(stories) with the World. This was the purpose for creating,
"The Writers Cafe"...A place for one to find their voice. Growing up as an "only Child" I truly appreciated others sharing their journeys so that I could get a larger view thru their eyes (windows of their soul)as to who they were and peep into my own desires. Thank you fo peeping into my world!

Ronen S said...

Such a wonderful story! What do you mean by saying your world shifted? How has it impacted your life?

Sacredflower said...

@Ronen S, I have been reminded how important it is to stop and recognize who I really am and to not be distracted or entangled by what surrounds me. I do my practices the first thing when I rise in the mornings at 2:30 am for just 21 minutes and I have the stamina to carry out my 12-14 hour day with ease. I am a lot more focused now and I do not get distracted as easily by every unexpectant occurance. I view my world as that which I create and not as tho I had nothing to do with it or as if I don't have a plan. These are just a few of the benefits of Isha Yoga!

Jennifer Eddinger said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

Shilpa said...

Inspiring ! Thanks for sharing Brenda.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sharing!Thanks!
Priya