Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” – Hafiz

That Hafiz … Sure said a lot of smart things.

I appreciate how he says love wants to do us a favor. Trouble is we do not always let it. If we would just allow love to work it’s magic we could indeed have a nonsense-free existence. (nonsense-free on our own end – you can’t control other people’s nonsense and it’s spray) But, alas, letting go and letting love is not the easiest thing to do. So, instead, we cling to our nonsense and many times allow it to define us.

During my yoga teacher training, while discussing the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we embarked on a discussion about change and transformation – the very stuff of Yoga and Life – and my Teacher made a point that has stuck with me ever since. If we want more of something in our life, we have to make room for it. We can make room for more of what we want by ridding ourselves of the opposite. If we want more love, we’ve got to let go of hate. More joy? Let go of sorrows. Peace? Make room for peace by giving up fighting.

Our Yoga practice is instrumental in this process of letting go. Through asana we create space, through meditation we learn to let go, and then the more of whatever we want can settle in.

So if we want less nonsense in our lives? Complaining about the bullshit (which we love to do) doesn’t make it go away. Make space for love by releasing hate. Let love hold you upside down and shake out all the nonsense. Then enjoy the opposite of nonsense: clarity.

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” ( Yes, I am quoting from Friday Night Lights. Yoga lessons can be gleaned even from television shows about high school football)