“Behind each of life’s experiences lies a new doorway for growth in our spiritual purpose.”
In this new book by nationally known Yoga and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Mas Vidal offers a pertinent discussion of how we as yoga practitioners and spiritual seekers can find a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. Perhaps many of us have forgotten the path that we are on, and have begun to focus more on the external attainment in our life, rather than an inner sense of knowing and deeper purpose. Counter to this, Mas weaves together the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda, so that the reader can begin to incorporate these philosophies together on the path of self-realization.
From the beginning of the book, an exploration of the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth energies is undertaken and we begin to understand the way in which these different forces are alive in our everyday lives. Mas describes the moon as “reflecting the qualities of the mind”, the sun as the “magnetic power of the soul that gives us physical vision, spiritual perception, and the inspiration to seek our deepest truths”, and the Earth “where we can explore and study ourselves… and attain the realization of the place we can truly call home.” We thus begin to recognize the complex web that is woven when this sacred relationship is acknowledged, and we recognize that to find a deeper harmony in life, one must tune into this beauty, and alignment with nature.
It becomes very clear that as human beings on a path of self-realization we are often times lacking the ability to find that oneness within, and in Sun, Moon, and Earth, Mas presents many reasons for this disconnect. It seems we are often looking outside of ourselves for external happiness and fulfillment when we should be looking inside, and moreover, we have forgotten what deep connection actually means in our lives. This sense of longing for something more is ever pervasive in our current society, and throughout the book we begin to see that there is a fragmented path to greater wellness that most of us are undertaking. The book posits that this is because we have forgotten to drop down into our bodies and turn to more of a feeling state of being. In contrast, we stay trapped in the often complex and confusing state of the mental being where we focus in life on analyzing, doing, and executing. Refreshingly, the book presents the path of true mind-body connection which is one of “teaching people to embrace a way of living that aligns them with a more natural state of being that will eventually increase their quality of health and awareness.”From a Vedic stand point this involves shifting our daily habits so that we align in a deeper way with the time of day, season, and life cycle. By using this as a framework, we begin to adjust our food choices, exercise, meditation, breath work, and lifestyle habits so that we are opting for those choices that bring us the greatest balance and a deeper alignment and attunement with nature. Mas presents many suggestions for incorporating these lifestyle considerations into our days and also shows how depending on the individual’s dosha this might shift based upon the season.
Finally, Mas leaves us with the thought that “there is a place within ourselves that we can all discover. It is our very own abode of truth. This place feels true to our being and reveals itself in language that aligns with our deepest wishes.” Is this not the connection within that each of us are looking for in our yoga practice?