A Life of Fullness
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
All this is full. All that is full. From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from fullness, Fullness still remains.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
– Opening invocation to the Isha Upanishad
Fullness is Life, and Life is fullness. It is actually what is happening right now, in this very moment. There has never been a time when you or Life wasn’t complete and whole. Telling ourselves that we are 'fragmented' is us not seeing clearly. While your mind and thoughts may play tricks on you, it just simply isn’t possible for Life as we know it to be anything less than Full. You were born into this body complete and you will leave this body complete. Are you aware of this simple, yet elusive truth?
If you’re at all like me, sometimes we forget. The world at large tells us we need ‘this’ or ‘that’ to feel complete; the right partner, job, car, device, diet, wardrobe, etc… the list goes on and on. And we start to believe it, thinking that we lack something outside of ourself. Meanwhile the Earth sweeps us through space at about 67,000 mph, spinning on an axis, feeding us, giving us water, oxygen and everything else we need. A ‘fullness’ so supremely perfected in its completeness and yet, we forget.
It can feel like moving mountains as we try and shift into the mindset that we ourselves are Full, and that the totality of Life itself is Full – that all this is perfect. However, any small step we take toward this is a step towards liberation. How do we begin the journey to waking up? One path is to keep showing up in the practice of Yoga. A practice that we must take on with complete shraddha (faith), abhyasa (effort) and vairagya (surrender). Meaning to say, that if you keep showing up and putting in the effort without any attachments to the outcome, you may get a glimpse of the freedom that comes from knowing you are Full.
However, I must warn you. This practice may ruin your life as you knew it. When you sharpen your discernment and begin to notice the illusory thoughts of lack, you will begin to see how you’ve fooled yourself for too long. You will begin to make changes. They may be small, nearly unnoticeable at first and then you will begin to shift in more radical ways. You’ll find that the ambitions, fears and insecurities that once governed your decisions and habits will begin to dismantle and the ways you tried to fill that part of you will no longer be necessary. Climbing the ‘ladder,’ desperately looking for the ‘right’ partner, accumulating all the ‘stuff’... this will all shift. And, perhaps you will get a glimpse of your own perfection, your own fullness – the simple fact that you are enough, have enough and that this Life is perfect. Then, you will get a taste of the pure sweetness this practice can offer.
I hope that my words, action and work somehow help you wake up a bit more to your own precious life.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
“To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor because it blooms up above.” – Fernando Pessoa