Regardless of what we are trying to create, we have to balance the active and passive sides of our creative practices. In contest prep or other forms of body transformation, it is easy to get swept up in the “doing”…the diet, the training…the “work” so to speak. When the active side becomes dominant, though, we elicit more struggle, suffering, grief, and discord.
Being active-dominant is like being quad-dominant – you overly rely on your quadriceps without allowing the larger muscle (gluteus maximus) to unleash its power. Your passive side is your gluteus maximus. It’s more powerful than your active side. The active side focuses on “what-is” and, like your quads, wants to do all the work by itself. You become stuck in reality…or stuck with big quads! The passive side helps you let go of that and tap into the magnificence of pure potentiality…and your gluteus maximus.
Intuitively, we know that the active side is limited by the passive. We see examples of it all around us. Some people seem to be inherently lucky – always at the right place at the right time or having an easier time manifesting dreams into reality. Luck, great genetics, good looks, IQ, youth? Strong passive side, I think. The passive side is the side of “allowing”. It’s where the magic occurs because we let go of what-is in favor of what-could be. And, what “could be” exists in a sea of infinite possibilities.
Sarah, I thought you were kidding about the whole pillow / blanket thing?!”
When it comes to meditation, relaxation, and other sides of a strong passive practice, I rarely kid around! So, last night, we hosted our first Spirit & Spark™ group meditation class in-studio (for which, pillows and blankets are recommended). Forty minutes of guided meditation that flew by like 10. (I know…5 mins of meditation can seem like an eternity at times!) Our topic? Self-love. I smiled at the synchronicity…
Earlier this week, my meditation had called out the topic of forgiveness and the centering questions were:
1. Are you feeling that an area of your life is blocked?
2. Who do you need to forgive?
The first person that comes into your mind is the person the angels are encouraging you to forgive.” ~ Kyle Gray, Angels
Mine was…ME??! Now, out of meditation, my answer would have been different. My name wouldn’t have even made the top ten (let alone the list probably…), but, within the serenity of meditation, insight sharpens and we see things more clearly.
Our largest blocks – the blocks that obstruct us from peace and purpose – come from our thinking of, or feeling toward, a situation rather than the situation itself or anyone/thing involved.
Inevitably, we need to balance both sides of ourselves. We unharness our blocks through our passive practice, which strengthens us to follow our best “action” plan with joy, confidence, trust, and…self-love. Meditation is a surrender in the most powerful sense of the world. It is an invitation to just. let. go.
To let go of anything blocking you…especially from loving you.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~Joseph Campbell