I’m reading an awesome book called Meditations from the Mat. It’s a ‘daily reader’ based on the yoga sutras. Fascinating and stunning how often it perfectly aligns with what I’m thinking and feeling.
Today’s topic began with this line from a poem by 14th century poet Hafez.
“What is the key to untie the knot of your mind’s sufferings?
Act great. My dear, always act great”
Act great – whether I’m energetic or tired
Act great – whether I’m sick or well
Act great – whether I’m upbeat or depressed.
Just do what needs to be done every day.
I’m convinced that my emotional health is made up of muscles just like the physical ones. When I reflect on how I've earned my muscles, it's pretty basic. I work out consistently, even when I'm tired, even when I'm overwhelmed, even when I just don't want to. Now when there's an injury, that's a different story. On those days, I take it a bit easy and respect my body.
In the very same way, my spirit and heart need to be exercised and made stronger also. When my day gets off track with my plans not going the way I want, that's the time to buckle down and 'be great' and not come unglued. (Oh wow...so easy to say, so hard to do. We all want perfection, all the time.) But maybe the key is to make a choice to be consistent and choose to be even-keeled, even when it's hard.
Sometimes though, things are just going to legitimately rock my world. That's when I need to step back for restorative time - with books, music, and food that uplifts and heals. In other words, respect my heart.
And what is the reward? The 'untieing of my mind's suffering.' Relaxation. Acceptance. Peace.
What more could anyone want?
Thoughts to take with me today: Work those emotional muscles too; act great, be great.