Abide in the heart…

Yesterday afternoon I lay on the roof in the sun.
I lay there for an hour or so feeling the sun on my body and the feel of the cool hard tiles supporting me…

In the morning I had set off for a run, but the run didn’t happen…

Instead I walked on the firm wet sand to the shore, and then stood with the water lapping over my feet, watching the surfers further out catch a wave while it was big, travelling swiftly to the shore… By the time it reached me it was just a small movement of swirling sparkling joy.

Then I had a thought that I might run in the sand dunes, but instead, on reaching them I lay down on the sand in one of the little alcoves made of stones…

They are everywhere on the edge of Famara beach, places to lie in the sun and escape the lively wind, which whips about playfully making its presence known on this island…

A stream of sportspeople come here, to cycle and run with the winds dance, knowing that this game is all part of the experience here…

but yesterday I lay out of the wind on the sand in the sun, and enjoyed my lying down running meditation.

I thought my body might feel more like a run in the afternoon, but instead I found myself making myself to the sunny roof top and lying down again…

A lying down day…

I love the part in the film ‘Gregory’s girl’ where the couple are lying down together under a tree and they do ‘lying down dancing’…

Since watching that film many years ago, I have often engaged with lying down dancing and car dancing and sitting down dancing…

It can be fun to conduct life lying and sitting down.

I have tended through the years to be more of a sitting down ‘philosophical being’, than a ‘doing being’. I love café philosphique… I love watching plays and musicals at the theatre, and I love just being in places watching the theatre of life…

This might sound a contradiction to a lifetime of running.

But my running has always been a place of investigation for me, a place of finding out how to be still in the step, to watch the theatre of life on the move… To explore the true creativity which emerges from us, whatever that might be, without any attachment to an outcome.

This doesn’t mean not practising and practising, committing to whatever is needed to allow the music within us it’s soaring heights… But it is offering it, rather than producing it with the hope of adulation, fame, adoration….

Our job is to nurture and grow our creative energy, and witness what unfolds. If the mind gets in the way deciding an outcome ahead, then tension can arise…

This doesn’t mean not having a goal or a destination in mind, but it is being willing to hold the dream lightly, and be open to a different route entirely emerging….

This way we will be at peace with whatever happens… If our creative expression becomes know by the whole globe or by just a few, our practise will be at peace.
It is simply surrendering our gifts to the divine as spoken by Ramana – I like these words very much :

“Place your burden
at the feet of the Lord of the Universe
who accomplishes everything.
Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,
in the Transcendental Absolute.
God knows the past, present and future.
He will determine the future for you
and accomplish the work.
What is to be done will be done
at the proper time. Don’t worry.
Abide in the heart and surrender your acts
to the divine.”

Ramana Maharshi

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