Easter Means a Whole Lot

Guiding Theme | Issue #96

Dear Yoga Community,

What is meaningful about this holy day? Gratefully, there is a whole lot.

My initial response to this question was a feeling of excitement and celebration. My family and I have been noticing the grass slowly growing greener, daffodils in bloom, trees budding and birds singing. This invigorating energy is part of Tantra, a branch of yoga which invites us to notice how the wellbeing of our physical and energetic body contributes to our overall state of balance, wholeness and peace.

Also part of this Tantra branch of yoga is the energy around us, in nature and the cosmos. As we enter the last quarter of the moon, on its way towards a new moon, we have what is often considered a challenging yet rewarding period in which we are supported to focus and take action, but then let go. To release and forgive and to let the universe take over and run its course. In contrast to my Spring excitement which feels like an inhale, this waning moon energy reflects the exhale.

These cycles, or opposites of inhale and exhale, are further supported by the symbols of Easter. The rabbit is known for its fertility and reminds us to honor the cycles in our life. With keen ears and the superpower of stillness, it represents a listening for the wisdom within the ups and downs of our human experience.

The egg represents the unmanifest potential--the empty void, the Creator itself. On the opposite end it represents the manifested life to come. It can remind us of the great Oneness we come from and constantly seek, as well as the unique expression of our individuated life on earth.

In Christianity, the egg symbolizes the emergence of Jesus from the tomb, his resurrection or ability to rise above the polarities of life and death. In his earthly life, his teachings reflected the light of holy connection over the darkness that occurs when we forget our divinity.

In all of these symbols we are invited to hold and embrace the opposites within ourselves, others and all of life. Yoga calls this pratipaksa bhavana (practice the opposite). If we are feeling fear for example, we can practice courage or faith. It's not about denying or suppressing the fear, but seeing it in the context of the whole, along with its opposite. With a witness consciousness we transcend division within ourselves and the world, much like Jesus transcended life and death. The end result is a power greater than the sum of its parts, the everlasting spiritual life.

That's a whole lot.

What is most meaningful to you at Easter?

With Great Love, Julie

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