My favorite definition of reverence comes from Gary Zukav who defines it as this:
“Reverence is engaging in a form and a depth of contact with Life that is well beyond the shell of hte form and into the essence. Reverence is contact with the essence of each thing, person, plan, bird, and animal. It is contact with the interior of its beingness.
Reverence is an attitude of honoring Life. It is simply the experience of accepting that all Life is of value; in and of itself.”
I’m toying with this idea of seeing beyond sight to the interior of life: To the interior of myself, to the interior of you, to the interior of relationships, to the interior of experience. To dwell in connection with the essence versus form. To experience by feeling versus thinking.
When we roll out our mat, we stand before a great opportunity to draw in the interior. To move beyond habit and lean in towards the richness of reverence.
The rubber on the reverence road is engaging in the essence of what haunts or challenges us. Maybe the “form” of that is a person or situation (and within both a belief we hold). And if the only life we can course select is our own, then what does reverence look like in these sticky spots?
For me, I believe that our individual creation alone speaks to our divinity at the seat of our being. Whether our life’s actions mirror that divinity is our choice; however, I live with the belief that within everyone, regardless of noise, abides divinity as essence. And so, can I see it when the conversation is twisted? Can I see it when I feel mistreated or underappreciated? Can I dwell in the interior of a person versus poking at their exterior with my frustrated thoughts?
I roll out my mat for many reasons. And this is one. To learn to choose better in every moment so that more moments are spent in reverence.