Aho there, Mitakuye Oyasin!
“Mitakuye Oyasin” comes from the Lakota Indians and means: “All are related”. A simple but profound statement saying that everything is interconnected.
For some time now i am into native American sweatlodges as i find them very beneficial. But what has that got to do with interconnectedness or Yoga you might ask? Well, a lot!
Yoga and sweatlodges have much in common; both purify the body and make it strong, Both bring you in tune with your body and both help you to discover what’s really alive in you.
So? That sounds nice but, so what? Well the cool thing is that when you do Yoga and or attend sweatlodges, after a while you start experiencing yourself, that everything is interconnected. You realize that yes, with my mind i influencce my body in just a fraction of a second. Yes, it is possible to open my heart and be in pure unconditional love. Yes, when i feel that everything is interconnected i feel so much joy.
My first true opening of the heart
The first time my heart opened wide was just over 6 months ago. I was lying in bed next to my girlfriend and the area in my chest felt rather uncomfortable. I felt restless but shortly after, my heart just opened wide in love. I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness and i could not believe this was actually happening. This experience stayed with me for three whole days!
In this state of being i could clearly see how everything is interconnected. I could see, feel and understand that everything which is happening is just right the way it goes. That there is no good or bad, there is just stuff happening which is moving you towards harmony or moving towards suffering. And the suffering is there to show you that this is not the way.
I felt an immense grattitude for i have done so many shitty things in my life. And yet, life is so rich and so complete that i am still able to feel so much love. I felt like crying…
It has been my first and last true complete opening of the heart. I’ve had a few more after that but none of them have been so overwhelming and strong. I know now that there are actions you can take in life that will move you towards harmony and openness and there are actions you can take that will close you down and make you numb.
What kind of actions are you taking in your life right now? Are you moving towards interconnectedness or are you closing down? What would it take for you to open up?