Michael Rossato-Bennett lives in NYC. He is a householder with a wife, two beautiful children and two dogs. He has accepted the challenge to become Enlightened in one year. Will he succeed?

A conversation: Is Hari a good Teacher? from Michael Rossato-Bennett on Vimeo.


Day 263- love

In all my yoga and meditation the thing facing me- front and center- always is my heart.

I do not even know what happened to me.  I wish I could show you my chest.  Whatever happened when I was young, and whatever I did with it- left me with a sunken chest.

What a metaphor, a sunken chest….

Is it any wonder we use the word treasure chest?  Inside, what the Yogi’s call the prison of the ribcage, there lies our mysterious heart.

Inside the Chest

You know for me this whole journey of Enlightenment is really about bringing out this sunken chest, bringing up my treasure, my heart…   I guess I am lucky in that regard.  If I succeed in this small task, this whole year will have been more than worthwhile.

My chest for me is a perfect illustration of all I am trying to do.  Through the physical I am trying to enter the infinite,  I am trying to open the channels of my perception and the container of my being.

I looked at my chest yesterday.  After all the work I have been doing, I was expecting to be surprised, expecting my sunken chest to be full, but it was not to be.  I still have so far to go.  If I fail at this and Enlightenment that will suck, but if I succeed in this alone I will celebrate to the high hills!

Have you ever felt invisible?

My teacher told us yesterday that if you want people to react to you, to feel you, even if you whisper, you need to own your navel point, your heart and your aura.

This is so freeing for me.  It makes sense.  How can you change anything if your energetic body, if your subtle body, is not strong and alive?  This is why it is so important to have endurance and caliber.  Who cares what you think if your spirit is blocked and living in a little box, how can anything change!

This whole journey for me, is about my chest, opening up my capacity to love.  If I am not so good at it it is understandable, my chest is living beneath a great weight.

Fear and courage seem to be related.  Every Time I do something that is not courageous it is because I am afraid, and every time I get afraid I do something that is not courageous.  I am starting to see how depression, negative thoughts, habitual thoughts, all the things that throw you into your mind, I am starting to see how they are all related to safety, and safety is related to courage.  I have spent a whole lifetime succumbing to non-courageous things.

This all comes back to trustworthiness.  What makes someone trustworthy? If they want what we want they are trustworthy.

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