The word 'imperfect' perfectly says 'I'm perfect'
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Perfection is (Im)Perfection
‘Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness’
I just returned from the most idyllic retreat ever. I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to some pretty gorgeous countries including Costa Rica and India, but a recent break on a near-isolated stretch of perfect golden sand in Fuerteventura proved to be perfection to me. A lapping ocean, no technology and swaying palm trees lulled my mind into silence and let my soul expand way beyond the lines of my skin. I feel I have harvested enough light to last me a few decades.
Of course, I had the opportunity to read and I’ve got another ‘favourite’ to add to a long, long list! ‘Within’ by Habib Sadeghi is without doubt one of the best books about the most important relationship we will ever encounter in our whole life; the relationship with ourselves.
I learnt so much from this book. It offers simple methods for realising the perfection in this very moment; not in a second or a few minutes or a month or a year. Not when you have achieved ‘this’ or done ‘that’ or been ‘there’. No; simply now is the most perfect moment ever. This very moment is the only moment that matters.
The imperfections you see; your looks, your yoga practice, your diet, your wealth, your health, your relationships; all of it, every single second of elation and pain; all of it is absolutely perfect. The universe has conspired to show you the way to liberation and flawlessness. The trick now is to notice the signs and to act on them; trust that your life is perfect as it is.
Everyone thinks that Yoga is an exercise to achieve a beautiful body or a state of calm. Over the years, as part of my intimate studies of this philosophy, I see more and more that it’s actually about liberation on many levels. Freeing your soul from the ego, letting go of the ‘small’ stuff to embrace the larger opportunities and making space for more light and love.
To be still, fall into and dance ceaselessly with the breath is perfection. And that state is available to us all wherever and whenever we are.
Being on vacation, time seems to stand still but Habib explains that time doesn’t stand still or speed up (!); it’s what we do with our precious time that determines how fast it seems to go. When we do nothing and let the nonsensical mind go, then we find a space of calm; time is emptier and therefore longer. Seconds seem like minutes. Less thoughts and less actions mean more space and more time. Shifting our perception changes everything.
So this month let us slow down, use less technology and make more time to be grateful for the perfection that exists in our life.
We will be writing more pieces and offering tips on this subject over the next few weeks including yogasana (posture) tips, advice on heartache and meditation to name a few. I will also be publishing a longer version of this article above. All can be found on our new Lilavati website to be launched over the next few weeks.
For now, if we don’t see you on the mat, just try to practice gratitude for each and every moment.
You and I are perfectly imperfect just as we are.
The light in me honours the light in you.