Happy October and welcome to chapter 2 of the Gita!
This month, I decided I want to share some thoughts on parts of the chapter that I find inspiring in my everyday life. I hope that in them you, too, will find a treasure that can help lift you up above the day to day and see a bigger picture– and see your spirit’s place in it.
Learn to listen to your Inner Teacher
The second chapter is called The Way of Discernment. Just like in chapter one, the lesson we are being taught is presented right in the first words!
Discern: transitive verb
1: to recognize or identify as separate and distinct
“Learn to discern,” Krishna say to Arjuna. Discern the real from the false and then you shall have peace. A simple enough idea but oh so hard in practice.
What does it mean to discern in our everyday lives?
For me it means being mindful in as many choices as I can, from the tiny (like which dish soap to use) to the huge (like what I will do with my life). But mindful of what?
Well, mindful that the choices I am making “ping.”
Ping is the word I have come to use to describe the sensation in my body that lets me know that the choice I am making is in line with my Inner Teacher.
After many years of yoga practice and self study, I have a relatively clear sense within my body when I am making a choice in line with spirit or not. And to me it feels like a “ping” in my solar plexus. When I am making a choice that is not in line with spirit, it feels like a hollow thump in my gut.
Do you have an experience like that? If so, this is a great month to focus on listening and strengthening the response to the ping 😉 If not, perhaps this is a great month to begin to listen. Journaling about past decisions that you were proud of and maybe not so proud of may be a way to uncover where your ping lies.