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August 15, 2009

The Wonder of New Life...

Well, it has been two weeks since the birth of our son. Time is flying by like it never has before in my life.

Naturally, my experience of time has been strongly altered by the fact that we are living on the baby's schedule. We are sleeping and waking at all times of the day and night.

It is funny because I do not feel so sleep deprived as many parents would warned me I would. I think it is helped by the fact that my schedule as a yoga practitioner and teacher was not that far off of my current schedule. I was used to sleeping for 3-4 hours a night and then napping during the day.

In fact, there is a kind of heightened awareness I feel during this time. It is almost as if I am living on a more natural rhythm than normal. It is as if we are wild animals living out in the forest, eating when hungry and sleeping when we are tired and not obeying any preconceived notions about when we should eat or sleep.

Being around this newborn baby is truly amazing. Though his body is small and fragile, his energy is very powerful and mystical. His presence and the magical quality of it fills the entire room. Just holding him in my arms, I naturally go into a state of natural meditation for hours at a time.

It is important to take these kinds of situations and really let them sink into our bones, into the core of our being. It is important to take moments such as these and not to try to understand them mentally too much and to not try to apply words and concepts to them.

In all of our lives, there are moments when the soul, the presence of true being is available more than in other times. They are windows into eternity that open inexplicably and simply defy normal attempts to explain them or describe them. It is important that we recognize these moments and simply let them in deep inside of us.

These kinds of times and moments can happen anywhere at anytime. Each of us needs to find ways to stay alert to these moments, so that we can ride the power of them when they occur. These kinds of moments can have a profound effect on our lives and can change the very fabric of the reality that we live within.

As spiritual practitioners, these kinds of moments are truly priceless. In many ways, it is the recognition of these moments that is the basis for the deepest kind of spiritual life.

The birth of a new child is certainly one of these kinds of opportunities.

As I sit quietly by the window, holding this newborn child in my arms, staring into his blue-grey eyes, I have no doubt that I am looking into the face of Eternity itself.

Hari OM!

Govinda

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