Cancer The Crab
Going Home by Thich Nhat Hahn
“When you practice walking meditation, walk in such a way that you recognize your home, in the here and the now. See the trees as your home, the air as your home, the blue sky as your home, and the earth that you tread as your home. This can only be done in the here and now.”
From: “Going Home” by Thich Nhat Hahn
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One of the Cancer themes is "Home". Where is "Home" for you? What is it that helps you to feel at home? What are your ingredients for a happy home?
Home can be the four walls that make up your house; home can also be a beautiful landscape, a well trodden path, the riverside, a walk through the woods. How do we use our yoga practice to bring about that sense of feeling "at home"?
Peace is the walk.
Happiness is the walk.
Walk for yourself
And you walk for everyone.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Welcoming Path
The empty path welcomes you,
fragrant with grass and little flowers,
the path paved with paddy fields
still bearing the marks of your childhood
and the fragrance of mother’s hand.
Walk leisurely, peacefully.
Your feet touch the Earth deeply.
Don’t let your thoughts carry you away,
Come back to the path every moment.
The path is your dear friend.
She will transmit to you
and her peace.
The Long Road Turns To Joy, Thich Nhat Hahn
The Private, the Hidden.....
We must reserve a back shop all
Our own, entirely free, in which to
Establish our real liberty and our
principle retreat and solitude.
-Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
“- The body is the mirror of the soul,” Jesus answered me; “- The woman who constantly looks in the mirror is searching for something that she cannot see, for the secret essence of herself that is hidden from her eyes. This essence is the pearl. The pearl lies concealed under a skirt of shell, that in turn lies buried in the depths of the sea. The kingdom of heaven is like a pearl, which is hidden in each of you, and which you must seek and find. Then will the resurrection arrive.”
Michelle Roberts “The Wild Girl”
The Crabs Nip....
If we start idealizing the themes of the star sign cancer, then the crabs nip brings us back to reality. We may have an idealized image of mothers and at the same time find our own mother impossible. How do we bring kindness and understanding into our relationships with our real life mother, or mother-in-law, who like us is human, and not an ideal? If you are a mother, can you be true to the mother that you actually are? -rather than the ideal mother that society and religion project on to you; and being true to yourself have a more loving and genuine relationship with your own children.
Likewise with the theme of home. In our minds, maybe we carry an ideal home image, and strive to create the perfect home that we have seen on TV. The French have a saying: "Beau dans son peau" or comfortable in your own skin. When we learn to come home to ourselves, and to be comfortable in our own skin, then we will truly feel at home.
The crabs nip helps us to look in the face those parts of ourselves that we'd rather keep private and hidden. Our spiritual practice can help us to embrace the parts of ourselves that we would rather push away, or sweep under the carpet. Within all these difficulties also lies our treasure. The alchemy of patience, kindness, and compassion for our humanity, turns these difficulties into gold. So although the crabs nip may seem "negative" it can be a reminder for us to let go of our ideals, and to embrace our lives as they are now, with all their imperfection and exquisite beauty. When that happens we will truly come home to ourselves.