"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation."
- Lin Yutang
Withdrawal of the senses. In yoga this is called Pratyahara. This is a space of internal stability and a deepened awareness of self.
I always know it. It's when I outwardly expel energy for too long, in too many directions, in too many spaces. I lose pieces. Not in the sense that they're gone forever - these days there is an awareness attached to this "slipping of self" that quietly reminds me, it's time to draw in.
It's taken years of contemplation and personal reflection to cultivate this awareness, today I'm grateful for the safe space it offers. It's an awareness that something doesn't feel at home internally. The depth of my soul is stumbling over blocks that are withholding fulfillment. It's a call for realignment.
It's funny, how clearing space in our "go, go, go" worlds uncovers a intuitive simplicity. The path to "what's next" is tangible because with self-awareness, we've recalibrated ourselves with the things we already know. We've guided ourselves exactly, where we're meant to be.