There is an old Hindu spiritual teaching called “The Snake and the Rope.” As the tale goes, a man walks into a dark room and sees something coiled on the floor. In a gut reaction he mistakes a coiled rope to be a coiled snake. When he collects his frantic energy enough to turn on the lights and the darkness vanishes, what is illuminated is the true nature of the object. This analogy for mistaken identities and meanings is as applicable on your yoga mat as it is in your life.
Dear Arielle and Brian,
My fiancé and I were together for five years. I thought he was my soul mate and we were planning to get married. But last month he told me that he’s in love with someone else even though he says he still loves me. I can’t accept the fact that he has been unfaithful and claims to love another. I feel so devastated and shocked because I always felt that he’s the One for me.
What can I do to overcome my emotions and obsession with him?
In these extraordinary times, some are enduring greater challenges than ever before — yet others are experiencing awe-inspiring spiritual awakenings. The news tells us that our culture is in a crisis mode, yet spiritual teachers describe this as a transformative moment in time. The question is, Through what lens are you viewing life and the world around you?