Shiva symbolizes a part of our consciousness that is always awake, always here. He is pure presence.

Without the recognition of our Shiva consciousness, we are in the material experience—but we are in it asleep. Without presence, there is no possibility to do our inner yoga; there is no possibility of choice. There is a sense that “life is happening to me and I’m a victim of it; I have to do what everybody else says. I have to make my life about proving something.” Presence opens this great space and possibility of choice. Presence is freedom.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

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