Excellence Reporter: Nubia, what is the meaning of life?
Nubia Teixeira: The meaning of life to me is to love.
Learning how to love fully is a big part of our journey as humans. Learning how to love can become our whole spiritual path, and although all that you need for that practice is already inside, it’s not so easy to surrender to that power within oneself. The deeper you walk into its inner sanctum’s light, the more blind you feel.
How “loving” manifests in this physical reality it is not black or white, it is not conventional, it doesn’t follow a specific tradition, it doesn’t belong to one person’s point of view. Loving is unconditional, universal and all-embracing. Love (and loving) has so many different facets, cultures, creeds, and colors and it reflects a wide spectrum of existence. The exercise of loving starts with “learning to love oneself fully”. This might be a lifetime voyage, with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns.
When graduating in the skill of loving oneself, one must upgrade to a whole other level of challenge: “learning how to love another (and others) fully”, without restrictions, blaming, comparing or judging – unconditionally loving others as you deepen in your relationships and accept the beautiful uniqueness of all beings.
This might grant to a sincere practitioner a “master’s degree” in loving, and that knowledge might propel a devotee to embark on a worldwide study of “learning how to love all and see all as spiritual beings in material bodies”.
Ultimately, learning to love and take care of this benevolent planet is one of the main needs of our time and age. When we, through the eyes of love, can perceive our physical body and the body of the Earth as one, love and caring will take on a new meaning. Everyone will find, in their own way, and in their own time, a riverine stream that will guide them as individuals to the big ocean of Oneness.
I have found that, for me, the path of Bhakti Yoga has given me tools to channel all my feelings, emotions and challenges towards the ONE BIG HEART that BIG BANGS me down to my knees over and over again, bowing to the sacredness in my heart and to the sacredness of life.
Om Love Om
~Nubia Teixeira, author, yogini, teacher trainer, and Odissi dancer, Nubia has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga for almost 30 years. Perceiving yoga as a healing art, Nubia’s refinement and unique style overflows with sacred meaning and heartfelt inspiration. Nubia leads workshops, teacher trainings and retreats locally and around the world. She is the author of the book “Yoga and the Art of Mudras, by Mandala Publishing (2019) and of the instructional CD: Pranayama; May our Breath be our Prayer, by Sounds True (2005). Nubia teaches locally in Marin, California and world wide with her husband Jai Uttal.
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