By Bhavanjot Kaur
I was doing my morning walk recently at a beautiful beach that has a path surrounded by lush greenery overlooking the water in Madison, Connecticut.
A small bunny hopped out from the bushes in front of me and caught me by surprise. I thought the bunny might be equally surprised by me, but she was not, and she did not hop away quickly as I expected. Instead, we made eye contact and the bunny stood nearby and took tiny little hops almost guiding me down the path, stopping once in a while to look back at me. It was one of those magical moments when you feel connected and guided by nature—a connection far deeper than our minds will often allow—that confirms there is a higher power always working with us on the path.
As I neared the middle of the trail the bunny stopped and with one swift and graceful hop, the bunny disappeared into the bushes and out of my sight. I was grateful for the experience for many reasons, but mostly for the message of rebirth that the bunny symbolizes. Just a short time prior to my visit from the bunny, a bird crashed into my car windshield and died instantly. I associate death with the end of one cycle and the beginning of something new and so with this experience on my walk, I believe I was given the subtle message of imminent reawakening and renewed vision.
After my walk that day in Madison, I went off to take my morning yoga class and we were practicing Surya Namaskara, or Sun Salutations, as part of our heated flow. There is great strength in connecting with the nature and energy of the sun. It awakens the sun center within our own being—the third chakra—the solar plexus radiating the golden nectar. This is our power center. Like the sun warms the earth, this chakra generates heat and power behind our vision, which ignites manifestation.
As I moved from triangle, or downward dog, to the front of my mat I was guided by the teacher to tiptoe, step, or hop to the front of the mat. As I tip-toed to the front of my mat, I thought of the bunny from that morning that could have hopped away, but instead took the time to be with me on my walk and give me a message. It made me think that we all get from the back of our yoga mat to the front of our yoga mat in Sun Salutations, just like we all have a beginning to our lives and an end to our lives, but that is what we do in-between is our choice. We are the only ones who know what we want—our deepest dreams, our greatest vision for our lives—and this is deeply personal and our very unique connection to nature, the Universe, and God.
As each breath goes in and each breath goes out, we have the opportunity and the choice to let the old vision die and create space for the new vision to be born into manifestation. We can do this countless times within one lifetime, shedding so many versions of ourselves and releasing so many layers that no longer serve us, and surrendering again and again to our true path that calls to us. We fine-tune our vision as we align with our Dharma and we are guided by nature, the Universe, and God.
Just as we lie in Savasana, or corpse pose, at the end of a class, the old vision dies right there on the mat. We turn to our side in the fetal position to allow the new vision to prepare to be born and then we rise to our new beginning, our renewed vision.
I was driving down the road recently and a beautiful deer jumped in front of my moving car and I pressed down on the breaks just in time to watch her confidently and delicately make her way to the other side of the road. Her movements were so graceful and her presence was so powerful that I was left in a deep state of calm. My daughter, who was in the back seat, was equally composed and in admiration of the deer and her swiftness and magnificence. The deer is a symbol of love, peace, grace and regrowth. I nodded my head in gratitude for her timely presence.
Bhavanjot Kaur is the owner and founder of Hamsa Healing Arts located in Centerbrook, CT. Bhavanjot is a Kundalini yoga teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. Bhavanjot is a Reiki Master practitioner and Teacher, Craniosacral therapy practitioner, Raindrop therapy massage practitioner and she also offers sound therapy with a 32" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Bhavanjot is a consultant for essential oils, medicinal mushrooms and CBD oil. She is mother to a delightful six-year-old little girl who overcame a rare childhood kidney cancer, which inspires her work with Lucy's Love Bus and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.