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Principle-Based Partner Yoga with Elysabeth Williamson - Video interview

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Hunger and Fulfillment by Elysabeth Williamson



Each time I sit down to write I ask myself what is really alive in me? Right now what is alive is hunger – especially the question, what is it that I am truly hunger for?

Most of us relate to hunger as the stomach sensations we experience when it is time to eat. But hunger is both a noun and a verb and something that runs deep in us.

I know from my own experience that physical hunger comes in waves, even without being fed, hunger comes and goes. Hunger sensations, like everything in life, is impermanent. Hunger can even, when felt directly, satisfy itself. But that is another other discussion.

What I am most curious about is the different types of hunger and longing we experience – and how this hunger translates into desires that can change the course of our lives. Some of our desires are simple and easily fulfilled, while others may take a lifetime and a sincere commitment before we live into their fulfillment.

For me these words are interchangeable – hunger / longing / desire. The meaning they hold is a rich and vital part of our human experience. We feel hunger for so many things besides physical sustanance; for touch, warmth, inspiration, knowledge, understanding. Carl Jung believed the root cause of addiction is our hunger for transcendence.

Perhaps our deepest hunger and longing is for connection, to feel ourselves in the words of poet Mary Oliver ‘ a part of the family of things.’ This longing to overcome our sense of separation and experience connection (or in Yogic terms, union) is different for each of us. We may feel most connected in relation to humans, or animals, to Nature, or to the cosmos at large. We each travel a unique path to our Soul’s fulfillment.

Sometimes we feel helpless to fulfill our deeper hunger, or even to know what we are really hungry for. And so we sublimate our deep desire and distract ourselves from the discomfort it causes. This is when we most need to feed ourselves, and trust how ‘the world offers itself to our imagination‘- including the still place in our own hearts.

For me it is clear that I find the deepest satisfaction of my longing for connection through Partner Yoga, through sharing it with others and having it deeply received. It is through Partner Yoga that I feel my wholeness, and the sense of separation that can feel so painful, dissolves.

There is so much to learn and receive from our hunger, longing and desires, especially when we are willing to face and feel what it is that will truly satisfy us. When we simply stop long enough to ask ourselves, what is it that I am truly hungry for?

Elysabeth is teaching Partner Yoga Workshops at All That Matters on August 22 and 23. 
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(originally published on Elysabeth's blog at partneryoga.net)

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