Playfulness, Fear, and Parenting—the Pandemic Version
Shambhavi talks about how the shelter-in-place can cause stagnation in our subtle channels, how fear can wake us up, and how to talk to children about the pandemic. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
Shambhavi: So we’re in our second week of satsang everyday [after the shelter-in-place orders started in March 2020]. And just to remind everyone satsang means being in reality together. So satsang is a vehicle for just relaxing and feeling more of your real nature. That’s what we’re doing here. If anybody has something you’d like me to talk about, please let me know.
Student: I wonder if you’d talk about playfulness. I was just listening to this wonderful talk with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and he said this thing that really struck me. He said that playfulness is a result of confidence in the self. And, you know, you can’t fake that. You can’t just fake being playful.
Shambhavi: So even though you can’t fake having confidence in the self, and becoming playful as a result, the way that you become confident in the self is by perceiving the self. And when you perceive the self directly—meaning that subjectivity that is ubiquitous—then you also perceive its playfulness. And you perceive that everything is fine. You perceive that it’s your real nature.
So there’s no such thing as perceiving the nature of reality without recognizing that it’s also what you are.