The village walk deepened an appreciation for a simple life. The road serves as a footpath, the means for bicycles, motorbikes, carts filled with deliveries and a surface to dry harvested grains and grasses in the sun. The shops on the right sell essential goods for everyday life. In the background, the day’s laundry hangs in the sun.
This walk through the village reminds me to be in this moment of life. It is enough. When I strip away the distractions of complexity and desire, space and fullness co-exist. There is room to feel life’s blessings and be in gratitude to exist in this moment. Grace is alive and brings renewal as I appreciate the gifts of connection and separateness. Each part of my breath sustains me. I breathe in naturally and it is exactly the right amount. Then after a slight pause, I exhale and release without effort. I pause and begin the cycle again.
The first pause lets me know —I am full and enough.
The second pause lets me know— I am empty and enough.
Space and fullness co-exist.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas regarding a universal consciousness that is often hidden beneath the surface of our ego consciousness. He encourages clinicians to appreciate the collective in order to assist clients become more of themselves.
Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His books include The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Crossing the Healing Zone , Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path and Path to the Soul. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. He leads the annual “A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation. His publications and upcoming programs may be previewed at www.pathtotheosul.com
In a village, the simple daily life is tuned not only to the contemporary but the timeless, ancient rhythm of life. Life is tuned into its’ core essentials. Things are managed the old way. The modern life merges with the archetypal algorithms of the culture. The sacred and the simple coexist in a seamless continuum. The profound and the profane live in peace. As Mahatma Gandhi often remarked, “Simple living and high thinking”. When our current life gets split from its ancient archetypal soil, this split causes a disruption in our consciousness. It is as if a tree is divorced from its roots. Eventually, such a tree would fail to thrive. We must return symbolically to our village origins in our daily life by creating the “Temenos”, the sacred space for simple life, solitude, studio time, self-reflection, meditation, journaling, prayer and inner work. When outer life is balanced with attention to inner whispers, we live out of our wholeness and our lives are enriched by the timeless wisdom of our civilizations and those great ones who humbly walked the sands of these lands and left the footprints of their accumulated wisdom in our cellular memory to guide us a GPS in our treacherous journey on this fragile planet at this tumultuous point in time.