It’s the end of the world as we know it, does your Mula Bandha feel fine?

Tick, tick, tick…

Mayan calendar, via

That annoying sound you hear every now and then, probably in the stillness of the night or perhaps one that pulls your gaze away from your dristi during practice?

It’s the countdown to the end of the world, per the Mayan Calendar.

Or not. Depending on where you are, it might be the motor in your fridge or a fan in the business next door to your yoga studio.

Either way, leave it to Tim Miller to put a perspective on the Mayan apocalypse craziness that I can endorse. He does so in this week’s Tuesday with Timji:

So what will happen on December 21st 2012? The whole point is that we are now in a position in which we can act as co-creators of our destiny–whatever outcome awaits us, is largely dependent on our inspired and loving efforts. Will it be the beginning of the much anticipated and much pooh-poohed “Golden Age” of Universal Love? I much prefer to look at it this way. Just recently, in my own life, I’ve been having many experiences involving the opportunity to work together with others on some kind of amazing project. What is really interesting is that we all seem more open to surrendering our egos and points of view in the desire to put Yoga out there in the world as the perfect discipline to deal with the current acceleration of the evolutionary process. For those who have been practicing for a while, this is the time we’ve been training for, and helping others prepare for.

There’s a solid description of how we built up to this moment, so you ought to read his whole post. And he makes a better Mula Bandha joke than I do here.

As Bobbie and I continue our reading / learning for our December Yatra — which, it occurs to me, might begin on Dec. 21, so we’re either going to be perfectly situated for what comes or have wasted a lot of time learning stuff we never get to follow up on — the role of the human imagination, of our being “co-creators in our destiny,” in much Hindu ritual and philosophy is coming through and resonating. The very notion of Darshan involves an outreach of human imagination — the act of seeing the god in concrete form before you. (As with much Hindu beliefs, there is a counter-point, too, from which unity or progression or something comes: the god also is looking at you. A meeting of the minds, if you will. Whether that ultimately is a reflection of what William Blake suggested, the all gods reside in the human breast, is another line of thinking for us, given our backgrounds.)

Will having a loving attitude in these coming months ensure our progress into a Golden Age? Well, not if you are awaiting for the end of the Kali Yuga, I suppose. But it couldn’t hurt, right?

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