Humility and devotion are two aspects of Hanuman that were called to me this past week in ceremony. Devotion is a word that I was allergic to for many decades. Devotion is the crucial ingredient that was missing from my practice. It’s a tricky concept, and I viewed it as disempowering for most of my life. I was wrong.
“Devotion” comes from the Latin word “devotio,” which means a consecration or dedication to a divine being or cause. Devotion can take many forms, such as prayer, meditation, rituals, acts of service, and the study of sacred texts.
Devotion ignited by the heart is rooted in humility. As humility wraps its beautiful tentacles around us, we realize we serve a divine power. There is nothing to gain in devotion. Devotion is an act of selflessness.
Hanuman’s story is a tale of remembrance, a wake-up call to our fearless hearts, and an invitation to devotion and humility. Hanuman invites us to get ordinary, simplify, get real, stay humble, and leap with everything into the divine void of the unknown.
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