Yoga, it seems to me, can be summed up as the practice of this’ness. Enjoying this breath. Loving this person. Witnessing this moment. Caring for this world. Cherishing this body. Drinking in this scenery. Giving our all to this task. Listening well to this word. Savoring this food. Fully feeling this emotion or sensation … especially ones we prefer to avoid. Yoga is the radical embrace, presence, working with, experience, and Love of THIS.
Some of the core principles we practice in yoga are nonviolence, non-attachment, self-study, healthy living, contentment, and devotion to the Source of this. The more we operate from a place of Loving unity with ourselves and others, without expecting life or people to do what we want, while curiously learning about ourselves so as to heal, transform, and thrive, all with a golden thread of awe and joyousness over how fabulously fantastic it is to be alive in this magical world, the more we feel in our bones what mystics throughout the ages have realized: All is well and all will be well!
For the last week or so I’ve been living with the mantra of “this” like a whispered metronome beat in my head, and it’s brought all sorts of calm, clarity, and confidence not only during my regular life, but also amidst some really frustrating and stressful stuff. So, I invite you to join me in living, breathing, being, and Loving to the rhythm of “this”.
(I found the above pic of me today from the ’90s and thought I’d share it’s goofy joyousness!)
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