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Begin Again

"Life is Difficult" reads the first line of Scott Peck's book "The Road Less Traveled."  In 1991, a friend and mentor gifted me Peck's book.  I was 20 years old.  I thought I had been through hell already, and to read those words "Life is difficult" I recall thinking "Geezus, does it (life) get easier?".  

But before reading Peck's book, Herman Heese's book Siddartha would also have a profound impression on my life, in high school no less. 

Several quotes from Siddartha resonated with me: 

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.”
"He looked around, as if he was seeing the world for the first time. Beautiful was the world, colorful was the world, strange and mysterious was the world! Here was blue, here was yellow, here was green, the sky and the river flowed, the forest and the mountains were rigid, all of it was beautiful, all of it was mysterious and magical, and in its midst was he, Siddhartha, the awakening one, on the path to himself.”

Unboxing, unwinding, questioning, beginning my story again as if it were the first time, a clean slate if you will, was as necessary today, as it was back in 1988.  Life had been difficult, but many of my experiences had the potential to soften my soul and bring me closer to peace and love. 

You see, we are not our experiences.  We are not the injustices we have experienced.  We most certainly are not what other people have said to us, behind our back, or thought about us.   These things don't define us because in our soul, we are incredible human beings.

How did I arrive to this conclusion? The conclusion that we are not our experiences? Practicing yoga, meditation, and examining my story, the one others have told about me, and the one I've told myself for nearly 50 years. 

Yoga provides a space for exploration, examination, inquiry,  a conversation, a safe place to explore who you are, where you've been, and the truth about yourself thru breathing, meditation, and asana (postures).  

Tracee Stanley shared a great example of the yoga journey, which I retold in this video.*

The truth is, you are a beautiful human being.  You have a soul that is incredibly brilliant.  You are pure love.  You can let go of the negative baggage, narratives, and stories you've been carrying with you to live freely, vibrantly, lovingly, and compassionately.

“Ignore the story and see the soul. And remember to love. You will never regret it.”
― Seane Corn, Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action 

According to the Bhagavad Gita Yoga is the following:

  1. Clear, discerning, totally voluntary, dynamic participation in one’s life.
  2. Everlasting, primal, revealing, the archetypal light and fueled by love.
  3. Sacrifice that elevates us, motivates us, informs us, actively engages us and does so in a manner that is harmonious to all other living beings.
  4. Selfless, cleansing, freeing, balancing, inspiring, and joyfully performed actions based on a vision in which one experiences peaceful interconnectedness with all life around them.
  5. Nourished in the company of other yoga practitioners, by offerings of love, and the understandings they give rise to.
  6. Heightened sensitivity and awareness of all life around us and within us, and an outpour of love in reciprocation with life’s wonder and beauty.
  7. Fearless, illuminating, and a journey that does not end with death.
  8. Vision that excludes nothing from its practice.
  9. Intimate connection with the whole universe, with eternal realms even beyond the manifested universe, and with our own being’s endless capacity to love.
  10. Pure, determined force that moves us toward the mysterious and secret, and connects us with the wonderfulness of existence, of being and of all life.

For further explanation click here. 

You are invited to The Sweet Spot to take a step on your yoga journey, in a safe, nurturing, and forgiving space.  

Feel free to reach out should you wish to share your yoga experience or story, or would like more information about The Sweet Spot. 

** Video Production credit to Kelly Cleaver.