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I Can Learn Something

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I can feel the pressure building inside of me,
pressure to get things done, get things organized,
be better, do more, know more,
pressure to have a plan,
pressure to answer others’ questions…
It’s the dark time of the year,
and the darkness is bringing me down.
I don’t want this pressure.
I want to hide.
God, help me change my mind.
Help me welcome the pressure.
Let me see this discomfort as a yoga posture
life has given me to master.
If I can breathe through it,
I can learn something from it.

Breathe and Remember

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Waiting.
Waiting to hear back about the interview.
They told me the end of next week.
Today was the end of the week.
Nothing. No word.
No email. No phone call.
I was really good at practicing detachment
all week long…
until this morning arrived.
Then I kept checking my phone
every few minutes.
Luckily I taught yoga twice
and saw a coaching client.
Thank God I had work to keep me busy.
How do I practice detachment here?
Oh. That’s right.
I breathe and remind myself
I have no control here.
I breathe and remind myself
I will be fine either way.
I breathe and remind myself
Everything in my life
is an  opportunity to awaken.
I breathe and remember to be grateful.

Your Job

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It is hopeless
trying to keep everything as it is–
the nice warm weather
the sunshine
every person in your life
your clean car…
It all changes,
so clinging to one form
will only cause pain
as it withers and fades
and disintegrates
and slips from your grasp.
But this doesn’t mean
that we reject life either,
letting nothing in
so that there is nothing to lose.
No, we can make room for it all.
The joy and the grief
the pain and the pleasure
the sunshine and the rain.
Your job isn’t to create
a perfect cookie cutter life
and then spend all of your time
keeping it perfect–
your job is to breathe deeply
and make space for whatever
happens.

The Portal to Your True Self

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Anything that happens
can be used as a means for awakening.
This moment offers you all you need
to take a step forward toward
the clarity you seek.
So, you are depressed?
You are angry?
You feel defeated?
You want to give up?
Breathe it in.
Whatever you are feeling,
make space for it,
breathe it in.
No need to place blame,
to point fingers,
to let someone else be responsible
for your present experience.
Own it.
Breathe it in.
Feel it.
And then…
Breathe out…
peace, relaxation, softening, space.
This one breath you are breathing
is the portal to your true self.

Awaken!

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When you sit
and finally find stillness,
finally find quiet…
What keeps moving?
What keeps making noise?
Who are you,
and what is this world to you?
When you can stop struggling
to mold Self and World
as you think they should be,
now you have a workable place,
a softer place
a place of openness and vulnerability
in which to stand
and really see things as they are.
Let all setbacks and challenges
be your teachers.
Let them reveal to you
the strength, the resourcefulness
that have lain dormant in you,
waiting for a chink in the armor
that they might break free
and bud and burst and blossom
with the power in you,
the power of light shining
into the darkness of ignorance and despair.
Be grateful for these opportunities
to awaken.
Without some good, clean, honest challenges
we would be so out of touch
with the world,
and our words about love and peace
would mean nothing!
And then…trust.
Trust that all you behold
is a manifestation of wisdom
so ancient, so deep,
that this logical mind of yours
could never assign it any proper words,
no words to describe this.
And we are not asked to describe this wisdom,
why try to describe the light of the sun?
Just stand in it and be warmed.
Simply trust, trust.
Breathe and trust.
Breathe and trust…
and all the universe cradles you
in the kindest embrace,
dancing as it holds you,
whispering,
“Awaken!”