100 Days of Yoga, Day 42

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October 2, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam

You who want 
knowledge, 
see the Oneness 
within. 

There you 
will find 
the clear mirror 
already waiting. 

Hadewijch II (Antwerp, 13th century) 

Everything we need to know in order to take our next step on the path is already inside us — we just need to quiet our minds so that it can come into view.   Why do we make this so difficult?  We are love incarnate.  We are amazing beings.

Love after Love
 
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
 
and say, sit here.  Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
 
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
 
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit.  Feast on your life.
 
~ Derek Walcott ~

(Sea Grapes)

The practices of pranayama and asana go on.  They, too, are part of this heart opening path.  I have a wonderful class here in Hayward, and when I return to the West I will find a wonderful class there.  It is so much easier for me to let someone else lead and allow me to follow.

Here is an interesting video on pranayama:

If you’ve never tried Ashtanga yoga, here is a 62 minute, very informative video: 

The flow of Ashtanga is quite enjoyable.  Although it is not my primary practice (which is Iyengar) I take Ashtanga and other classes in order to add some variety to my practice.  In my opinion, it is better to learn Ashtanga on your own before going into a class.  Unless you can find an absolute beginners class, it can be challenging to keep up.

Swim to the surface and look around: everything is exactly as it should be, even the bad stuff.

Thank you for the great pleasure of your company, Chris

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2 thoughts on “100 Days of Yoga, Day 42

  1. Joan Shumway says:

    Yes, Chris, everything is exactly as it should be, even the bad stuff.

  2. Chris Janeczko says:

    This is a beautiful poem about loving oneself. Chris

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