“Simply be present with your own shifting energies and with the unpredictability of life as it unfolds.” — Pema Chödrön
“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we have now has been the result of past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions: so we have to know how to act.” – Swami Vivekananda
Great reminder of the power of the present – freeing ourselves from past regrets, etc. – to support skillful action.
Last Friday, Seth Godin posted an inspiring post entitled The initiator which resonates so well for me as well. I can let feelings of inadequacy, not-good-enough etc. serve as both conscious and sub-conscious blocks from action. Waiting for perfection before taking action leads only to further inaction.
“Practice can be understood as a willingness to return to the reality of this very moment, that is, to observe with dispassion and clarity exactly what is–right now…
…relying on paying attention to the thoughts and sensations of the moment will give me a chance to respond to life less from my patterns of defense and more from integrity.” — Judith Hanson Lasater
From Judith Hanson Lasater’s Living Your Yoga
It was a great joy to continue studying with Judith Hanson Lasater a couple of weeks ago at Back Bay Yoga/YogaWorks. Her Experiential Anatomy is a must for helping understand movement in general, as students and as teachers. What I most value and am grateful for in working with Judith is the wisdom and example she shares for Living Your Yoga.
“Everyone experiences discomfort. Even when you are just sitting still, doing nothing, you may still feel aches and pains. And even if you don’t, if everything is fine right now, you may still recall past slights and get stuck in a bad memory, or find yourself experiencing fear of the future. When we relive the past and worry about the future, we miss out on our life.” — Gelek Rimpoche, quoted by Cyndi Lee in her great book May I Be Happy.
Through practice we become present again and again. By connecting to breath we are able to find space from the unfriendly business upstairs, engage fully in the moment and practice living.