One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
As I was walking out of the Walmart restroom yesterday after completing the Alaska Women’s Run, a little old lady with a cane stopped me.
“Were you a runner today?”
“I was!” I replied, delightfully.
“Thank you for running,” she said, “I was a cancer survivor…twice. I survived colon cancer and I survived breast cancer.”
So touched by this stranger’s brief story, I told her, “The two people I ran for today- my grandmother died from colon cancer and my boyfriend’s mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer.”
“Thank you for running for us…” and she carried on her way.
“Thank you for being an inspiration,” I gently said, and she turned her head to smile at me.
I don’t know who you are sweet lady, but may you live on healthily with all the strength to carry you on your journey. I am so grateful our paths were crossed.
This is but another confirmation from the Universe for me, that we are all truly connected and in one with everything. Let’s be kind to ourselves and to one another. We are, after all, just walking each other home.
“May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you,
Guide your way on.”
It is in our nature to love.
We are living life and practicing yoga not to achieve anything but as the movement of life that is already fully established in us—life happening with an unfathomable depth of feeling. It is our natural condition, to be with the breath, to be with that which is breathing us. To simply be with your experience, whatever it is, altogether without idealism, is to be in the natural state. You are life happening here, you are whatever it is altogether.
Found this on Facebook! I guess somebody loved my quote so much, that they took a picture of it :) I wrote this on our studio wall before the expansion.
Om hari om!
MELTING IN A BATH…
1) …a yummy bath of Dead Sea salts, lavender oil, and melaleuca oil. Mmmmm, yes.
2) Yesterday, Chakra workshop and yoga. Ahhhhh, yoga nidra (yogi sleep) throughout the entire two hours. Amazing.
3) I’ve been kinda MIA, guys, and I have been kinda lacking in wholesome posts! I hope you all know I think of my tumblr sangha (community, family) always :) I really do!
4) Life is amazing at the moment, with good and not-so-good things happening; I am trying to embrace all of it.
5) I’m going back home to Hawai’i in August for my cousins’s wedding! I’m the maid of honor and I’m so excited!
6) We are so much stronger than we tell ourselves.
7) My homegirl kicked my asana in her class tonight and I’m grateful…soooo much upper body work! Wooo!
8) Can’t wait to eat after this bath.
9) I am hooked on NBC’s new series, “Hannibal.”
10) Yoga retreat, Seane Corn’s “Off the Mat” training, Wanderlust next year, training for kids with special needs…so many wants, but not so much money :/
11) You all need to see the bindis I’m making for my fellow teachers!
12) Kindness is never a small gesture, especially when it is towards ourselves :)
14) Always integrity in each asana, in each breath.
Namaste and good night :)