I am ready.
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How can we be in a constant state of readiness?
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Is it possible to be prepared for the ALL-OF-IT of life? For love and loss, winning and losing, beginnings and endings, the expected and also the unexpected? Probably not. BUT, I like to ask myself what I can do to expect the seemingly unexpected. How can I ready my mind and heart and body for stuff that 'could' happen today/tomorrow/next year WHILE still being present with what is alive right now? How do we prepare for "death"-- and it's not just death of the body, but death of our personality and ego and death of the last moment and the one that may arrive later; or maybe better, can we make peace with what was?
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So I like to put in my mind each morning that I'm ready for a day of mystery and magic and I really have no idea what will happen... but I am open and ready. I set down my expectations for what I hope or assume will happen, and try to be like water, moving and rippling and flowing through whatever comes into this field.
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And when it comes to teaching yoga, I am also ready. My preparation for each class, aside from making a playlist, is simply to empty myself of past and future and also any expectations of myself or the class. I allow yoga to flow through me and the wisdom of my teachers and their teachers and their teachers to flow through my tongue. In this space of not knowing, I get to trust-- I get to fully surrender to the completeness of the moment. Then, I feel ready.
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So perhaps 'readiness' is not as additive as we may have thought. Maybe you're truly ready with a beginners mind and a curiosity and receptivity of a young child. You ARE ready, right now.

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