When the wind blows, listen and feel. When the sky rains, look up and allow yourself to be soaked to the bone. When the "breath" arrives and comes in (whatever it may be), welcome it, as if a friend who you've been aching to see. When the "breath" goes out, trust that it's time, and softly, kindly, slowly let it go.
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The "dance" that is your day-- this day, in fact-- is a "micro-dose" of the dance of your entire life. I don't know about you, but I forget that all the time. Even more, the experience of a one hour yoga class or meditation can be a training ground or a science laboratory to pick apart and study the road from birth to death! It sounds sort of silly, but really consider the ride you're on--where you've been and where you THINK you're going.
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Each day we start with some state of mind. Our consciousness is either contracting for expanding, retreating back to what is safe and familiar, or venturing out (or in!) Into the unknown and perhaps unknowable. You'll dance with judgment (anyone??), shame, guilt, anger, loneliness, indecision, fear, joy, elation, bordeom, strength, surrender and so many more-- ALL (sometimes) in a single day...or even just 5 minutes.
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So step into all of it. Use your yoga mat, your family/friends/lovers/strangers and your close observations of yourself in the space of a day. Where does your mind take you? Where do your legs take you? And your heart? Allow yourself to be guided by what is absolutely Truthful--authentically and unabashedly YOU! Let the fluctuations of your mind and heart be okay, lovingly guiding yourself again and again back to now. Just notice. How do these habits of mind seemingly roll on, from day to day. Use today to notice some of your deeply rooted "stuff." It's hard, but begin to dig and dig and dig and excavate all that muck that needs to surface. When you're all done, congratulations. You're there.

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