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Each movement must be an art ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

“Always stretch from the source, the core, the foundation of each asana. Keep your attention internal, not worrying about what others see, but what the Self sees. Each movement must be an art, an art in which the Self is the only spectator.”

B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey (with a few minor edits by me)

Back to life and yoga

February 19, 2014: I passed out for the first time. Before then I knew I was sick, but that was the first day I went down.

*three years of hospital visits and dozens of doctors*

February 19, 2017: For the first time in many years I’ve been able to practice yoga on a daily basis. As usual, during the first several weeks it was difficult and I was sore, but these days all is well. Soon this body will be rock hard and incredibly limber. :)

Woody and Samantha (the two bears)

Woody was playing in the field with the other young bears when he turned to Samantha and asked, “Sam, would you like to pick some berries in the forest with me tomorrow? There’s a place by the river my dad told me about. He said that’s where he met my mom.”

Samantha looked at Woody. She seemed excited at first, but then her smile faded, and she looked down at the grass. “I don’t think that’s a good idea, Woody,” she said.

“Why not? Don’t you like me?,” Woody asked.

“Yes, Woody, I like you.”

“Well, why won’t you go with me?”

Sam looked down again. She paused a long pause, then took a deep breath and let it out. “Woody, can you keep a secret? I mean, really keep a secret?”

“Sure, Sam. Why? What’s going on?”

“Nobody but my family knows this,” Sam said, pausing again. “You know how the average bear lives about 18 years?”

“Sure, Sam, we all know that. But I want to live longer!”

“Well, Woody, that’s the problem. I’m sick, and I’m not going to live that long.”

“No, Sam, don’t say that. How do you know? How long will you live?”

“Nobody knows for sure, but I heard Doc telling mom and dad that I probably won’t see many summers. But I wanted you to know, because, yes, I’d like to go pick berries with you by the river where your dad met your mom.”

(This is a story about a woman I met when I was in the hospital. I heard somewhere it’s better to tell stories about animals.)

One must do asana not merely as a physical exercise

“One must do asana not merely as a physical exercise but as a means to understand and then integrate our body with our breath, with our mind, with our intelligence, with our consciousness, and with our core. In this way, one can experience true integration.”

B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey

Passed out for the first time (anniversary)

Today is an anniversary of sorts for me. After knowing “something” was wrong for a long time, on this day three years ago I passed out for the first time.

Don’t let yesterday contain the greatest things you’ve ever done

Via a friend on Facebook:

“My advice: Don’t let yesterday contain the greatest things you’ve ever done. Make tomorrow contain your next great goal. Because once you feel your greatest days are behind you, you begin to die.”

At the very least that quote is about the importance of having goals.

Marry a person you love to talk to

Got this in an email last week, seems appropriate for today: “Marry a person you love to talk to.”