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Up, Out or In?

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Now, well into 10+ weeks of social distancing and Operation Virtual Studio, the novelty has worn off, the adrenaline has passed and I am tired. 😷 I’m not ready to re-open. The risk is still too real. And yet something needs to shift.

How can I allow for shift today?
👷‍♀️ from work to play 🤸‍♀️
😷 from fear to love 🥰
🤏 from empty to full 💯

This is hope: Believing shift is possible even when hope is slipping out of focus. I shift my attention to find NEW information, wiser counsel, or simply someone with a perspective that helps me see beyond my own story.

Yoga has taught me to look UP for support … look OUT for perspective … and look IN for inspiration. Yoga has helped me access HOPE even in the darkest of days.

We often look to outside “experts” and teachers to tell us, to guide and inform us on how to live and what to do. This can be a great way to learn from someone who has walked the path before us. Finding quality guidance requires first to discern if the source is worthy of our attention and if the lessons of their path translates to ours. This is why we must also look within.

Who do you look UP to?

The practice of yoga teaches us to look IN rather than (or in addition to) out or up. Looking IN does not mean we ignore the teachers, experts, or leaders. It means we verify qualification, expertise and motive before we assume the advise applies to our circumstance. In other words, choose wisely WHO you listen to.

Yoga offers us a framework for this dialog. The practice of asteya (truth) based on compassion and to do no harm (ahimsa) provide a sound foundation for daily living, no matter what other challenges might lure us to numb or deny our circumstances.

Let us practice, so we may we stay open to INSPIRATION as evidence that PRANA moves through each of us! May we stay the course of doing whatever it takes to “care selflessly about one another.”

May you be well.

Namaste.