Yoga Doesn’t Give A Shit!

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Yoga doesn’t care if you can touch your toes. . .
bend your knees.
Yoga doesn’t care if you have read the Sutras chapter and verse. . .
you are welcome.
Yoga doesn’t care who Lulu or Lucy are or if your pants are vegetable dyed hemp. . .
you are not your clothes.
Yoga doesn’t care if you are having your best day or your worst. . .
any day is a good day to practice.
Yoga doesn’t care if you believe you are physically broken or emotionally bankrupt . . .
come as you are.
Yoga doesn’t care if your pants are see-through. . .
and they are, trust me.
Yoga doesn’t care if you speak English, French, Korean or Sanskrit. . .
just speak your own truth.
Yoga doesn’t care if you are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Aetheist, Agnostic. . .
as long as you walk in love.
Yoga doesn’t care if you think you are “all that”. . .
it will humble you.
Yoga doesn’t care if you are fat or skinny, tall or short, brown or white. . .
you are not your vessel.
Yoga doesn’t care if you do not believe in yourself. . .
it will show you the way.
Yoga doesn’t care if you’ve been a jerk your whole life. . .
it will reveal your inner light.
Yoga doesn’t care if you practice yin, Bhakti, Bikram, vinyasa. . .
this practice offers so much.
Yoga doesn’t care if you practice in the heat or cold, in a bed, on a cushion or in a chair. . .
it cannot be contained.
Yoga doesn’t care if you practice one limb or all eight. . .
you have to start somewhere.
Yoga doesn’t care if you can’t shut off your mind. . .
that is why it is called a practice.
Yoga doesn’t care about Chaturanga, Adho Mukha Vrksasana,
or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. . .
those asanas are the illusions to which we attach ourselves.

Yoga doesn’t give a shit. . .

you do.
Let go of judgment, labels and perfection. . .
simply practice.

Fearing Our Light. . .

Our ability to recognize our own power and light is NOBILITY.  The cultivation of this virtue teaches us to stop hiding behind our often self-imposed labels of inadequacy and self-doubt and rise with courage to serve ourselves and others.  
Nobility is the knowledge that our lives are a gift, we are all of value, we are blessed and we have a choice.  We can choose to excuse our inaction with tales of expectations, self-doubt and societal correctness or we can run towards those in need with the gifts we have to offer.
 We can choose FEAR.  
OR
we can choose our LIGHT!
Choose the power of KINDNESS, HUMILITY, COMPASSION and offer your 
GOD GIVEN TALENTS.
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Integrating the Body and Mind by Cultivating Integrity!

Integrity is striving to bring together the fractured personality.

When cultivating the virtue of Integrity, think integration!  Examine your own behavior, thoughts, and speech.  Pay particular attention to any inconsistencies between what you say and what you actually do.  Note when your behavior is inconsistent with your beliefs.
 A person of integrity is living from a place of intention.  We often find ourselves reacting to situations out of habit or conditioning.  However, when we take the time to choose our thoughts, words and deeds carefully, we create a union between our bodies and minds.  We become whole.  We are trustworthy and honorable.

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The Last of Human Freedoms Is The Ability To Choose One’s Attitude.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s horse hitch for the Dana-Thomas House – Springfield, Illinois.
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
~ Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
In our day-to-day lives, we often surrender the power to choose our attitudes and reactions.  We allow ourselves to fall prey to conditioning and habitual reactions and then blame the external forces we believe to be responsible.  When studying equanimity, I was struck by reading Viktor Frankl’s accounts of the Holocaust.  Ultimately, no matter the circumstance, we have a choice.
When we choose to cultivate the virtue of equanimity, we acknowledge our own power.  With patience and awareness we can begin to greet success and failure, pain and pleasure, and insult and compliment as equals.  These apparent opposites are simply two sides of the same coin.  We have the ability to shape how we receive even the experiences we feel no control over.  This ability in fact is our power.
How though do we receive pain and insult with the same joy as praise and pleasure?  The trick is to refrain from judgment and attachment.  As soon as we place judgment upon a situation, as soon as we label it as good or bad, we have lost equanimity and given away our power.
As we begin to detach ourselves from extremes in reactions, are we to be indifferent?  No.  We are simply cultivating the ability to not be shaken from our centers, our true selves.  There are atrocities and injustices in this world and we should be moved to action.  Many inspirational examples of great leaders such as Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. and extraordinary citizens like Anton Schmid and Oscar Schindler, embodied the virtue of equanimity.  They were able to make unbelievably hard and courageous choices despite the personal risks.
Working towards equanimity is a life long practice.  As our fortunes inevitably change, we will be challenged by our conditioning, habits and an ego that seeks comfort and praise.  Cultivating equanimity ensures that we are not moved out of reaction.  We can feel pleasure without clinging and experience pain without hating and condemnation of ourselves or others.  Working towards even minded openness allows us the freedom and space to choose our attitudes and responses despite our circumstances.  When we let go of our habit of judging and telling ourselves stories we are able to connect to others on a deeper level.  We are strong enough to act from our true selves whether we are faced with the monotony of life or extraordinary choices.

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