We have made it past the halfway point of this extraordinary year.
I say extraordinary because, if nothing else, it's been eventful.
The world is going through growing pains, and we need to ride it out, flowing with and over the ocean waves of this storm to see what kind of sunny skies await us on the other side.
Because there will be sunny skies.
This is the first time something like this has happened in our lifetime, but it is not the first time that something like this has happened in the lifetime of our species, nor of our societies.
The planet, the ecosystems, are changing. We will adapt, or we will not. Those who adapt will go on to thrive on the other side. Those who do not will likely suffer, and perhaps go extinct.
There are macrocosms and microcosms of this, but they all play out in similar ways. Because we are human does not mean we are exempt to the ways of the natural world, though we may not see it that way.
So as we look out ahead to the waves that we see, and those we do not, we come back time and again to our practice. Yogis have done this for thousands of years. Westerners are just learning the path now.
That you are on the path is more important than where you are on the path.
Today's yoga class will meet you wherever you are. It's designed with minimal use of hands and maximum use of core and focus. So that we can learn where it is that we should aim our focus. HINT: it's not super close to you, nor is it super far away. There's a middle ground.
Have I mentioned yet that our practice on the mat is the microcosm of our life off the mat? ?
I hope you enjoy this week's free class, and this slightly philosophical letter. I am someone of both lightness and depth, and today I'm coming off a weekend of no cares in the world and needing to balance that myself with some depth of thought.
I've also been reading "Meditations from the Mat" by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison, during our weekly Coffee Conversations and in my own time. It consists of short essays about bringing yoga more fully into your life, about living your yoga really, and it's got me thinking quite a lot. If you're interested, check it out here!
All my love,