Witness

Day 115 – Rumi’s quote greeted me after my practice this morning: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” Today’s reading confirms this. Rolf writes of how avidya puts the focus squarely on ourselves and yoga is the tool from which to get to know who we are. He writes: “The genius of yoga is that there are no extenuating circumtances, nothing to wait for, no precondions to be met. We can begin right now, right where we are.”
 
If we approach our practice anew each morning and bear witness to the postures, breath, and space of our bodies, minds, and mat, we come to, as Rolf asserts, “know something of the state we are in.” Over the last two years of a regular personal practice, I’ve learned to honor myself and listen without expectation. I am usually pleasantly surprised. Why look my knee can bend! As Rolf ends this day’s reading: “We find that we would rather be ourselves, imperfectly, than someone else perfectly.”

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