Yoga asks us to explore new patterns of being. Yet how to meet the discomfort and resistance that often accompanies change?
* Lean into the situation rather than backing away or spacing out. Use your breath to explore the textural layers of body sensation that we call "stretching" or "strength."
* Stay with it to interrupt the familiar patterns of hardening against uncertainty. Tend to your internal process.
* Examine automatic reactions: welcome intuition, insight, subtle feeling.
* Imagination! "Imagination is one of the great archetypal
principles, like love, order, beauty, justice. We are like materialized poems capable of intense exhilaration and suffering." James Hillman
* Friendliness toward oneself and one's own efforts is the root of compassion and non-aggression toward others. A "master" is someone who has mastered his own aggression.
* Pema Chodron's three futile strategies: attacking, indulging, and ignoring. Fully experience what you usually resist. Tenderness and groundlessness is before habit.
* Have a relationship with space in your body: down and wide, then out, from a place of ease. Yield first, then reach.
* Let your physical core reflect your mental core, a stability of the wandering mind. Move out into the world from mental stillness, wonder, curiosity.
* You cannot be in the present moment and run your story line at the same time. You cannot be in a state of appreciation and be afraid or anxious at the same time.
* Don't give up on yourself, stay mindful, experience your great warrior spirit, i.e. the inner strength of your innate basic aliveness.
Hands together, deep bow,
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