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 Earth. Art. Burning Man 2016.

Earth. Art. Burning Man 2016.

The playa provideS

"The practice of yoga asana is the practice of standing in our own shoes regardless of whether the size fits or not. We come to our mats and the asanas we take aren’t always fitting. Yet we train in standing in whatever seat is offered to us. It might be challenging, it might be boring, it might be emotionally intense. Whatever that seat brings up in us, we stand in it and ground ourselves in our own being - as we are."

"Instead of being freaked out by that which we don’t know, the teachings of yoga invite us to become interested and thrilled about what’s possible even when it feels like the world is closing down on us. They invite us to welcome change by having the attitude of “Bring it on. Put me on the spot!” This attitude can help us cultivate humility as we recognize that we don’t know it all. It’s an attitude that also gives rise to wisdom because what causes frustration, agitation, anxiety, worry, fear is the discrepancy between what we expect & reality. Wisdom is when there is no longer a discrepancy between the two. As Pema Chödrön reminds us: "Love of the truth puts us on the spot.”

“The playa provides.” This reminds me of the ancient Buddhist practice of Tonglen – the practice of Giving & Taking or Sending & Receiving. The practice of trusting in our ability to receive as well as in our capacity to give. On our mats, we could use every in-breath to take in the pain of another and with every out-breath, we can send out what will benefit them. This training in compassion can be very much part of our asana practice."

"The fleeting & precious, the short-lived & rare quality of a sunrise or a sunset is also the nature of our life. In fact it is said that our life is like a dewdrop on a blade of grass. It’s that tiny & that ephemeral. So how are we going to use it? How are we going to use our dewdrop existence? Are we going use it to fulfill our heart’s innermost, purest & highest, most selfless desire or are we going to waste it and let our dewdrop life evaporate before our eyes?"


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