Tag: thought

In the space we’ve created, we begin to observe with new eyes. (Speaking of space, be sure you’ve read and practiced Step 4 so you can apply it to this step.)

The previous steps prepared us to look deeply. Now, we open our eyes to really see.

Step 5: See

The fifth step, see, is to sense without story. We recognize thoughts exactly as they are: harmless mental concepts. We can appreciate what we take in through our eyes without making it something it’s not (nonsense).

We are responsible for what we see and how we see it. We know that what we see is being interpreted through our lenses, our perspective, subject to our labels and beliefs.

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. 

Buddhist Proverb

It was 2006 when I discovered yoga. I’d been exposed years before through intimidating contortionist poses in magazines, but I experienced it firsthand in May of 2006. That said, I’m still a student and less than qualified to distill a lesson in Yoga 101. I mean, just look at the assortment of styles from which to learn: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Integral, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Sivananda, Vinyasa and Yoga Therapy. So, this article is more about what yoga does.

I, as guinea pig, and countless others can attest, it does something inexplicable to those who practice it. I’ve never loved my body so sweetly or been more open to possibilities than before regularly practicing.

Full disclosure: I’m an active person! Hiking, cycling, boxing, basketball, swimming, weight training—I dabble in it all. Oh, but yoga… There’s nothing like it. And this article is dedicated to our love affair.

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