I was driving the other day with my 8 year old daughter emJ. Good tunes were flowing and car singing was happening. After the track ended I turned to her and said jokingly, “Listen, I teach yoga tomorrow and I’m stuck for an Intention. You got one for me?” I wasn't really excepting her to respond. But she was hype for it and gave me three. But this one really stood out for practice.
As a side note, I love this picture. It's my daughter emJ with my Gram who is only 4'10. But she is a force and when my daughter shared this powerful quote, I instantly thought of her.
Standing tall has nothing to do with height.
ON THE MAT
This quote speaks to courage. And it takes courage to truly love yourself. It takes courage to go against the grain and WAKE UP to your life as it is, and where it is. It's easy to think about where we want to go. It's easy to wish we were somewhere better off in our life.
Yoga practice reminds us that standing tall has nothing to do with height. It invites us, every time we step on our mat to be courageous by "getting real" with the present moment. Today in practice, get real with your breath, get real with your body. Let it guide your body. See if you can move with courage, not momentum.
OFF THE MAT
At a retreat once, someone asked my mindfulness teacher Frank Jude Boccio, "These teachings of the Buddha are so vast and include list after list (4 novel truths, 8 fold path, 5 skandhas, etc), how do you distill or summarize all these teachings?
I'll never forget his response,
"Deal with what's in front of you!"
Standing tall has nothing to with height. So, what's right in front of you? What is the action step you NEED to take right now?
Remember, taking the step you NEED to take creates space for you to take the step or steps you want to take.