The essence of practice is being brave enough to experience ourselves as we truly are. This includes our bodies, emotions, thoughts, and innate wisdom. The practice of being genuine begins at home, with our bodies
- Gaylon Ferguson -
ON THE MAT
This quote is speaking to meditation, but it really is a powerful reminder for us in a yoga practice (which I consider a moving meditation). It's an empowering hour we spend with our bodies... but sometimes it's not. Sometimes the mind gets in our way. We can look into the mirror as we practice and only see what we don't like about our bodies. The mind might say, "I wish my body was more like that person's over there." Or "I wish my body could do more in this posture."
This intention is reminding us that this is perfectly okay. The first line, "...brave enough to experience ourselves as we truly are." The empowering word here is 'experience.' So often we go through an entire class without realizing how much we drift off.
Part of experiencing is simply paying attention and noticing when the mind compares, or doubts. Then you use the breath and the movement to return to the body. The body is always present. The practice of being genuine begins at home. The body is our divine abode.
OFF THE MATT
Start where you are...grow from where you are.
This is why meditation practice is so powerful. It is a real tool that we can use to first experience where we are. This is a brave act. We are often thinking about where we want to go. It's easy to get lost and stressed with all the decisions we have to make to reach our next goal. The practice of returning to where you are reduces this anxiety. When you can experience yourself as you truly are, it creates space and freedom to make authentic choices that allow you to grow from where you are.
This is radically different then trying to grow from where you want to be. So in many brave ways, this practice is radical.