Source of Suffering

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.  – Stephen Cope

Selfish Attachments

Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself — without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind (Bhagavad Gita 2: 47-48).

Persist

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” –  Jacob A. Riis

Reside in your true nature

“Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.” —  Upanishads

The Angel in the Stone

Many times during my asana practice, my body feels dense, heavy, and ungraceful. Today was one of those days. And as I was feeling all that denseness, I remembered Michelangelo’s quote: “I saw the angel in the stone and I carved to set it free.” I immediately felt better, as I realized the asana we … Read more