Grasshopper, when I ask you to hold plank for five breaths, what are you practicing? On a physical level, you are molding sexy arms and building core strength. Nice for you. Hold for another breath. On a more subtle level, you are heating prana, that vital life force connecting you to all things. But there is an even more sublime level of practice happening here. You are developing trust in yourself, to move into the pose, to hold the pose, with grace, gratitude, presence. The more you practice on the mat the more you develop this ability to trust yourself, and when that happens, your happiness no longer relies on outside factors. You are no longer a slave to things beyond your control. You are free to act from your heart. You are tuned in to your inner voice so that you can act unhindered from a place of love and compassion. When you’re out of sync with that space you experience pain, confusion, loneliness. You have lost faith in yourself. It’s OK. It happens to all of us. That’s why we’re here. To practice. Trust yourself on this one. Namaste, ninja.
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