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BKS Iyengar practicing yoga in his 70's


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As a survivor of two major accidents within 18 months, one of my main spiritual practices is acceptance. Though there is pain and though there are obstacles, I am so happy and grateful to be alive.

Acceptance means action. Over more than seven years, I have learned new skills every day to wake up this new body and mind whose default state is "off" rather than "on." How can I connect with body parts that have physically or psychologically disassociated from the life within me? What pains are damaging, and what pains are constructive? How do I find nourishment and rest?

Though I very much have to stay in the present, there have been great results. My medical team says that my recovery is off the charts. They cite the willingness to turn towards the issue, and to persist, that have been trained with years of meditation and yoga.

Though I really appreciate that feedback, I am not yet healed. New issues keep appearing -- from seven years of treatment as well as from the injuries. My basic mission is to stay in the light, aware of what gives life, and to act from this stance.

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As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths can be made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done.

The perfume of flowers goes not against the wind, not even the perfume of sandalwood, of rose-bay, or of jasmine; but the perfume of virtue travels against the wind and reaches unto the ends of the world.

There is the perfume of sandalwood, of rose-bay, of the blue lotus and jasmine; but far above the perfume of those flowers the perfume of virtue is supreme.

from the Dhammapada, Shakyamuni Buddha, Juan Mascaro translation

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  • v 2013SWEETJANE
    Thanks for the seedling SparkGoodie! It is a good reminder that spring (and growth) IS coming!
    1553 days ago
  • v 2013SWEETJANE
    Thanks for your encouragement on my blog about rediscovering enjoyment for cooking.
    I like your profile image...Kuan Yin (or Kannon), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, yes? Something we could all use a lot more of in our lives, and to extend to others as well.
    May your journey be a good one and your health and wellness shine brightly.

    1561 days ago
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about Houston, my son, and the Ronald McDonald House. It was very kind of you to say that I am a good mother. I don't know about that, really. In the situation I am in, the only thing to do is the best you can, one day at a time. There isn't any way to make it easy.

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day!!
    1820 days ago
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