I was asked recently about my own practice. I answered with how I rise in the morning every day to set my state with movement, breath, and stillness. "That seems so hard," was the reply I got.
Why challenge ourselves?
To find our limitations.
To know the details of our resistance with the same loving familiarity by which we know our hands or our shoes, our favorite book or recipe.
Why know ourselves this way?
To grow more inclusive of the flaws and the astonishments of everything we love.
That everything flawed and astonishing can be loved.
We grow stronger so that the Ask of the day is answered with the YES we have built every every every morning.
I rise and practice so I have the strength for what feels hard. So that what is hard is familiar and my response is to move towards it instead of away. Because I know for certain that I AM HARD. Hard to be with. Hard to understand. Hard to console. Hard to forgive. Hard to keep up with. But I am also astonishing, funny, warm, welcoming. Just as you are. We can all be hard. We can all be open.
This month's sequence is hard. Physically challenging. I hear you. But let it teach you how to stay open when closing would be easy. Let it show you the deep reward of the difficult that the easy could never provide. And as you keep opening there will be a moment, an generous, surprising moment, when the act of challenge and building strength becomes easy.
How did it get so easy? To hold the space for those I encounter for as long as it takes? To remove the filter as to who 'deserves' my time? How did it get so easy to dare to offer what might be rejected? How did it get so easy to smile as I take my change? How did it get so easy to offer a compliment, an embrace, a connection? To love myself?
This is our strength: To have the strength to love.
And to keep building it. Daily.