Be grateful for the power you hold within.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is in reverse.  You must be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you really want. 

~Margaret Young

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A friend and student of mine recently lent me a book to read,

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
I am about two-thirds of the way through and would highly recommend the book.  I find the way Brene tackles tough topics like love, belonging, shame and connectedness to be very insightful and refreshing.  Whether or not she knows it she is a true yogi.  To help you understand why I say this let me share a short excerpt from her chapter on authenticity:
“Choosing authenticity is not an easy choice. … ‘Staying real’ is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight.
When we choose to be true to ourselves, the people around us will struggle to make sense of how and why we are changing.  Partners and children might feel fearful and unsure about the changes they’re seeing.  Friends and family may worry about how our authenticity practice will affect them and our relationships with them.  Some will find inspiration in our new commitment; others may perceive that we’re changing too much – maybe even abandoning them or holding up an uncomfortable mirror.”
This short paragraph describes clearly what can challenge an individual when they begin a deep study of yoga.  I have not only experienced this transition myself, but witnessed it in countless students and friends.  It is my belief that yoga has the power to reveal our true natures and in doing so bring us into harmony/homeostasis.  Whether this harmony is Samadi (with a big ‘S’) or not I do not know, but I can say with absolute certainty that with a greater sense of authenticity life will become joyful.  I do not intend to say you will never be challenged, never hit red lights, never feel depressed, or never suffer.  But I literally mean that whatever arises will be seen in a softer light and challenges will help you to grow stronger.  Be grateful for the power you hold within.
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