Monday, May 10, 2010

"you have to seek joy first, and that gives you the strength to change your circumstances."

As the recession drags endlessly on, and I continue to find new ways to stretch the grocery budget (one 10# bag of potatoes can be the basis of a diet to feed one person for approximately three weeks -- who knew?), the following quote by Paraympian Bonnie St. John is a great bit of advice:
"You can't wait for your circumstances to change to find joy. You have to seek joy first, and that gives you the strength to change your circumstances."

It's so easy to become discouraged when one slow month becomes one miserable year, which may stretch to two years, three years, how many?

It's at times of frustration like this when the practice of yoga is such a gift. It can be difficult to sit for meditation when the mind refuses to cease worrying, but there is always the moving meditation of surya namaskar (sun salutation). There is always the peace that comes from simple repetitive motions combined with deepening and slowing of the breath.

To those who are unemployed, underemployed, or self-employed during these times, please don't forget your yoga! If the idea of seeking joy seems too ambitious, seek peace in your favorite asana. From the ground of peace, the root and stem of the lotus may grow, blooming into joy.

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