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Click here to see original letter that Guruji wrote to Yoga Journal in response to an article written on Power Yoga in their November/December 1995 issue.


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I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me.

 

“If I can make a difference in one person’s life, I’ve done my job as a human being.”

Some days easy.

Some days tough.

But all days good.

— Yogi Tish

My favorite excerpt from Eat, Pray, Love:

“My thoughts turn to something I read once, something the Zen Buddhists believe. They say that an oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into the tree. Everybody can see that. But only a few can recognize that there is another force operating here as well – the future tree itself, which wants so badly to exist that it pulls the acorn into being, drawing the seedling forth with longing out of the void, guiding the evolution from nothingness to maturity. In this respect, say the Zens, it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.
I think about the woman I have become lately, about the life that I am now living, and about how much I always wanted to be this person and live this life, liberated from the farce of pretending to be anyone other than myself. I think of everything I endured before getting here and wonder if it was me- I mean, this happy and balanced me, who is now dozing on the deck of the small Indonesian fishing boat-who pulled the other, younger, more confused and more struggling me forward during all those hard years. The younger me was the acorn full of potential, but it was the older me, the already-existent oak, who was saying the whole time- ‘Yes-grow! Change! Evolve! Come and meet me here, where I already exist in wholeness and maturity! I need you to grow into me!’ And maybe it was this present and fully actualized me who was hovering four years ago over that young married sobbing girl on the bathroom floor, and maybe it was this me who whispered lovingly into that desperate girl’s ear, ‘Go back to bed, Liz…’ Knowing already that everything would be OK, that everything would eventually bring us together here. Right here, right to this moment. Where I was always waiting in peace and contentment, always waiting for her to arrive and join me.”

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

 

– Christopher Columbus

 

Over the last two days I heard about New Year’s Resolutions from my friends that included the desire to lose weight, practice yoga more often, fall in love, be more grateful and find meaningful work. If you are thinking about making a list of things you would like to do in 2011, one way to set yourself up for success is to remember that your dream is fueled by your dedication to it every day of the year. Gratitude for just how far you have come over the last year will give you the open hearted courage that you need to devote yourself to actualizing your dreams in the world. A New Year’s Resolution only has the power to transform your life if you devote yourself to it with the same fervor in October as you do when you proclaim in in January. Inside of you is the energy that creates worlds–use every second of your life to harness that limitless capacity with humility, grace and ease and you will release the power to see every dream you have come to fruition. Don’t quit on yourself before you feel just how powerful you truly are. Use this time of year to cast a self-reflective gaze on the past, release your ambitions about the future with non-attachment and ground yourself in the harmonious, humble work of the present moment. It is your tenacity that holds the key to more happiness, peace and joy than you ever thought possible.

Kino MacGregor

Kino is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and co-founder of Miami Life Center.