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Remembering Truth

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I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers” right
now, and boy, does that guy ever know how to change a worldview. Each time I
finish one of his books, my perception of life shifts.

This time
around the book reminded me that everything we come into contact with–whether
it’s a relationship, a challenging situation, or even a yoga pose–gives us the
opportunity to choose how we want to look at it, and how we’d like to use the
energy of it (constructively or destructively) to meet our goals.

Gladwell calls this the ability to “customize” our
surroundings to meet our needs. In this paradigm, we never again have to be the
victim of someone’s choices; instead we become the master of our own design. In
order to make this leap, especially when an experience is dragging us down–a
bad breakup, for example–we must remember one thing:

truth is relative.

I kept ‘truth” lowercase on purpose, because the little
“t” signifies the things we think, do, and see. In yoga, we call Truth with a
capital T “Satya.” Satya is our foundational nature, our birthright of light,
love, and inner goodness.

When we rest in Satya, we are already that which we seek
to become. Our happiness begins to exist independent of external circumstances.
Everyday issues lose their power to easily dim the brightness inside us.

To access the big “T,” we must remember that we exist in
a state of inherent equilibrium–our cells, our breath, our bones, and muscles
are all naturally built to balance stability with mobility. For example, in our
yoga poses we push past our point of equilibrium, then at some point the body
is going to “go polar,” toward too much strength (which will create tension),
or too much freedom (which can lead to injury).

Life is like this, too. Go polar with how you view it (“I
can’t attract money…I’m terrible at relationships…there’s too much
competition…that will never work…you did this to me…”), and you’ll be stuck in
the diminished worldview of the little “t.”

Try to remember, as you look around from day to day, to
widen your perspective. Do this by remembering that love and opportunity and
capability do surround you, no matter how restricted the options may seem in
the moment. They’re not.

Practice broadening your view of the world and your place
in it, by realizing that much of your truth is relative, or changeable, by you,
at any time.Then, change it to
something that empowers you and suits you better. You’ll return to your
original Satya-state, and polarity will dissolve back into the clarity and
ultimate abundance of true center.

And that rocks.

Core Tip: Today, walk around as the rock star you really
are, and see what a difference it makes! Let us know what happens, and how
you’ve changed your truth to serve your goals. Inspire us!

Core Pose: Breath of Freedom Lunge

In your High Lunge, keep your tailbone and side waist
long, reach your arms back, palms facing outward, and breathe. Sweep away old,
limiting stories, and invite in all the truth that aligns with your greatest
Truth. Be you fully for 5 to 10 breaths here.