Beauty is beauty because we choose to see it as beautiful. It is completely subjective to its seer. Great artist find the beauty in everything, the mundane, the grungy, the offbeat, the pristine and the stunning. When you view everything and everyone as beautiful, everything in your life will be beautiful. The same is true of the opposite. . Beauty is a choice of how you label it not a condition of the object, place or person. When you really start to see everything as beautiful is when you release that it has nothing to do with what it is that you're seeing but that everything is a reflection of the heart. .
We are at the finish line but thinking we are standing at the starting point. It's taking me a long time to realize that I'm not at the start. It's not because of my accomplishments, achievements, or practice that has brought me to the finish; it's the reality in truth that we are standing at the finish. We can look forward to a false reality or fantasy and think of all the things that we have left to do before we arrive at a fictional destination but because life is here and now, we will never live in this future. But our starting point is real, and it is from this point that we journeyed to this moment. The moment that continuously unfolds into infinity and the same place where we stand, always at the pinnacle of our journey. . Workshops this weekend @alonewyork Friday 10/12 5pm-8pm Ascend Master Class Saturday 10/13 10am-1pm Enlightened (meditation) 3pm-6:30pm Quest for the Press Sunday 10/14 10am-1pm Buddha Palms 3pm-6:30pm Elasticity & Plasticity . Sign up on my website. Space is limited . Photo by @sfreneenyc Wearing @aloyoga
What we see is often only the finished polished result. Rarely do we see (or at least rarely do I show) all the failed attempts or less than perfect try’s. It’s very natural to want to show your best. This often means not showing all the rest. But for this post I wanted to show all my attempts to get the one video that I was willing to share. And even this video wasn’t what I wanted, but I was so tired from doing it so many times that it wasn’t going to get any better. The real point that I want to make is that it’s not fake to show your best, and that nobody’s best comes without a ton of practice and failed attempts. . Swipe over to see all my attempts. wearing @aloyoga
Eternity is not on a never-ending timeline but in this singular moment with all life, change, creation, and death, unfolding forever in it. We exist as the part of this eternal moment as our lives unfold in the present. Everything in this moment will move in and out of existence, the point in which it does will still be in this eternal moment. .
This moment is a window into the forever changing experience. What is in the window will continuously change, but itself remains the unchangeable point in which everything exists. To find the truth we merely start looking through the window. . Photo by @karmacaptures Board shorts by @aloyoga
The key to arm balances is creating stability. I like to think of stability as strength without effort. Stability comes when everything is aligned and balanced. Every arm balance has its own unique structure that lends to the effortlessness of the pose. When you discover this about the pose, it becomes a place to rest rather than a place to struggle. .
Our perceptions are relative to our interpretation of our own experiences of life. All things only exist by our understanding of the opposite or its variable; good is defined by bad, light by dark, color by other colors. Without the opposing perspective there isn't an understanding of existence. .
We often try to understand other people's perspective based on our own experiences. It can be from a beautiful place of empathy but oftentimes we lack the experiential perspective to understand. We might feel bad for a blind person because we think they are in the dark and missing light based on our perception. Our perception makes us think we know best based on our experiences and understanding and it makes it easy to want to push our opinions, beliefs and often times our fears on others. .
We can use empathy to gain understanding but not experience. Putting yourself in someone else's shoes is almost like putting yourself in a seat of judgement. As people we have a need to understand but at a point we must realize that we can never truly understand someone else's experiences or perspective. It's not my place to push my experience or perspective on someone else, only to share love with those looking to receive it. .
At the end of our fears is death but it isn’t just death that we are afraid of but the void that comes after it. We all know death is coming, what we don’t know is what follows it. Fear often comes with the unknown, and the greatest unknown is the great void that follows death. Most people try to fill the void by believing in what comes to follow. If your beliefs are strong in what is in the void then it can lesson or take away the fear. Whether its heaven or hell in the void, another cycle of life and reincarnation, the merging of energies or the return of nothingness in which we came from, the truth remains unknown. Most cultures try to hide death as the inevitable part of life, create stories of what is in the void, focus on the stories of the afterlife and perpetuate our denial. If we don’t see or talk about death then we don’t have to deal with it and our inevitable fate. . Then someone we know dies. Their death reminds us of our fate and mortality and creates more fear. The fear of death and fear of the void. Our fears create prisons that keeps us from living our lives. And a fear of death that preventers you from truly living is the worst kind of fear because death is real and that can’t be changed or ignored. To live is to find meaning in the face of death, and understand life only has meaning because of death. Without death we wouldn’t have life. .
The ego is attached to life and being, and the more we attach to the ego the greater our fear of not being becomes. Our life’s journey is to transcend the ego and our attachment to life or suffer in life from our attachment to it. When our lives are cumulated by the completion of our birth and death, it is the our time living which holds the importance. I was not afraid of the place I was at before I was born, why should I fear it after I am dead.
Stillness is an illusion of our perspective. It only exists relative to the measurement of space and time. If we slow down time, an object at rest will appear to be still. If we look up at the clouds, they might seem to be suspended in the sky, but when we observe them, it is easy to see that they are actually in flux and the more we speed up time, the more apparent the movement is. The motionless mountains rose from the earth, and continue to move with the wind. Change is the universal truth of nature and is expressed through motion. The expression of all things is to move. To remain stagnant in life is not an option, we can only move with or against the natural flow of life. To flow with life is synergistic, to fight against it is suffering. . We can try to still the mind, but there is no amount of meditation that can still the mind because there is no amount of anything that can truly bring stillness to anything. But once we conclude that there is no stillness, we can also realize that there is no movement. .
Movement can only be defined by its relation to stillness just like hot is only hot relative to cold or right in contrast to wrong. In truth, stillness and movement are both illusions. So we need not look for either of these because our reality of both is only from the perspective in which we see.
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