Earlier this year, I spent a few weeks reflecting before I made big changes to my life. The Govinda Valley community taught me how to truly live gratitude and surrender in kindness to myself and others. My yoga practice on and off the mat wouldn’t be what it is today without their influence. A fellow volunteer, Lily, passed me this book on the day she departed the retreat. Lily and I had a very different practice, but we shared a hall space together most dawns. Her gift was one of acknowledgement. She had seen my determination to practice and watched it grow, and shared this book to inspire me to continue. Lily, you also did not go unnoticed. Your patience, your deep listening, and your kind heart; awake long before my own rose. It was your example that encouraged me to make time and space, and journey beyond a practice simply in asanas. You will never know how this small act touched me. I will never know the challenge it was for you to wake up each and every morning. To others, you walked your journey with a facade of peace. I hope that you have found this in death, because now I will strive to live with my eyes open and ears in deep listening to those around me. I must strive to tell those around me that they are seen, and hope they will do the same. Your life, your hopes, your bravery, and your strength lives on through those that got to know even a fraction of you. Thank you, Lily.
________________________________________________________”As animals, we walk the Earth. As bearers of a divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon the Earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound. So many seek this greater Truth in the heavens, but it lies much closer than the clouds. It is within us and can be found by anyone on the Inward Journey.” - B.K.S Iyengar.
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