Change is Your Friend!


The beloved Indian deity Ganesha, the elephant god, who ushers in new
beginnings and removes all obstacles, comes to mind as I enter this first
blog.

I have found the process of approaching new endeavors, like this website,
more than a little scary at times but also revealing. The Bhagavad Gita
(and life!) remind us that if change was easy, we wouldn’t develop the
stamina, clarity of purpose, and inner resolve needed to rise to new stages
of growth and wholeness. Patience and acceptance is a big part of the
process – imagine trying to force the butterfly out of it’s cocoon halfway
before it is ready to pry its wings out. Its visual spectrum of change is
vivid like a movie script: caterpillar’s incarnation, the mid way hibernation
(and vulnerable) stage in the cocoon, lastly the transformational beauty of
the butterfly spreading its wings and taking flight into its new unknown
adventure.

Ganesha playfully reminds us rather than fear change – to embrace it. The
deeper yogic lesson of change is that they are all ultimately ripples
(and sometime riptides!) to bring us back beneath and beyond to a wordless
inner “ocean” of peace, stillness, an unconditional joy.

We may not be fully aware of this much of the time in the “matrix” of life, but
we get tastes in our yoga and meditation practice. We can start to breath deeper,
feel more serene, and have more compassion for ourselves and others. Regardless
of our physical, emotional, or spiritual needs, yoga meets us like
a patient friend wherever we are. Its healing power transmutes pain
into beauty because its essence is love.
Many blessings,
-Paul

photo by: Adriana M. Galvez Photography

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