reneecan EVEN I have to admit things got a little out of control at the #library today. Thinking I should perhaps consider changing my career to book reviewer, ha! #shelfie #bookworm #wordnerd #bookporn #spirituality #YA #research #inspiration #TheArtistsWay 2d

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reneecan I often tag my #yoga pics with #PracticeMakesProgress to remind myself that the goal of my practice is NOT #perfection. The reason I get on the mat is to express my dedication to #healing and #healthyliving. I get on the mat to alleviate the aches and pains, to release both the physical and emotional tension. I get on the mat to #EmbodyMyBody, to feel all the sensations that sometimes get buried in the harried activity of day-to-day life, to listen to the messages the body is trying to tell me: "Stretch longer and deeper. Get your heart rate up. Increase the blood flow and get #upsidedown. Go outside and move. Soak up the energy and healing of #nature. Get more sleep and rest. Take more breaks. Eat better. Love harder." I get on the mat to strengthen and unite my body, mind and soul. I get on the mat to allow my inner child some much needed time for play and creativity. I get on the mat to become a better me. There is no graduation from the mat, no medal, ribbon or parchment that tells me I have reached the peak of achievement. I feel progress in the growing strength of my muscles, the increased mobility of my joints and stability from my improving balance. My breath becomes more controlled and steady, my lungs more efficiently extract oxygen from the air to my body. I am calmer, more at peace. I feel centered and grounded. I feel more attuned to the energy of the universe of which I am one small, but important part. I more truly recognize my oneness with others, my connection to all living things. I step out of my ego, let go of my limiting attachments and beliefs. I grow, I learn, and I am never finished learning and growing. I will fail and fall a thousand times more. I show my progress through resilience, by always getting back up and trying again. I continue moving forward, rather than regressing or staying stuck in a rut. And while I strive for excellence in all that I do, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, I understand that true perfection does not arise from what one has or accomplishes, but in who one is. Someone of compassion, passion, desire, drive, discipline and humility, with the capacity to reason, understand others and, most of all, Love. #SatNam 5d

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reneecan "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." -Frank Herbert I FINALLY did it!!! I pushed through the #fear to do a full #dropback from #Anuvittasana to #backbend or #UrdhvaDhanurasana into #EkaPadaUrdhvaDhanurasana. It had been too long since I last saw you, but so glad I have my #courage and #groove back again! 2w

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