“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou   

Courage is knowing it might hurt, and doing it anyway.
Stupidity is the same.
That’s why life is hard.
― Dr. Jeremy Goldberg

Usually we call ourselves courageous when something works out well, and stupid when it doesn’t. Under those conditions how can we know when to take the risk of staying steady amidst the storm of uncertainty?

What we first have to remember is that weeds grow just as well as flowers do, so it’s a matter of being clear what we want to water. There’s always something that has our attention and energy. Anger can persevere. Bad habits can persevere. Love. Faith. Kindness. Old stories. Mc Rib.

What are you nurturing? What are you protecting? What is your aim? Does it benefit just you? Are you trying to change something or someone other than yourself? Is the change you desire trying to meet a standard of external approval or live up to arbitrarily held standards of normalcy? Does it have to look a specific way? Can it evolve? Is it bigger than just this moment? Is it noble? Is it at the core of who you really are? Is it shareable? Is it relatable? Is it true? If it comes from your heart it is worthy of your attention. It also requires your creativity and flexibility.

What then is the difference between stupidity and courage? Ego. If the answers to these questions lead you to feel empowered to act in alignment with your heart’s desire, than it can tolerate all types of inclimate weather. Do you run inside and forget about tending the garden at the first sign of a storm? Do you abandon all hope at the first sign of criticism or unexpected outcomes along the way? Are you doing it for admiration? If the answer is yes, then it’s your need for approval that is persevering.

Yoga gives us tools for self reference. A way to sense and trust our intuition to guide us towards self reliance and energy being invested in things that will keep us patient, vulnerable and willing to be uncomfortable, then we can grow no matter what happens. There is no stupid. We are courageous in the radical process of experiencing all that it means to be human.

Practice at home

Meditation for Keeping You Steady and On the Path

This is a mantra and meditation that keeps you on the path. This meditation will integrate your time and how your internal self deals with all the projections through time.

In the midst of all thoughts, emotions, and commotion, this meditation keeps you on the path. When balanced, you can say, and mean, “All this life is Your gift. The pain and tragedy is as sweet as nectar.”

You are alert to any positive or negative impact that can sway you from your essential path. You can find the silver lining in any cloud. You defend by awareness, not by reaction or threat. You guide your project between all the Interests that would interfere or stop it. You pass the challenges and sail toward fulfillment.

Posture: Sit straight in Easy Pose.

Mudra: Place the right palm on the back of the left hand. Both palms face down in front of your torso at the level of the Heart Center.

Eyes: Eyes are focused at the tip of the nose or 1/10th open.

Mantra: Chant the following 3 times on a single breath.

Ha-ree naam sat naam ha-ree naam ha-ree

Ha-ree naam sat naam sat naam ha-ree

Time: Continue for up to 31 minutes.

Music: Ashana: The Illuminated Path

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