August / 2014

BKS Iyengar- RIP Thank You And Farewell

Last night while scrolling through Instagram my heart stopped. There in my feed was a picture of BKS Iyengar with a RIP under it. My chest tightened, tears flooded my eyes…no it can’t be true I panicked. It was. A quick internet search revealed that he had passed at 95. Now I suppose I shouldn’t have been shocked I had heard that he was ill and in hospital, but last I had heard his family was insisting that he was recovering and doing well. Death doesn’t normally upset me that much even with people I know. I mean it’s going to happen to all of us after all, it’s just a common as birth. I guess one advantage of believing in past lives is that it takes some of the blow out of death, since I believe that we are all coming back around again. So why was I so upset about the death of an Indian man who lived miles away and whom I had never actually met or studied with? It’s taken me until today to figure that out.

Perfectionism-Let It Go!

Now I am certainly not saying we shouldn’t aim for excellence or that we shouldn’t stretch, grow, learn and expand. Of course we can grow and challenge ourselves to do and dream, to be and have more than we do in this stage in our lives. To challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zone is healthy and what keeps life interesting. There is a difference between wanting to excel and to grow vs. trying to be perfect. From my experience it is actually the imperfect situations that have been the most fruitful in terms of personal growth and realization in my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.I remember the day very clearly in my mind even though it was 10 years ago. The day it hit me…..