Friday, April 17, 2015

The One Hundred and Eigth Day of the Year

The number 108 is significant in yoga for lots of different reasons, and today is the 108th day of the year. On this one hundred and eighth day, Rolf Gates in his terrific daily reader has insight into patience:

"How poor they are that have no patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

We have bad days and good days, in practice as in life. Sometimes the progress of yesterday seems to have evaporated today. And yet there is always movement. As long as we show up and do the work, healing will happen. This is the message but we must be willing to hear it. We must be prepared to bear witness, patiently, to the degrees by which we move forward. As we learn to celebrate these moments in our practice, we refine our appreciation for subtlety and learn to appreciate growth in those around us as well. And as we practice patience on our mats, our ability to stay with a difficult  posture--both on and off the mat--grows."

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