Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gates of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I remember the first time I told my dad that I thought it was possible to make a career out of something I loved to do. He looked back at me skeptically, armed with his 30+ years of corporate experience and simply said, “That sounds nice, but at the end of the day there’s a reason they call it ‘work’, you know.”

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A New Chapter

The first two-week session ended at Purple Valley yesterday, which meant it was time for my dad to return home.  I can’t believe how fast our time together went by.  It seemed we were looking forward to the trip and planning this adventure for ages, anticipating what it might be like and imagining what it would mean to both of us.  Without a doubt, our time together in Goa has been beyond memorable.  Perhaps what was most fun about being here with Dad was spending time with him in the company of others who were getting to know both of us for the first time.  How often do you get to make new friends, with your dad by your side?

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Amy and I, out for din din

In a Goa State of Mind

It’s hard to believe that our second week at Purple Valley is already halfway over.  I’m not ready for this experience to end – so I’m staying!  That’s right…instead of moving on to Rolf and Marci next week as originally planned, Amy and I have decided to spend more time practicing with Petri.  She’ll stay on for a third week, while I’m playing with the idea of staying right through until the end of the month.  My practice has felt really strong here, and I want to seize the opportunity to see what more concentrated study with Petri could bring.

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A Beginner’s Mind

Since I began practicing Ashtanga yoga, I’ve often heard that one gains great benefit from adopting a “beginner’s mind”.  That is, looking at yoga through the eyes of someone who is encountering this ancient practice for the first time, who has no agenda when it comes to adding on poses and learning new series, who sees each pose as only a new shape to make with the body, who is confronting new sensations of discomfort and thriving on new feelings of growth and improvement, and who – most importantly – remembers it’s just yoga, and nothing more than that.

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