Every Inspirational Yoga Blog (Ever) Summed up in One Word.

Via on Jun 29, 2013

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We get many inspirational yoga blog submissions; many of them we publish.

Let me save you a little time and sifting through the often repetitive (yet sincere) articles consisting of lots of “ERMAGERD, YOGA!” and “Hey guys, I’m awesome! You’re awesome! We are all awesome! Rumi quote! Sunset picture!” and just say one thing. All of this, all this take it off the mat and be awesome comes down to this:

“Practice.”

Why do we do it? Why do we gravitate toward the “10 things that will make us happy” or “How yoga changed my life time and again”? Why do we need to hear it so many times to get it right? Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

But then, “what’s the difference between insanity and practice?”

We may read it 900 times, and then the nine-hundred-and-first time, it finally clicks. And then this time next year after a hundred more storms, we’ll need to hear it again. Enlightenment isn’t once and done. I’ll let you in on a little secret: none of the writers sharing these things are there yet. (And if they think they are, that’s a big clue that what they’re telling you is a million miles away from what you actually need to read.)

Life keeps happening.

We don’t clean things up once and for all; it’s our practice that keeps bringing us back to our bliss.

Today, I might know how to be open, loving and kind; tomorrow I might wake up on the wrong side of the bed and find it impossible. Today, I might be able to bind in Eka Pada Rajakapotasana; tomorrow I might be stiffer than the Tin Man and struggle against it. Above all things, we find this inspiration, we are filled with life-sustaining breath because we practice.

So in the spirit of continued practice, I’ll add this:

There is only one day you can do this practice, and that day is today.

There is only one person who can do this practice, and that is you.

There is only one moment in this practice that counts, and that is right now.

There is only one part of this practice that matters at all—forget all the blogs, all the Sanskrit, all the hand-to-heart, teary eyed confessionals, festivals and retreats to Costa Rica and yoga buzzwords.

The only part of this practice that matters is love.

May your practice today, in this moment, bring you closer to an open heart.

May you—right now—be present. And now. And now again. (And yes, again now.)

And may you know, truly, that you yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

 

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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6 Responses to “Every Inspirational Yoga Blog (Ever) Summed up in One Word.”

  1. I adore you Kate. You are appreciated, loved and admired. We will miss you. ~Rebecca

  2. anaguardia says:

    You are awesome. No I feel a little bit as if I were also awesome.
    We're all awesome, thank you!

  3. slsimms says:

    Thanks for EVERYTHING Kate! I will miss seeing you around elephant journal world… here's to great, new things! :0)

  4. Michelle Marchildon says:

    You mean the one word you want to say isn't "Perfect?"

  5. @ZBlime says:

    Thank you. thank you. thank you.

  6. Rogelio Nunez says:

    Sadhana/Practice like there is no tomorrow….
    I totally agree with you Kate…

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