“Be bent, and you will remain straight.
Be vacant, and you will remain full.
Be worn, and you will remain new.”
I realize that this is probably an uninteresting topic for those who do not follow professional football, but I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the young linebacker from the 49ers who retired after only one season in the NFL because he was wary of head trauma. Chris Borland was on track to make millions of dollars, but he gave it all up because he concluded that the money wasn’t worth the risk of possibly becoming mentally impaired, physically disabled, or ultimately unable to enjoy life after his playing years. While this decision has been conventionally unpopular and has even drawn harsh criticism, I happen to find it inspiring. When people in our society have the courage to listen inwardly and re-evaluate what actually gives meaning to their lives based on the signals that surface from their gut and from their heart, I think it’s kind of heroic.
Each time we practice yoga, we reaffirm our innate urge to feel well and to live fully. Obviously there can never be a dollar value associated with these qualities because money is an abstraction, whereas wellness is an actual experience of reality. If you’d like to experience openness, lightness, and calmness of being, then come join me this Sunday at 1pm for another amazing session of Learning the Ropes. And if you’re still considering this year’s Spring Retreat, which promises to be a nourishing 4 days of renewal and inspiration on many levels, then the time to act is now!