This blog is about sharing the stories of life that help me and hopefully inspire you to take your yoga practice off the mat and into your everyday life. I've been sharing stories in my drop in yoga classes for years and it always opens my heart when a student comes back to me and says "remember when you told about . . ." and then shares a piece of their own inspiring story with me.
In 2008 I took a trip to India with my teachers, a group of newly graduated certified Purna Yoga teachers and my then 13 year old daughter. There are probably 108 stories I could share from that trip but the one I want to share today is about the picture in the header of this page. We were standing at Red Fort and listening to our guide share about an optical illusion designed into the Fort. If you stand over where the people in the picture are, you can see the magnitude, beauty and closeness of the Taj Mahal, but from where I took the picture it looks small and far away. It's just a matter of perspective.
Having just stood on the marble at the Taj Mahal, I had been awed by its master craftsmanship--there are carvings in the marble that even the finest artisans of today cannot replicate--and moved by the feeling of love that it held. Now standing at Red Fort I could see and feel none of this, simply because of the perspective created by the optical illusion. In meditation we realize that there is a depth of love equally close, equally amazing and we just need to shift our perspective to realize how close it really is to our present position and reality.
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