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Lions Roar : September 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2007 24 returning to the home base of the breath translated into action as she became more conscious of her tendency to exaggerate. In meditation, this is called taking a fresh start and it can be applied to any activity, including dishonest speech or behavior. You may not chronically inflate sto- ries like my friend, but you might find your honesty slipping if it gets in the way of what you want. Observe a typical yoga class. To prevent injury and get the most benefit from asana practice, I en- courage my yoga students to be honest with themselves about what their current abilities are. But for some, the craving to touch their toes is so overwhelming that they crunch up their necks, smother their hearts, and risk straining their backs just for the fleeting sensation of fingertips on toe tips. This kind of denial is another form of dishonesty (as well as aggression) and, in this case, it can mean losing out on the benefits of a safe and appropriate forward bend. Perhaps these examples are small pota- toes in the bigger world of bold-faced lies and malicious deceit, but a big deal is a small deal that grew. When we walk through the world on a ground of dishonesty, our fundamental perception of reality starts to dissolve. We no longer recognize that we al- ready have everything we need to be happy. Then, thinking that what we have or who we are isn’t good enough, we embellish the truth to compensate. Knowing that thought turns into speech, which turns into action, which ultimately affects our whole world, it’s fortunate that meditation can provide a clear vantage point from which to make choices about what you say to yourself and others. Honestly, isn’t that how you would rather live? ♦ Developing clarity in relationship to our own mind-habits is the first step toward shifting our patterns of speech and action. WWHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY LOOK LIKE? While aging, sickness and death are inevitable, financial crisis may be optional. Long-term care fractures families. We view long-term care insurance as a compassionate act. A practical approach to practice - later on. We specialize in Long-Term Care Insurance, it is the only thing we do. LONG-TERM CARE — AN INSURABLE RISK Toll-free: 888.793.6111 (9-5 EST) E-mail: