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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 36 wide. But even though many of us have made this a guiding principle in our lives, we forget. We just forget that we (people, bugs, dolphins, eagles, poodles, et al) are all interdependent. I have found yoga practice to be prac- tice, a grounded method of imprinting this sense of connection. In yoga we are always exploring the results of our ac- tions, in immediate ways such as how planting the four corners of the foot cre- ates stability, and in long-term ways such as how kindness to others shows up as a result of being patient and curious during hamstring stretches. At the end of the day, the measure of our practice is how we interact with oth- ers. Those “other” beings aren’t really others after all; they are us and we are them. Just as the love and kindness, fun and firmness my mom showed me when I was a child has made it natural for me to return the favor, it also created the condi- tions for me to care about and help “others.” Isn’t that what our practice is supposed to do? Isn’t that what our parents are sup- posed to do? The Rube Goldberg contraption is now evolving into a perpetual motion machine. Science says that perpetual motion machines cannot exist because, due to friction or air resistance, they lose more energy than they create. Can we find a way to just keep going? Can we deny the law that says energy cannot be created or destroyed and continue to recycle our own air/wind energy? Bud- dhism says that our mind rides on our wind, our breath, our prana. If we don’t resist the way the wind is blowing, the ac- tual situation at hand, then we can ride our mind and be free. I’m not going to let this make me tired. I’m going to keep going—inhale, exhale, stay present, lift your leg toward me, good job, Mom. You took care of me, now I take care of you—a perpetual motion machine. I will try not to let my mind wander and wonder who will take care of me. I will practice literally going one step at a time. ♦ MAY 18-41.indd 36 MAY 18-41.indd 36 3/6/08 11:17:31 AM 3/6/08 11:17:31 AM