I am so envious! Many people have written glowingly about their yoga practice, but you -- as always -- have such singular precision and elegance in describing exactly what this commitment has done for you. I would love to learn how to center my own thoughts in my body, relieving the weary cerebrum of its more impossible conundrums and dilemmas -- to temper my perfectionism and "let messy, inconsistent life be what it is"-- to "delight in my body," aging and cranky as it may be.
You have also encouraged and inspired me with programs such as the interview with the young man who teaches yoga though severely damaged by an automobile accident in early adolescence. My own disability descended on me in midlife, when spinal hardware implanted years earlier insidiously turned me into a genuine "hunchback" -- you know, the kind of person, formerly fairly decent-looking, who must suddenly accustom herself to horrified looks and sidewalk gaper's delays! (An estimated one million Boomers are expected to develop the same iatrogenic deformity, since the crippling, now-notorious Harrington rod was the gold standard in scoliosis treatment from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.) After undergoing a number of massive revision surgeries to break and remake my twisted spine, I am now fused all the way from T2 to S1.Were it not for "On Being"" I would still consider yoga impossible for someone like me. Your commentary on your own yoga practice reminds me that I must look for some modified version that even I might be able to do. Thank you for the reminder -- and thank you, also, for all that you have done through the years to infuse us 21st-century wayfarers with resurgent hope. Having sojourned in the land of fearsome despair yourself, in that age-old slough of despond, you bear admirable and persuasive witness to the reality of grace: to the possibility of transcendence, epiphany, even rebirth. I am so profoundly grateful for your wise, intelligent, empathic presence on the airwaves and in our lives.
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