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The Power of Perception

I often find myself coming back to a quote by David Swenson:

“It’s easy to make things more difficult.  It’s difficult to make things easy. “

I love this quote because it is as true on the mat as it is off the mat.  On the mat it’s often easy to get caught up in the perceived complexity of the physical practice and to find yourself muscling through a practice that was intended to be far more subtle.  If we can view our practice as simply a breathing practice, with the movement, shapes and postures being layered on top of a foundation of fluid breath, then we can begin to cultivate a greater sense of grace & ease.

Similarly, a lot of our difficulty and struggle in life comes from our perceptions.  Our experience in life is often less determined by our physical circumstances and more effected by how we choose to perceive our circumstances.  So allow your yoga to empower you to create your own reality, extend it from the inside out.  Allow yourself to touch upon ease even within the effort, to find that sense of comfort even amidst the discomfort.  Yoga is likely not going to change your life, but it can empower you to change how you choose to perceive it.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. shefskitchen #

    love the writing and really like that quote. was missing your posts.

    October 3, 2010
  2. Priis #

    nice post…thanks for sharing some Swenson & Singh! 🙂

    October 3, 2010
  3. rosanne #


    October 4, 2010
  4. Manju Jhawar #

    Read few times to get the deeper meanning of perception. ……Specially these lines….”a lot of our difficulties… choose to perceive it”.
    Well written………..enjoy reading.

    October 20, 2010

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