For as long as I can remember, I have been trying to find a way to make each day count, to live each day as if it were my last. This has emerged as the central theme in my spiritual practice and rituals (meditation/yoga/chanting/etc.), which basically are all about being free from the runway freight train in my mind and using the senses for spiritual growth.
The Wild YearsAs a teenager, I really wanted to learn the art and science of simply being alive, of experiencing the world in and around me with integrity, insight and peace. As a young adult, I turned to nature as the teacher, moved to the Rockies, and led an outdoor life. In those years when I was out in the mountains or desert hiking, climbing or skiing, I felt such a high from being in my body and in the wilderness. I remember lying in my sleeping bag at night thinking to myself 'if today was my last day, it was as good as it gets.
The Yoga YearsAfter many miles and years of questing and adventuring, I settled into the yoga lifestyle. Yoga and meditation have taught me to refine the process of tuning in, to still me mind and control my senses. Practice has given me more steadiness in my mind as well as in my heart.
Yoga has been a bit like taking the wilderness experience inside my own the skin. Yoga offers me access to the infinite, connection with my true nature which is also part of the universal spirit.At its best, yoga gives one knowledge (jnana) to put into enlightened interaction with others (karma) and virtuous engagement in the world. Knowledge and action are the double-edge sword of yoga. Sharpening the karma side of it, putting knowledge to work, has been the most difficult for me.