Might and effortlessness

October 14, 2018



We examined the crossroads between mightiness and effortlessness this week. Can you be intensely engaged and still capture a thread of effortlessness? Sometimes when something is hard, we just don’t do it. Other times, we take on the challenge but we’re tense, angry, and stressed as we go about it.

I mentioned to students that I sometimes revisit portions of themes that have something universal to us as humans. To be fully present in a challenge and to be able to maintain a bit of peace or calm is not easy. It sounds straightforward but its not easy to implement. My thoughts land on this concept of “letting go of the struggle”. I think sometime it’s not the hard yoga pose, or the needed conversation or the tough work problem that is the challenge, but its the struggle we layer on top of a challenge.


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What is the key

To untie the knot of your mind's suffering?


Is the esoteric secret

To slay the crazed one whom each of us

Did wed

And who can ruin

Our heart's and eye's exquisite tender


Hafiz has found

Two emerald words that



That I now cling to as I would sacred

Tresses of my Beloved's 


Act great.

My dear, always act great.

What is the key 

To untie the knot of the mind's suffering?

Benevolent thought, sound

And movement.

~ Hafiz



 Fall YOga Retreat 2014, Hidden Villa

Fall YOga Retreat 2014, Hidden Villa