In blessing to my teachers
It is not about competing with
anyone else, even my former self,
for flexibility, strength, grace.
It is not about concern
over whether I should risk a pose,
choose the harder variation, or stay in longer.
It is not about the workout, the perceived goal,
though that might be the result.
It is not about blindly following an instruction,
inner listening and I will know.
It is not about no pain, no gain,
push a bit harder.
It is about giving
true, honest, calm consideration.
It is about being present
and breathing, being kind.
It is about incorporation and rest,
honoring and gratitude.
It is about listening to the body speaking.
It is about courage and willingness.
It is not mere tolerance,
but actual acceptance.
Margaret Dubay Mikus
From Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine