Paula will be happy if I pass her message to my students. When reading it I re-understand why we practice yoga. In other words through our continuous yoga practice we cultivate a mind that wonderfully experiences life as it is and enjoys its ups and downs.
"In any given year we can reflect back on our year and recant our experience both good and bad. Yoga, in its many forms, has helped me to gain a deeper understanding and more importantly acceptance of life's inevitable shifts.
No one is except from experiencing both the beauty and the challenges that life has to offer. The Yoga Sutras explains this so elegantly through the dance of the Gunas. The continuous movement of light to dark and back again.
When we can truly see that nothing is wrong, but both sadness and happiness are inherent in the cycles of life, the challenging times become richer in their lessons and the gifts more precious in their beauty.
Knowing that my life is as magical as the changing of day into night, or as beautiful as the turn of the seasons, offers me deep peace and the knowledge that I am part of something much bigger than my particular life situation.
We are both massive and very small. When we can find the wisdom to simply let it be, we can see the innate beauty in everything."