Monday, May 26, 2008

One step at a time

I like maps. And guidebooks. And, you know, books of instructions.
They make me feel like the world is a safer place because it has been documented.

We have a ridiculous number of photos of me consulting maps - in Paris, in London, in Melbourne. In the Melbourne Aquarium. I mean, really. A map? To navigate the aquarium? Yes. I did. And I made my poor, long-suffering husband do it too.

Another thing I keep reminding myself of right now: how many migrants have come to these shores before me. And survived. And prospered. There is even a flashy monument with the numbers of people who have come from Eritrea, Macedonia, everywhere. And a museum. I have visited the monument, but not the museum yet. Soon.

It's like Mr Desikachar says in his translation of the Yoga Sutra (yes, the one I almost always consult):

When we are confronted with problems, the counsel of someone who has mastered similar problems can be a great help.
YS 1.37

Such counsel can come directly from a living person or from the study of someone alive or dead.

It's all yoga. Even the difficult stuff. Especially the difficult stuff, actually.


shinyruby2 said...

aren't those sutras the clincher?!

they may be thousands of years old, but gee, they are spot on..

keep exploring lovely x

Everyday Yogini said...

So right. As scary and hard and horrible as the difficult stuff seems to be, if we embrace it, it transforms us. That's the stuff of miracles, don't you think?

rand(om) bites said...

Thanks for sharing this hon and I also find solace in putting my difficulties in perspective - just how bad is it really? LOL at the photos of you and maps, we all have quirks :-)

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Kat said...

Halfway through my life and just realizing....duh!...that everything is part of the path. Love those Desikachar quotes.

Total Health Yoga - Kris said...

I, too, LOVE Desikachar. You've been to India, perhaps you've had the pleasure to meet him. Alas, I have not, but his words and wisdom are priceless.

Missing you and other great bloggers, but have re-prioritize my life lately.

Always wishing you the best--even if I'm not as active in the blogging world. So glad to see you're situating nicely in your new home. How exciting and marvelous. If you meet Rand(OM) bites, give each other huge hugs from me :-)

Love and Namaste,