"When we realize that what we are advancing toward is not some physical form but an inward recognition of the truth of who we are, then we will not feel ourselves to be failing if we cannot attain difficult postures. "Advance" practice is any movement that brings us closer to this recognition of our true self." ~ Donna Farhi, Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living
I have to say, I'm more comfortable in my own skin now than I ever have been. But, I occasionally think about the "what if's". I feel myself in a tug of war between trying to get what I want and trying to avoid what I don't want. And when I start to go there and feel frustrated, I try to remind myself that it's all temporary. Everything. Change is the only thing that's certain, right? If I can be a steady rock, and watch the stream flow past me, I will be washed by the water and touched by what floats by without having to respond or worry over every little twig, piece of trash, or boat that comes and threatens to move me.
LIFE: I'm almost 40 years into it, and it's still hard... to ... let ... go of my need to be perfect and validated (click "like" syndrome)... I have to go back to what I love, what I know to be Truth within me which is in essence, "advanced" practice.