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Blue_yagoo  🙏God is my Coach. 👁Somewhere along the path. 💛Proud Wife and Mom 🎓MS in Management 🎨Art musings: @ceruleanism 🌿Vegetarian life ✌️

In high school, my best friend looked at me one day, quite disgusted, and told me I was being a self-righteous jerk (I am paraphrasing)... ha. But the line she used cut like a knife. She started the sentence off with my name, looked me in the eye, put me in my place, and walked off. The thing is, it wasn’t mean-hearted. She was fed up, was being honest, and she was RIGHT. The fact that she was right hurt just as much as realizing how I had hurt her with whatever I said at the time.
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I could kind of see it then. I knew she was right. But I wasn’t at a place in life where I knew how to attack what was going on inside me. At the time, I remember feeling protective of my opinion - holding some ideal on a pedestal. But my empathy was crap. And I relapsed so many times back into that habit of a judgmental mentality, after her pointed declaration... I didn’t always see it in myself.
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20-some years later, I feel like only the last two years have only really started to tackle the root of that issue. I’ve told many of you before, but yoga has been an enormous catalyst in my walk with God, to figure out/unwork all the human attachments/issues our soul collects and connects to it, once it arrives here on Earth.
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One reason I’ve found it difficult to post these past couple of years is that as soon as I make a statement, I almost immediately see the counter-argument or counter-perspective to the statement - like hyper-awareness of the contextual fabric of everything. On the other hand, I’m not a fan of wish-washy statements (for goodness sake, say something with meaning, substance, genuiness!!!)... 😐😑😐🤯 .
...So, despite a pretty decent case of brain divergence, I’ve veered pretty sharply down the path of empathy. It feels like every post should be a conversation, not a statement; I want to deliver the context, and perceive your context. Because ultimately, I feel like if we could all just see and genuinely appreciate the context surrounding one another’s actions/reactions, we’d be able to love a lot more deeply. We’d get it. This place would be (closer to) Utopia.
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Happy Friday guys. 💜🙏

☀️💡The practical application of malasana. 😂
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🌊🌿Caught in the enamor of critters and seaweed in tide pools, perched awkwardly on the side of a rock and reaching deeply down toward the water to get the shot with my camera, I realized this really weird position was actually a lot more familiar than something so alien should be. ...It was pretty much #malasana... so I turned the camera around and snapped a pic. 😄😂
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...You can see the photo I was after on my art page: @ceruleanism🌿💙🌊☀️

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Getting the mat to fit in its carrying case ~
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Getting the ego to fit in its “carrying case” ~
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Getting it right takes time.
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#movingmetaphors #attentiontodetail #alwaysunderconstruction #humbletheheartandopentheeyes #beyondthemat

Yikes 😳 ...Have been a bit busy I suppose (last post was April 6th...)
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Running some pike-press stop-motion work this morning - Has a wonderful way of dually getting the blood flowing and calming me; takes oxygen to move muscles, while the balance doesn’t allow me to try to hurry the moment. ...Fantastic metaphor for working to accomplish a lot while maintaining reserved presence in the moment. 😉 On this note, breathing is a thing (in pike-press AND life)...🤓
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Happy Thursday!!! 🙏
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(Vid real time.)

...Some days I’m just glad the hair gel didn’t make it onto the toothbrush...
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😳😂 Happy Friday!! I hope you guys have a great day out there!

Decomposition of the “not-enoughing” critic.
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Did you give the moment your honest best?
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This pic was captured at the beginning of my practice - It was the “rough draft” as I worked to wake things up. Opening in anything splits takes me a long time and I wanted to see where it would end up if I tried at the beginning of a practice. I didn’t end up taking another pic later, and all I could think after I saw this shot was “Why didn’t I get my hips higher?... I should retake it.”
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🔹The “not-enouging” critic: “Hips are not high enough.”
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🔹The teacher critique: “...Now, holding all other alignment, reeeach those hips to the sky!...”
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...Is the “pull” during the “pull-up” not the action building the strength?... Are the pencil scribbles of the rough draft not the matter that will fuel the black and white of the final printed proof? ...Do we shame the cake as it rises in the oven?...
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😳🤭🍰
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...The rough draft, the intermediate, the space between, the 85%-solution, the process... THE PROCESS.
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It’s not the hold at the top of a pull-up that’s building the most strength - it’s the elevation change on the way up, as we work against gravity. ...It’s the rough draft that’s brain-barfing great ideas onto paper. ...It’s the chemical process of cake + time that makes it rise.
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The “not-enoughing” critic is capturing a single frame, not the movie.
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So DECONSTRUCT, DECOMPOSE, and DIFFUSE the “not-enoughing” critic and get out there and give it your best! We have progress to make. 💪
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Happy Tuesday!!
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...And for the record, if you’re into shaming cakes, we wouldn’t have much to talk about over coffee... 😂 ☕️

Yoga has been the catalyst for bringing Bible passages I had read or memorized as a child, to life in every day application. I remember countless times asking as a young adult (as just one example), “...But HOW do I love my enemy?!...” The answer is “knock, and the door will be opened”. 💜
Keep asking. Keep searching. Keep learning. I come back to the Bible all the time for lessons that yoga has translated over time. One of my favorite passages, and the follow-on to yesterday’s post:
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“1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
-Matthew 7:1-5
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...Kind of alludes to the concept of karma, right?...
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Let’s take care in loving each other a bit more today. ☕️☀️I hope you have a beautiful Monday!!💜🙏
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Vid real time... and anti-climactic for anyone looking for a transition from #kukkutasana... I just hold it for a while after the second vid.

📝The past 5 years of my practice have changed considerably, from a focus on aesthetics, brute strength, and getting “the perfect shot” at the beginning (when I first began practicing yoga), to a steady deconstruction of my inner critic, a parallel taming of the ego, and ultimately, a focus on the matters of the heart today. Especially over the past year, I’ve been a lot less concerned about posting photos when my forehead veins are announcing their presence, when a fold of skin reveals the complex anchors that hold it to bone (aka cellulite), or when lighting reveals blemishes or stressful days at work via shaded semi-circles under my eyes. I’ve also posted a lot less this past year - Instead of feeling like I have to post for the sake of posting to satiate the algorithms out there (even if doing it would actually let my content still reach people, *gack 😐🙄😐... I can tell my content is selectively not shared with followers... Perhaps it costs something now, to reach your own followers... But that’s another story), I will continue to post when I’m particularly moved to share something, not because I feel I have to. ...So that said, yoga has helped me immensely internally, in addition to the external benefits. Arrogance toward myself (from the earlier practice years) has given way to tolerance... Tolerance has given way to acceptance. (“Tolerance” and “acceptance” are very different things btw.). And it’s amazing how when we start to treat ourselves with kindness, we naturally begin to meet others with the same measure. 💜Dropping judgement is an immense weight off of the shoulders... and I’m convinced takes a little bit of weight off the hand balances too. 😉 Forever a student. 🙏

Keeping it simple. Strengthening and stretching, repeating. ☀️☕️ Happy Thursday!!

I’m not sure why we don’t see how ravenously we consume, then wonder why there’s a mindset death-gripped on the physical world. ...while we destroy the planet. We’ll always be afraid of death when we cling to what we think is “life”.
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We’ve got to raise the frequency. ☀️
We’ve got work to do.

Enveloped in a swarm of thoughts, which, if we were sharing conversation over coffee would be morning ramblings that (at least in my opinion) should accompany coffee conversation (at any hour of day)... but thoughts which otherwise, aren’t ready to be pared into something coherent for these squares... So sharing an exploration from practice (wide-armed Tittibhasana A variation). ☕️☀️

Less about struggle with press and bend; more about lighting the soul within.
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#trimmingthelamp #gotime

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