In the last days I attended a workshop of Dharma Yoga held by Jerome Burdi in Milan at Baliyoga and I overturned most of my certainties – I'd literally say my point of view. I basically found out that fear doesn't exist. I almost had kind of a suspicion this summer grabbing a rock at 1.500 feet in the air, but still I wasn't completely sure about it. (Don't get me wrong: I thought I would die, I thought I would die for all the way up, I thought. Then I stopped, and came down, and it helped a lot.) A little bit brutal as a first experience on the rocks, but probably I deserved it. I have to say I'm pretty stubborn and most of the time this is a flaw, not a pro. The fact is we regularly identify ourself with our limits. It's natural. It's a fraud apparently connected to self-preservation. Sometimes to overcome them – your limits, you biases, your frames – first thing you need someone that would accept your fear, and see beyond – someone who sees in that dark space for you still unknown. But you need the will. It doesn't matter if you can't get it right the first time, you keep on trying and trying, until something happens, with no expectation, just like love. It's not about willpower, not at all, it's another kind of will. Nothing is given, nor determinate, you can just sharpen your way to deal with life. Yoga teaches you to do this. And then, when you go out of that boundaries in which you had lived until yesterday they suddenly appear so narrow. But to do this you have to reach that limit, day after day, because it's at the border that things happen. Maybe at some point you’ll be tired, demotivated, sad or angry, but never give up because that’s really when you do that step beyond and you can leave your habits. For me practicing yoga is mainly this, it doesn’t matter if you discover a place that everybody else has already seen, for you it will be the first time. I can never express enough gratitude to yoga and amazing people I met thanks to it–for reminding me that it will always be possible to do that step further, first with closed eyes then more and more aware.
Om pavithra pvitro wa sarwavusthang gatopiwa
yaha smret pundrikaksham sa bahyabhyantrha suchi