The text is neatly pinned to the wall above the entrance of the Yoga Workshop studio in Boulder. It’s there as a quiet reminder to all the morning yogis as they finish their practice, role their mats up and take the first step out into the world outside the shala space. This month with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor has very much been about remembering this part of our daily investment of practice and repeated inquiry. That this whole thing about optimizing yourself on all levels, in the end, is for the benefit of other beings, not for the uplifting feeling of making ourselves more grand.
And it’s been pointed out to us that when the efforts of the practice really sinks in, we can expect to start feeling more and more ordinary, instead of more and more extraordinary.