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Thinking Is Not Living

This morning in my Yoga practice, I found myself drifting away from the

world of my sensations, to the world of my thoughts. The world of

sensations and emotions is rich, vibrant, and colorful, while the world

of thoughts can be flat and two-dimensional.

“Why am I here?” I asked myself every time I caught myself in the

world of thoughts. Then I would tap myself on the shoulder, so to

speak like my old Zen master used to do to us, and say “Back to the

moment you go.”

In this morning’s Yoga practice, I had to guide myself back to the experience

of being, over and over and over again. The habit of hiding away from

life, in the cocoon of our thoughts is strong. Somewhere in the past, a

threat, a painful or scary experience, had caused us to contract. We

shrunk away from our life force and from our moment-to-moment


Then we became trapped in our safe smallness and allowed our minds

to entertain thoughts about life, instead of living it. In the thinking

world, our breath is shallow, our energy moves slowly and sluggishly,

our emotions are not fully experienced or expressed, and our thinking

mind gets fatter and fatter. So now what?

First, one must ask oneself, “Do I want to live here, in this thinking

world, or do I want to return to the living world?” Many choose to stay;

some choose to return. If you choose to come back to living, get ready

to master a fierce commitment to regain your aliveness. It is a moment-

to-moment choice to feel, to allow the energy to move, to accept what

is there, to surrender, and to let yourself slowly expand through the ups

and downs of emotions, energy, and sensations.

Slowly and surely, you become comfortable with living, and the river

that is your being begins to merge into the universal grand flow.

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