“The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within that endangers him, not the storm without.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This storm often manifests itself in the mind; or in the challenge of the asana practice, we experience it in the panic rhythm of our breath. We attempt to keep this storm at bay by constantly engaging in exercise, tasks, errands, conversation, thinking, eating, etc… Anything to keep us moving because the moment we stop, we fear the storm will overwhelm us.

“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” – Zen saying

“We see things not as they are, but as we are.” – H.M. Tomlinson

If our life is chaotic and we feel overwhelmed, to believe this storm is happening to us rather than through us is the illusion that keeps us suffering. What we know in yoga is that relief is close at hand… within the quiet of the breath, the stillness of the mind and the harmonious health of our body. This is the calling that leads us to our mats and the journey we continue as we walk away from them.