STANDING TALL

 September 26

     When I was a young girl my parents put a lot of attention into my posture. At about the age of six, my mother would stack a few books on my head and have me walk around the living room balancing the books. It was a fun game and I got pretty good at it.

      Years later, yoga came into my life. One of the important points I gleaned from its teachings is that posture is much more than a straight spine. Posture is how we walk our lives. It is a language we speak to the world around us. For a short period I studied Zen Buddhism at Mt. Baldy Zen Center. A visiting journalist asked the Roshi what the teaching of Zen had brought to the West. His answer was strong and simple. "Posture and breathing," he answered.

     We are so often cought up in our minds that we are not able to experience our lives as whole body-mind-spirit beings. James Joyce began his novel The Dubliners with the sentence, "Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body." How true this is for many people. We think others don't know what is going on inside of us when in reality we are speaking volumes by our very presence alone.

     I have learned that when you are present in your body and aware of your body from the bottom of your feet to the crown of your head and the breath within your body, you expereince life in a very different say. You become a centered person experiencing the power of your own presence.