Lightly, lightly – Aldous Huxley

After over a year of working out hard, I thought it could be interesting to start yoga again. I took the opportunity of an inexpensive beginners’ series at the local YMCA to go… 

And I discovered this:

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.

Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me…So throw away your baggage and go forward.

There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.

That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, on tiptoes and no luggage, not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.

– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963). Island

Thanks to our instructor, Kelly, for reading this to us as we were ending our first session. This is quite what we all need these days, as seriousness is all around us. This ties quite well with Rule #6 from the Art of Possibility.

I am so glad I got so many occasions to think differently and to learn so much. Joining the Y might have been one of the best decisions of this current chapter of my life. So many opportunities to grow…

Image credits. Serena, Flickr.

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