Small talk bores me.
When I ask you how you are, please don’t say, “Fine.”
(Unless you say, “Fiiiinnnne!”)
When I ask you how you are, I really want to know.
I believe in going deep.
In diving in.
In delving in.
The paradox is the deeper we go, the further we fly.
In the physical body, we can experience this by going deep into the strength and stability of the legs and core. The more we tap into our power there, the further we can reach out.*
For more on this, check out my Explore from Core post which, in turn, has links to other core-centric posts.
Of course, going deep isn’t only a physical experience. Our willingness to go deep ourselves directly impacts our willingness to be present and connected with others. As Pema Chödrön beautifully puts it:
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Let’s dive deep, friends.
* The inspiration for this week’s focus was not just Ben Howard’s beautiful song quoted in the art above but also some slow, down deep yoga classes with the brilliant Amy Kidd. Thank you Ben & Amy.