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We are always turning toward something.

A moment calls. A flash of light, a comment from a friend, the need to work, to feed ourselves, to love.  A thought grabs our attention, and we hop on that thought train until it crashes, or switches tracks and we turn toward a new thought, in a new direction.  Turning, always turning, until exhausted or simply ready, we re-turn.

Return.  Return to that thing that feeds us, that thing that leads us to a deeper sense of life.  A sort of pausing. A calling maybe – meaningful work, art or yoga, or words.  For some, prayer or meditation.  A centering, a grounding.  Who am I, beyond all of this turning?  And what, in this context, do I know?

I often feel as if life does not go in circles so much as in spirals.  You come around again, return to what feels like that same old starting place (argh, haven’t I been here before?) but then you realize:  something has shifted.  It looks the same, feels similar, but something is different.

The difference is You.

This journey you have been on, this turning here and there, these circles ~ it has all taken you exactly where you needed to go, and returned you to this moment, here and now, so that you can know it in a new way.

Return.  Maybe we know this place for the first time, as T.S. Elliot suggests, or maybe we think we know it then find that we still have more to do before we really “grok” it. So off we go, turning and re-turning: exploring, learning, loving, growing.


Here’s a suggestion if you feel so inspired:  Return to your creativity.

Write a poem, plant a garden, engage in your yoga practice with an open heart. Dance to the sound of laughter, bake a souffle or a cake or draw a heart in the sand or an angel in the snow.  Return to your heart, return to your joy, and let life unfold itself in your perfect beauty.

Whatever your yoga practice is today, I wish you great happiness and peace ~


“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  T. S. Eliot

Note: A special thank you to Rick Daddario over at 19 Planets Art Blog. His comments here and on his blog inspired this post.  Please go on over and check out his blog – his Haiku are wonderful (and you might just be inspired to create your own!)

I am reminded again that we all need each other, that community is a source that feeds us, reminds us that we are human, and that we are all in this life together.  Thanks to all of you for being here, even in my absence.