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My so-thoughtful friend Gordon surprised me with a copy of Gregor Maehle's Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy the other evening. I love Maehle's work and have found his writing very useful over the years, so was pleasantly excited to sit down with his book yesterday.

Gordon and I got to talking about Maehle and his acknowledgments. In the front of the book, before even the table of contents, Maehle writes this:

To the first and foremost of all teachers,
who has been known by various names,
such as the Brahman, the Tao, the Lord, and the Mother,
and who, after all names are left behind,
is still there as the incomprehensible, luminous,
vibrant, silent, vast emptiness in my heart.

G found himself not sitting well with this idea of the divine as emptiness. I found myself lost in the perfection of that definition. Sunyata, emptiness, the void, all of it; thank you, Gregor Maehle, for that. It feels honest, true, right to me. And I've kept the page open here next to my desk as a reminder ever since.


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