Raw, adjective: 9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.
When life gives you a hurricane,
put on your bathing suit
and play outside.
This is my goddaughter Rachel Lynn, in Delaware, as Hurricane Irene began to make landfall this afternoon. Look at the smile on her face. She's fearless, totally fearless, just full of leela (that Sanskrit term for "divine play"). This compared to the fear and anxiety, the clenching, the worst-case-scenario monkey minds running overtime in the media (and on my Facebook feed, yipes) as Irene began to close in.
Would that we could all be so light, so trusting, so fearless. That, there, that whimsy in a bathing suit? Now that's a true yogi. Not overthinking. Not getting lost in imagined futures. Just being present, open, light, willing, at ease, here, now.