Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Perpetual awesomeness from Susan Piver:
Look, we're just human beings here. The intention of our practice is not to help us transcend the human condition but rather to dive into it in order to live our lives fully, deeply, fiercely. When we embrace our aliveness, we can explore our creativity, be delighted and confounded by it, have our hearts broken by love and the loss of love and the return of love, fulfill out singular mission, and discover the truth of who we really are.

In other words: the point of practicing all this meditation and yoga stuff is not to numb out, and not to exist in some eternal state of faux-bliss. It's to learn to be real. Authentic. True. To slip softly into the ease that comes with that authenticity. And to nimbly surf the waves of each emotion along the way.

Ever grateful for teachers like Susan. And — as much as I like to talk smack about technology — equally grateful for the marvel that is the modern ability for teachings like Piver's to appear in my Inbox every day in written, audio, and video form. We don't even have to leave the house to get such strong doses of this medicine.

How blessed we are.


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