To FIND is to locate or attain something by search or effort. Every person should be alone some part of each day and each week. To find oneself. When you are a stranger to yourself, then you are estranged from others. If you are out of touch with yourself, then you cannot touch others. Spend time alone. Get in touch with yourself. Then reach out and touch another person. You will be amazed how you brighten their world.
Chuckanut Bay, Bellingham, Washington
"I find myself when I spend time alone."
Yoga Pose: Bound Angle Pose Baddha Konasana
Although this pose is seemingly simple, it uses core strength to maintain a lengthened spine and requuires some hip flexibility. It offers a way to sit with yourself wherever you are at the moment.
Foundation. From a seated position with your legs extended, bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together.
Legs. Keep the thighs relaxed, press your knees towards the ground. If flexibility is limited, slide your feet away from your pelvis.
Arms. Bring your hands together in front of your heart in Anjuli Mudra (prayer). Let your elbows point down.
Torso. Lengthen your spine, while you continue to root through the pelvis to fully connect to the ground, drawing energy from Mother Earth. Lift through the top of the sternum without pushing the front ribs forward.
Gaze. Close your eyes, gaze inward. Breathe. Sigh. Set your mind free. Pause. Connect with yourself. To come out of the pose, draw your knees together, placing the soles of your feet on the ground and rise to a standing position.
B R E A T H E
Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek, Arizona