I’m hanging at Starbucks Arden Hills, munching on a roasted tomato/mozzarella panini, sipping dark roast, contemplating purusha. It’s a sanskrit word that loosely translates as universal consciousness; limitless, immutable untouchable. I’m going to introduce it to a group of about 70 total yogis tonight in 3 separate sessions. Why? Well, why not….

I say that a lot to myself when life presents itself as hard, unimaginable, stuck; when I encounter yesterday’s mind in today’s body, I open up to purusha, the light within. Oftentimes it manifests as self-forgiveness, self-compassion, unconditional love; munching, sipping, sitting and reflecting, with a little bit of deep diaphragmatic breathing thrown in for good measure. It’s honestly that easy.

Yoga is the yoking of mind body and purusha (spirit, energy, essential nature, take your pick). It invites an awareness of the essence of me that makes my life glimmer. More often than not it starts with the question of why and unravels into the why not. And it inevitably generates these fabulous connections with others.

So today when Doris, age 94, comes to me at the end of our session and says: “I’ll see you Friday, Susan. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” I silently acknowledge the ferocity of our connected lights; joyful, peaceful, free. In concert with one another forever.

About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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  1. Linda R Neff says:

    Your posts are amazingly wonderful and through provoking Susan – thank you for doing this and being the light for all us who are on this gratitude journey with you. xoxo


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