Last night I was honored to teach an amazing group of students at Yoga on the Pier in Philly. It is located at the end of Race street and right below the massively beautiful Ben Franklin Bridge. This is a spectacular location and one of the coolest places I have ever taught yoga. The packed pier was vibrating with urban sounds and the union of breath and movement. This, along with the sunset, gave me the courage to read aloud a poem that I wrote this winter.
During a silent meditation retreat this past winter I wrote a collection of poems. While writing is a solitary venture, writing poetry feels like a partnership with the rhythm and sounds deep in my soul. It requires courage to sit in the stillness, silence, spaciousness and listen to what is working through me and wants to emerge.
Here it is:
E S S E N T I A L
Clear out all of your stuff
inside and out.
Keep only that which is essential to your spirit.
Be ruthless and shed.
Come to what is essential and steep there.
It is here at this place you will see clearly.
This place you will let go.
This place where you will finally be fully alive and free.