It is wonderful to approach the end of a yoga class with the recitation of an inspirational passage. This book has many meaningful narratives that resonate with those of us who open up completely during a powerful practice and lie still waiting to be filled with words of wisdom. After enjoying this book read to me during Savasana like a bedtime story I chose to purchase the book for myself and relish each daily intention written by Mark Nepo, a talented poet and teacher. Here is a passage from his contribution for January 20th regarding being easily pleased:
The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are. — Mark Nepo
Nepo follows his daily intentions with suggested meditations that relate to the particular reflection for that day. Here is an example from Being Easily Pleased:
- Center yourself and bring to mind a time that you were demanding or particular beyond the need to take good care of yourself.
- Meditate on what it was you were truly asking for by being so demanding.
- If you needed attention, acknowledge that need now with your next breath, and give attention to whatever is near.
- If it was the need to be seen as special, exhale that need now, and see the things before you as special.
- If it was the need to be loved, release that need now, and love whatever is in your path.
- Enter your day and give what you need, and over time feel the specialness of the world return it to you.