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Let me put it to you simply… opposing energies, both working in our benefit, both taking courage to harness.  Huh?

Simpler … it takes courage to leap forward in life, like the fiery energy of Aries.  AND it takes courage to sit still and examine our stuff that has been shoved into the back corner of our closets (or under the rug) before leaping forward.

It takes courage to do it all. 

I started thinking about it really and … I think we display courage in every waking moment.  I mean, we’re courageous when we speak, we’re courageous when we’re silent.  We are courageous when we try something new, and we’re just as courageous when we sit and wait our turn.

I used to think that courage came from our will, our drive to move forward and follow our passions and … impulses.  I used to think that it took courage to leap without thinking.  And I used to think it took courage to stand for what you believe in and speak your mind.

I still believe that. 

And I think it takes courage to sit and see what happens for a moment.  And I think it takes a helluva lot of courage to listen … especially when you may not like what you hear.  It takes courage to expose your heart and be seen for who you truly are. And it takes courage to accept and unconditionally love those around you.

I used to think it took courage to live and stand in your power.  Now I think it takes courage to live from your heart.  To expose the truth of how you feel without expectation or attachment.  To love without knowing how the other person feels.  To let go not knowing what is next.

I came home from work tonight to some you know, pre-teen drama.  And I witnessed my daughter courageously admitting that she was wrong, saying how she felt, and then taking responsibility for her actions from her heart… on her SLEEVE! So proud, so inspired ..

The world NEEDS courageous hearts … those souls willing to SPILL IT, fall on their face, get back up again and do it again.  The world NEEDS more people willing to LOVE ALL OUT and go ALL IN; diving deep and coming back to the top refreshed and in reverence for it all … every, last bit.

Repeat after me … I am a courageous soul, I am a courageous soul, I am a courageous soul.  Now go be that.

By Dana Damara

“My passion on the mat is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow so you feel that off your mat. Your practice becomes sacred space where you arrive to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in your life."

- Dana Damara: mother, author, yoga instructor, speaker and yogini.

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