Last week I was on retreat with my beloved teacher Douglas Brooks in Western NY. In one of our sessions he was talking about the two bike accidents he had recently been in. He shared that someone came up to him and asked him when he was going to stop riding. He's reply was never, I don't plan to die in advance.

Those words 'don't die in advance' struck a cord in my heart. I started thinking where in my life am I not looking at things are they really are? Where have I given up too early even if the door was closed on the 1st or 2nd try?

The yogic path invites us to step to the edge of life and look over the cliff, to face challenges and honor the cycles, while remembering that risk is part of the path.

So don't die in advance.