A Thief

phheadstandssmTo fall is connected with trying.

In a Corner of the Body,
A Thief Sits Waiting

In a corner of the body,
a thief sits waiting
to steal your affection.
Like a pickpocket in the black market,
he hides in the dark alleys of the body,
but your virtues are a lantern
rooting him out.

Catch a glimpse
as he rounds the corner
hoping to hide in the hip joint.
Watch him fly
as he darts between the shoulder blades,
wedges himself therein.
Marvel as he ducks
under the sacrum, sticks there
like a thumbtack.
Rejoice to see him tumble
headfirst into the pelvic bowl,
jeering as he peers around its rim.

Don’t let his alacrity fool you.
He’s as slow as what limits you,
holding you back just as much.
Once you catch him with your awareness,
don’t throw him into prison.
Don’t bind him up in rope.
Rather, hang him out in the light,
and praise him effusively.

For when the chase is over,
he will have taught you
the many secrets of the maze,
and you can start to polish
all those precious gems
he’s been guarding.

~ Leza Lowitz

Do your practice and all is coming. ~ Sri K. Patthabi Jois
Namaste. =)

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