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Balance: Bridge the Divide

“The mind creates the abyss and the heart crosses it.” ~Tara Brach

Tara Brach, psychologist, and spiritual guide, describes what causes a disconnect between ourselves and others in our lives and in the world -- our negative beliefs that are rooted in fear. 

We disconnect from ourselves when we believe we are falling short and should be different. We can disconnect from others based on the same beliefs about them. 

Tara has often described one strategy that can help us bridge the divide. It is called RAIN --Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture. 

Recognize the belief that is keeping you feeling separate from yourself and/or others.

Allow it to be there along with the feelings that arise from it.

Investigate where the belief comes from and the separation it is causing in your life.

Nurture yourself with some kindness and compassion. Perhaps that compassion could overflow to others. 

Perhaps our hearts can find a way to cross the abyss.

This week we will have a particular focus on balance, physical balance for our safety and well-being, and the balance of the heart that can help us bridge the divide to connection with ourselves and others.

“Believing there is a bridge from where you are to where you want to go is 99% of the battle. The other 1% is to cross it.” ― Richie Norton

“What's the difference between people who see and seek gaps and those that see and seek bridges? The first stops and stays on the side. The second crosses and reaches new worlds.”  ― Richie Norton

As soon as your mind identifies the bridge, the gap is gone...but the bridge was always just had to see it. ― Richie Norton

There are holes in the ground, yet a bridge (which is there, but may take time to see) filled it. That's where asking better questions comes in. Where is the bridge so I can cross? There is one. ― Richie Norton

But do I have to build the bridge? Maybe. But everything is first created in the mind and then in the world. The bridge is there. See it. Cross it.” ― Richie Norton

Hope you can make it to Willow Street Yoga from 11 am until 12:30 pm on this and every Wednesday for our Gentle Yoga class. You can sign up in advance at or at the door.


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