You have inspired my weekly Random Note of Gratitude! Often when inspired by an individual, I will actually send my note to another person with the same name, but this time I wanted to go direct to the source. That being said, as much as this is a love letter for you, it is also a love letter for Matthew Sanfords everywhere and for all human beings really.
By complete, utter “random google chance” I have stumbled upon your work – or rather, my mom did and shared it with me. Your grueling, bittersweet, and profoundly life affirming journey and the quiet simplicity and beauty with which your words express that has touched me deeply and captured my imagination. In a world where perfect bodies doing perfect yoga poses are but an instagram feed away, your book “Waking” has triggered me to remember why I loved yoga the first time I got on my mat and why I continue to practice today. Exhilarating though the striking of poses may be, for me it is the creating of space to embrace and breathe into the silence, dark though I fear it may be, that is the truly sweet and transformative work. It’s at this intersection that I am able to connect my mind with my body, if only for a fleeting moment, and sip the sweet nectar of presence in being.
From the bottom of my singing heart, I thank you Matthew for bravely being who you are, for courageously having the experiences you have had, and for transforming them into your magnum opus. The world breathes easier because of you.
With love and gratitude,
More about Matthew Sanford and his amazing book "Waking" here.