Anchored in Practice

Anchored in Practice

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share some time with an incredible musician and human being, Krishna Das. For those of you who are not familiar with him, he is one of the great bhakti yogis of our time, who shares his devotion through music and chant.

I asked him a question that has been in my heart for a very long time:

“Inside myself is a longing that is hard to put into words. It’s a longing to connect to Source and to truly know and remember myself as this Presence. However I can get lost in this yearning and unable to find my way out. Even though I know that all I need to do is look within, there are times when I just don’t feel I can access It/Me. What do I do with this pain inside when I feel my sense of separation?”

Krishna Das’ response: (from my best recollection, any mistakes are mine):
“That is what the practices are for. You anchor yourself in the practice, whether it is chant, asana, meditation, whatever. It’s like how a ship at sea will blow around with the storm…the ship needs an anchor in order for it to get steady. Or like how you can’t pick yourself up physically…try it (he says with a coy smile)…you can’t do it. You need some leverage. The practice is the leverage.”

What a beautiful and simple reminder. This is what the practices of yoga are all about – to help us drop into a state of presence where we can access our point of connection to the wholeness of our being.

So when the winds of change blow this Fall, anchor into your breath and your practice. Let it guide you home.

with warmth,


Alice Hong

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