Today, of course, is Christmas. Perhaps not the biggest holiday for an Ashtanga blog but still one that can’t really be ignored. (Lots of shalas, I’ve noticed, are closed for the holidays, for instance.)

On one level, this holiday is about giving and receiving — the very net of attachment, from which yogis supposedly are trying to gain release. To say they achieve mixed success is probably an optimistic assessment I’ll tie to the holiday.

But giving and receiving aren’t all bad. For a little proof, take a look at Tim Miller’s blog thoughts this week:

The act of gift giving enlarges the soul of the giver if it is done in the proper spirit, and makes the recipient feel loved and appreciated—especially if it is a particularly thoughtful gift. The gift needn’t be a thing—it could be some type of service—and if it is a thing it needn’t be fancy or costly, it just needs to come from the heart. Quality definitely trumps quantity in the realm of gift giving. One of the people that I like to give gifts to sometimes is myself.

Find out what he likes to give himself and how it involves David Swenson. And have a Merry Christmas and a jolly practice, if you practice today.

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