Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and could give the Beloved His choice,
Some nights He would just drag you around the room by your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.

Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds all your erroneous notions of truth
That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,
Causing the world to weep on too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us up in a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.
The Beloved sometimes wants to do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear He is in such a "playful drunken mood"
Most everyone I know quickly packs their bags
And hightails it out of town.

Talking about a "playful drunken mood," way to go Wisconsin! 


Here's a practice to rip you to pieces. Have a wonderful time!

  1. Sukhasana  (Easy Pose)
  2. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  3. Breath of Joy (8x)
  4. Begin lightly jumping, feet barely leaving floor
  5. Taking 30 seconds or so, continue to increase height of jumps until you are jumping as high as you can. 
  6. Take feet 2-3 feet apart. Swing arms and twist torso, pretending your arms are empty coat sleeves, letting them gently hit your body. Exhale "Ha!" as you twist. 1-2 minutes.
  7. Tadasana
  8. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
  9. Uttanasana (Forward Fold)
  10. Ardha Uttanasana  (Half Forward Fold or Pike Position)
  11. Utkatasana
  12. Tadasana
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 six to twelve times. 
  14. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
  15. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  16. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  17. Vinyasa to Tadasana 
  18. Breath of Joy (8x)
  19. Repeat steps 14-18 on other side
  20. Prasarita Padottanasana (Standing Wide Leg Forward Fold)
  21. Folding forward still, bring torso towards on one. Coming through center, repeat on other side. 
  22. Slight backbend on coming up, hands interlocked behind back
  23. Prasarita Padottanasana, hands interlocked behind back
  24. Slight backbend on coming up
  25. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Foward Fold)
  26. Urdhva Dhanurasana, gently coming up by placing one hand behind your sitz bones and bending knees (so feet can be flat on floor), only using one arm as you slightly straighten legs to bring sitz bones off of floor (Upward Bow)
  27. Repeat steps 25 and 26, other arm
  28. Tarasana (Star Pose)
  29. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist). Repeat other side
  30. Savasana

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