Margi Young: The Meaning of Life… and the Dust Mote

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Excellence Reporter: Margi, what is the meaning go life?

Margi Young: The meaning of life? I have no idea! It seems presumptuous to impose our limited perception to so vast a question, yet people’s hubris is just great enough to ask. I think we should not lose sight that we are on a dust mote among millions of dust motes lazily drifting through the rays of light that break through the window of the universe’s living room.

What I do know is that we are stuck together on this dust mote called earth and therefore we need to work hard every moment of every day to create harmony. Especially when life throws us curveballs, it is our responsibility to navigate the challenges with as much grace as we can muster. And be kind to ourselves and others. And connect, and love, and kick some ass, and soften, and relax into the mystery of the meaning of life.

Oh, it is a task to wake up daily and do the best one can to get through the day with some grace. But here we are stuck in this time, the present, on this endangered planet and our actions carry us through each frame of this movie called life. Our intelligence and  intentions allow us  to shape the future. When we see the future as a chain we forge, or a foundation we lay, or a seed we plant in the present, then we realize we have a connection to life that can transcend our limited time.

So let’s nuzzle into this dust mote, and let the present wake us up. It’s moments like these that I like to look back at the incredible web that the world has woven for me. I chose strands that please me, discard the flowed ones, and I set myself up to add to that web knowing that my strands might be taken up in the future and woven into an even greater present. I still have no idea what the meaning of  life is, but I do know that life is not solitary or lived in a vacuum. Maybe realizing our connection to space and time, past, present, and future, and all those other motes on motes on motes out there can help us take a step outside ourselves and move forward with some ease and joy as a part of something glorious.


~Margi Young was recently named one of the hundred most influential yoga teachers in America by Sonima. Her classes emphasize correct alignment, hard work, and intense relaxation so that the benefits of yoga reveal themselves. She roots her alignment-based vinyasa classes both in Buddhist philosophy and in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to invite the physical practice to result in a calm mental state. She offers personal attention, both verbal and hands-on, to help her students clarify and deepen their practice. Taking a cue from the Buddha, Margi’s classes are light-hearted; it is imperative that we come together and study this vast subject with joy.

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Categories: Yoga

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