Living with spaciousness

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Pop quiz: If the 22 bus to Yoga Tree takes 40 minutes and Relax and Renew®️ training starts at 12:30 p.m., why did I leave the house at 11 a.m.?

Answer: Yutori!

I’ve been practicing yutori for years. But I didn’t know its name until the most recent Office Hours on Pratyahara with Judith and Lizzie Lasater. 

I love how the poet Naomi Shihab Nye describes yutori. After a recent trip to Japan, she remembers, “A girl wrote me a note in Yokohama on the day that I was leaving her school that has come to be the most significant note any student has written me in years. She said, “Well, here in Japan, we have a concept called ‘yutori.’” And it is spaciousness. It’s a kind of living with spaciousness. For example, it’s leaving early enough to get somewhere so that you know you’re going to arrive early, so when you get there, you have time to look around.”

Do yutori too?