The Eight Universal Principles for Stepping Up to the Edge

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The edge is  where we come up right up against ourselves and what we can do and be. It is the boundary between where we are and where we grow, the place of comfortable discomfort, where all the growing and healing happens. The edge is the point in every pose when you are still within your capacities but are challenging yourself to go just a little bit farther. Stepping up to this edge and daring to leap is how you break through and thus break with old ways of being.
— Baron Baptiste

Where in your life are you sitting on the edge? 

My edge is standing on the edge of my balcony on the 23rd level, and looking down.

My Edge is the finding the tipping point in Crow Pose.

My Edge is writing about Baptiste Yoga.

My edge is sometimes learning to do less and being more compassionate about myself.

What is your Edge?

The edge really is where fears, worries, doubts and uncomfortable emotion thrives.

I’ve been in a limbo with feelings of unworthiness and shame. It’s not new, because my Lie (or the so-called truth I have been telling myself for the past 40 years) is that I’m not good enough.

The newness is in the anger at others and at myself.

I usually have my Baptiste trainings to fall back on, to be in inquiry to sort my “shit” out. But this year, I had to be a strong No so I can a be Yes to more important matters in my life.

Baron says we have what we need right here. I don’t need to go searching. I don’t need the Baptiste training.

And for a long period, I was lost. I was in hiding and I was masking my real feelings. Because I didn’t think it was the “Right” feeling to have. Like I don’t have the right to be angry. I’m not angry person.

I did discover in Level 2, that I have perpetual sadness and I accepted that. But anger?

I was listening to Jack Kornfield’s meditation podcast where he talks about responding to emotions that show up - with kindness and understanding rather than to react harshly. And that reminded me of Principle No. 5 - “in order to heal you must be feel" - which then inspired to open up Baron’s book - “Journey in Power” and empower myself to live the 8 principles, one principle at a time.

There are 8 Universal Principles to Stepping up to the Edge, according to Baron:

Principle 1: We are Either Now Here or Nowhere

Principle 2: Be in the Now and You’ll Know How

Principle 3: Growth is the most Important Thing There is

Principle 4: Exceed Yourself to Find Your Exceeding Self

Principle 5: In Order to Heal, You Must Feel

Principle 6: Think Less, Be More

Principle 7: We are the Sum Total of Our Reactions

Principle 8: Don’t Try Hard, Try Easy

I could use all the yoga tools I knew in the world like meditating, getting present in the moment, forgiveness plus escaping into my world of romantic novels, to drop the anger, but in actual fact, in not facing my fears, I can’t get away from it.

If you acknowledge the fears whenever it comes up, the more friendly it becomes and has less hold over you.
— Jack Kornfield

I acknowledge there’s more work to be done, and I’m grateful that this work will also allow me to share more of the Baptiste Methodology with you here.

Right now the 8 universal principles maybe just words for you on this page and as Baron says, they may not resonate with you until you are ready.

I’m ready.

I’m ready to acknowledge my fears.

I’m ready to commit to growth.

I’m ready to play with my edges.

Are you ready?


Would love to hear where your edges are in your life, teaching and practice. Please share in the comments below. x

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