the stinky, sticky muck 

Bloodworms, which are terrific fishing bait, are dug from the slimy, ooze of the tidal flats. It’s backbreaking work done with a set of tines, one stroke at a time.

As yogis, we are called not to reject our past experiences or to sweep them under the rug. We are to have the wisdom and courage to look at them deeply. They will be the authentic source of learning about who we are and what we might become.

We are not called to become a goody two shoes, but our real, fully authentic selves.