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6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia

9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti

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12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

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1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua

1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/15/2013 - Mwanaisha, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia

5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/13/2013 - Elizabeth, Naivasha, Kenya

11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

4/10/2014 - Karine, Vanadzor, Armenia

4/10/2014 - Mona, Araara, Israel

4/10/2014 - Nermin, Kosova LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/10/2014 - Juana Patricia, El Salvador

4/17/2014 - Mentari Group, CILACAP, Indonesia

4/17/2014 - Analiza, Segatic Daku Misamis Occidental, Philippines

4/17/2014 - Shahnoz, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

4/17/2014 - Susana Del Rosario - El Salvador

5/25/2014 - Violet, Kasse, Uganda

5/25/2014 - Alba Del Socorro, Somotillo, Nicaragua

7/13/2014 - Parbati Shg Group, Junagarh, Odisha, India

7/14/2014 - Trinity, Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

7/14/2014 - Madina Khaitsa, Nakaloke, Uganda

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

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    Practice and All Is Coming

    "Why do we 'practice' "- she asked. "Why is it that we don't 'do' this...like we 'do' everything else?"

    She was sweet..young..and impressionable. She was intelligent...well-intentioned...and brand new to her mat. And her seemingly simple question gave me pause...and much about which to think. It took me a moment before I could respond.

    We refer to this as practice because there is no prize at the end of the pose. There's no ultimate goal. There's nowhere else or other we need to be. There's no judgement. There's no measure or final count. There's no right or wrong..or good or bad. There's no better or worse. And more important - there's no end.

    We practice to practice. We don't practice to perfect. We don't practice to compete or complete. We practice only so that we can feel and be. In this moment. Today...and tomorrow...and the day after day. Every day - a new chance to begin.

    We practice as a discipline..as a science..as an art. We practice for the joy of practice. We practice because it is within that sustains us.

    She looked at me puzzled...confused...unsure of this new and unfamiliar ground.

    The practice becomes a tool..a lens..a mirror of self-observation. Thru regularity and repetition..we begin to see ourselves and our habitual patterns of being in this world. And - it is thru that exact same practice that we see ourselves changed.

    It's not something we check off our lists as 'done'. Unlike all of the other 'things' and 'to do's' and 'actions'.  It's not a project to be completed....an errand to be run...a house to be cleaned. Our mats become our metaphors for life. We practice strength and resilience and flexibility. We practice patience. We practice non-reaction. We practice the art of listening to ourselves thru our bodies. We learn the practice of self-care and love.

    It was such a simple question..that begged an equally simple response. I'm quite sure she never expected such ambiguous complexity.

    But - as I was explaining...as I was sharing..as I was speaking to the teachings of what I'd been taught - I couldn't help but remember. Just yesterday - it was me who was doing this asking. It was me who was wanting to know the ins and outs and what's and why's. It was me who wanted absolutes and clear answers.

    Life began and ended with my list of what to do and when. My days were measured by the efficiency of my crossing one thing off and then another. The list - often - defining me. The concept of practice for no other reason than to practice - was certainly beyond the realm of possibility.

    Yes - I was talking to her...responding to her particular question. But really - I was talking to me. That part and piece that saw me in she. Who and how I was once....and who and how I've come to be.

    Definitely a little older. Perhaps a little wiser. And still..and yet - seeking and searching and practicing. Forever beginning. One new day at a time.

    Reader Comments (19)

    So much in our lives is geared to 'instantaneous rewards' that it is difficult to comprehend practising anything as a continuum. And probably just as difficult to think of the rewards also being a continuum.
    It is some time since I practised yoga (and I really should go back) but much of the same argument could be used about 'living in the moment' which I try hard to do.
    A beautiful, thought provoking post. Thank you.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElephant's Child

    Daily practice, a concept so foreign to our goal oriented minds, yet the power of its lessons can be observed just by reading your post, Marcie. It is what allows all of us to grow be it through yoga, writing or taking photographs. The repetition on a regular basis is the important element.
    Thank you for this very timely reminder :-)

    Stunning photograph!

    What a wonderfully composed piece of writing. This piece speaks to me so directly this morning as I begin sophomore year with my son. I love the little older...little wiser part of life. I do wish kids today could be more celebrated for their desire to "practice" and enjoy their interests instead of pushed so hard to compete and strive for perfection. My son had a stranger walk up to him on the tennis courts yesterday and try and correct his swing. I was so polite on the outside but fuming on the inside. Our tennis mornings are for us to enjoy being outdoors, get exercise, and have fun doing something we both enjoy. My son was humiliated and will probably be slightly more aware that other nosey-competitive minded people are constantly judging him. I find that I am speaking the same words as you are to myself...in order to communicate the same message to my son.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthyme (Sarah)

    Beautifully written, Marcie. I could visualize me (an older beginner) asking the same question...and learning so very much from you.

    You continue to inspire so many -- through your daily practice. Another photographer recently asked me why I continued to blog and called me a 'prolific' photographer. (I'm not sure if her intentions were entirely 'complementary.' ;) ) In my response to her, I mentioned you and your "Daily Practice" and made a musical reference as well. "Ah. Yes, I see..." was her response.

    I've thanked you before -- and will continue to -- for your wisdom, leadership, and inspiration.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Yes, one new day at a time. Wonderful post.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElena Caravela

    i have come to rely on you to remind me that every day is practice and new....every single day. thank you, marcie.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    This image! beautiful & strong, just what comes to my mind when I think of you. Such lucky young girls to have you as their yoga instructor, as we are to have you here with us, daily.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Beautiful Marcie. I could read this over and over - it has a rhythm and beauty in itself. I don't "practice" yoga but I'm trying every day to meditate and just be in those moments. Your script here is perfect.
    "there's no end"
    "it is within that sustains us."


    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    Yes, as each day we move forward to "practice" living, for the joy of living. What a perfect answer to her question.

    And what a fabulous image! Just now, the swamp down the road has all but dried up, the herons are having a smorgasbord of easy to reach fish. You should be here with your camera.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Your image is delightful and it goes so well with your words. How true we never stop seeking, learning and reassessing what we have learned and where we were compared to where we are now.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    What a wonderful photo! I guess with writing, playing instruments, singing, dressage - I've never thought of what I do as practice but simply doing and enjoying whatever enlightenment that occurs in those moments of no longer doing but being the words, music or motion.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Beautifully expressed Marcie and the photograph quite intriguing. Definitely some food for thought in your message today.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    What a beautiful image Marcie! Such fine, insightful wordings..."ambiguous complexity" and "saw me in she". Wow...you have got it goin' on woman!!
    You share your heart with such care and authenticity...exquisite Marcie!!

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Sherman

    Just as I fall into bed after a busy few days, full of emotional excitement, I'm hoping your words will sink into my deep sleep and embed themselves there for edification. Upon awakening tomorrow, I have a feeling your post will still be ringing in my ears! I hope so, Marcie. Thank you.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    you know this is the not the first time that i have thought, hmmm i wish i lived closer to marcie and she could be my yoga teacher!! :)

    but it's more than that isn't it - it's sharing the words and the thoughts, reading them and letting them resonate. and even if i can't be closer to any of you in person, at least i can still read the words :)

    August 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    This is simply outstanding Marcie. I too would so love to have you as my yoga instructor, so I totally agree Eliza! The two words - Forever beginning - is now proudly posted on my computer! I LOVE that! and YOU!

    August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    Oops...sorry for additional comment, but just had to tell you when I scrolled down to see the complete photograph my mind immediately went to a spread of fortune cookies at this bird's feet! So cool!

    August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    Isn't it interesting that the one place in our society where the concept of "practice" is both assumed and admired is in - medicine. After completing their training, doctors establish a "practice" - and no one ever stops to think what that might mean.

    August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    Forever beginning. That sums it all up.
    Marcie, that image!!! Wow! The heron is fantastic, his pose just amazing. What a capture!!!

    September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

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