On a smoke-filled morning, our beloved community gathers to practice amidst the epic challenges and changes of 2020. Our practice and our community can be a refuge as we stand in the fire of current times. We begin with an ancient Vedic blessing on the earth, the water, the fire, the sun, the moon, the body, mind, and spirit and all beings everywhere. We bow to the fire of this transformational era staying close to the earth as we slowly light and strengthen the furnace of the core of the body. Core strength is our focus with periodic breaks to cool and soften, this is not a strenuous practice but a deep one. What is the essence of our fire?