“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl
... Work in the invisible world
at least as hard as you do in the visible.
Be companions with the prophets
even though no one here will know that you are....
You can't imagine what profit will come!
When one of those generous ones invites you
into his fire, go quickly!
Don't say, "But will it burn me? Will it hurt!"
"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." ~ Joseph Campbell
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild precious life.” ~ Mary Oliver
I celebrate your finding the practice of ashtanga, the shala and community. I am honored and grateful to be one of your teachers and a bearer of light on your path. It is a joy to hold the light of the practice up high, open my arms wide, to inspire, guide and support you.
Blessing on your path
May you feel the sacredness of the teachings and practice.
May the breath and prana fill your body and soul and inspire your passions.
May you joyfully dance with the twists and turns on your path of asana and life.
May you press your hands together in front of your heart and be filled with gratitude.
May you welcome the days and years of your journey with grace and beauty.
May you take the gifts from your practice out of the shala into the precious moments of your life.
Gratefully and joyfully, I bless you.
“Life is about the management of energy, where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.” ~ Joe Dispenza
“...your biography — that is, the experiences that make up your life — becomes your biology." ~ Caroline Myss
Self Study Homework
Take one day this week to observe and journal. Keep a thinking, tracking the mind journal. Where are you placing your attention? How is it affecting your energy and your life, your being?
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~ George Bernard Shaw
"A man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it." ~ R.C. Ferguson
"Smiling is mouth Yoga." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn
(remember is cost nothing and is contagious)
"I am often accused of being childish. I prefer to interpret that as child-like. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish. I still listen to instinctual urges. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work." ~ Leo Buscaglia
Homework: Smile : )
Symptoms of Peace
Tendency to think and act spontaneously
Rather than from fear,
An unmistakable ability to enjoy the moment,
Loss of interest in judging other people,
Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others,
Loss of interest in conflict,
Loss of interest or ability to worry (very serious symptom)
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation,
Feelings of connectedness with others and with nature,
Frequent attacks of smiling through your eyes
And from your heart,
Increasing tendency to let things happen
Rather than make them happen,
Increased susceptibility to love extended by others
As well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
~ Native American Cultural Center
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ~ Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
"We should plague everyone with joy."
Plague everyone you know and don't know with joy and sprinkle it with love.
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don't bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous." ~ Deepak Chopra
"When all your desires are distilled: you will cast just two votes:
To love more, and be happy". ~ Hafiz
"If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am for myself only, then what am I? And if not now, when?" ~ Rabbi Hillel
Befriend a Tree.
Think Like a Tree
Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after the storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling.
~ Karen I. Shragg
Spring has a gift for you! Open yourself up to possibilities and move into it with Grace. Find a corner in your life to practice resurrection.