“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
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
This is the time to take the practice off our mats and into our lives.
"We are the ones we are waiting for." ~Hopi prayer
Spread hope, peace and love.
“We have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.” ~ Jill Bolte Taylor
“Most of the circuits in our brains run on automatic. The more you think a thought, the more energy goes into that circuit. Eventually it gets enough energy to run the thought automatically without us needing to put more energy into it. “ ~ Jill Bolte Taylor
THE BELL AND THE BLACKBIRD. By David Whyte
The sound of a bell
or a blackbird calling
from a corner of the field,
asking you to wake
into this life,
or inviting you deeper
into the one that waits.
either way wants you
to be nothing
but that self that
is no self at all,
wants you to walk
to the place
where you find
you already know
how to give
every last thing
that is also
you have always
carried with you
as you walk
by every corner
of the world
This week pay attention. When are you answering the sound of the bell?
When are you answering the sound of the blackbird.
“To become your own psychologist you don’t have to learn some big philosophy. All you have to do is examine your own mind every day. You already examine material things every day- - - every morning you check out the food in your refrigerator. Why not check out the state of your own mind? Investigating your own mind is much more important.” Lama Yeshe
“We can choose between good and rotten mangoes.” Jack Kornfield
“We can chose organic peach thoughts instead of Dorito thoughts.” Diana
Last week we discussed watching our thought patterns and feeling patterns the way we watch the weather. We are continuing to dive deeper into Jack Kornfield’s book, “The Wise Heart,” and are invited to revisit “Buddha’s Brain,” by Rick Hanson, as we consider the impacts of stress and anxiety in our daily lives.
Look at sections of your life and identify the moods, thinking, and feelings associated with them. Consider what you are holding in your tissue, in your body. We service all three bodies through our 2-hour yoga practice so that we may live fully the other 22 hours of our lives.
This week we are invited to ask ourselves: What do we let change our “weather”? Just notice. Be the observer. Remember that we have the keys. We have the ability to see the weather brewing, and we have the ability to choose how to respond. As Jack Kornfield reminds us:
“In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived
How well we have loved
How well we have learned to let go”
― Jack Kornfield