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
"The mind is the projector and the universe is your screen."
“Know that you are either confirming all your old patterns or you are affirming new ones....Miracles are made with the mind. " Dorien Israel
"The quality of our thoughts becomes the quality of our lives." -Diana
“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
This week, using your prana energy glasses, see the Buddhist “healthy factors” as having an energetic value, love, generosity and mindfulness.
How can they direct your course?
Celebrating 2020 Chinese New Year
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
We are celebrating life and love.We are reminded of the preciousness of our days. We are blessed to feel a sense of urgency to live fully the moments of our lives.
Ask yourself Mary’s question.
Write down a few answers on a piece of paper. Place the paper in a special place, on a mirror or in your wallet; a place you will see this reminder of your intention for the moments of your wild precious life.
You are the star and director of your movie. The movie playing in front of you now.
It is a great honor to walk this path together, to share our adventures, and to inspire, love and support each other.
“When all your desires are distilled
You will cast just two votes:
To love more,
And be happy.”
Everything is energy- our body, our thoughts, the people and things we surround ourselves with.
Again, ask yourself: What do you love? What brings you happiness?
Surround yourself in love and happiness.
“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” —Marie Kondō
Be intentional about surrounding yourself with who and what you love! ️
Remember that everything is ENERGY!
This week, evaluate the energy around you in your life...
Your body, emotions, relationships and aspects of relationships....
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on Prana/energy both on our mats and in our daily lives. Through our Ashtanga practice we are systematically synchronizing breath and movement, while servicing our physical body, spiritual/mental/emotional body, AND our energy body. As we deepen and expand our breath, we are pumping our lymphatic system, which serves us physiologically. And as we create shifts in our energy self, we will begin to notice changes in our spiritual/mental self as well.
This is a wonderful time of year to focus on clearing blockages within as well as without... “from your glove compartment to your colon,” as Diana mentioned this morning.
HOMEWORK: Revisit the book, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston, and explore Marie Kondō’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” as we approach Chinese New Year and create space to allow for new energy in this new year
UNFOLD YOUR OWN MYTH
Who gets up early
to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Soloman cuts open a fish, and there's a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow on drop.
Now there's a pearl.
A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he's wealthy.
But don't be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.
Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you've grown,
I look forward to unfolding another year of adventure, courage, growing, possibility, support, love, compassion, joy, inspiration and light. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.
My mantra: Lucky me!!!!
Gratitude & Big Love,
From Unfold Your Own Myth
by Rumi:"Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins..."
"Time is marked by light.” ~John O'Donohue
We stand at the edge of a new year, and the movie in front of us is OUR LIFE.
We are the star, the hero or heroine. This week we practice gratitudeand reflect on a decade of our hero's journey. Looking and leaning ahead, set intentions that draw you into showing up fully for the moments of your life.
With love, gratitude and hope for abundant possibilities,
“Time unfolds in light. In the morning, light clears all the outside darkness and the shape of each thing emerges in the brightened emptiness. Light identifies itself completely with the voyage of a day; its transparency puts the day out in the open. There is nowhere for a day to hide; it is exposed every minute to the revelations of light. Perhaps this is why twilight appears gracious; when light abandons the day, it does not believe that it will ever return and consequently permits itself an extravagant valediction in a huge ritual of color. The silence of twilight is striking because the flourish of the coloring has the grandeur of music.”
― John O'Donohue,
As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year,
we are reminded that the light is returning.
Homework: Consider how you are continually expanding into your Orange Zone! Continue to give focused attention to the Sternum, both in your yoga practice and as you move through your daily lives.
Stretch and breathe taller and wider into your POSSIBILITY!
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” -Mr. Rogers
Remember, as John O’Donahue says, “Words are carriers.”
“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” -Mr. Rogers
IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON
TO INSPIRE A WORLD OF KINDNESS
(It could be you!)
Your Homework this week: Go and see the new Mr. Rogers film and be inspired to spread kindness throughout your community through every interaction.