Happy New Year
I am just back from 3 weeks in Mexico feeling refreshed and ready to embark on the New Year. I admit to being a sun-aholic. I love hanging out on the beach, playing in the water and living practically full-time out of doors and being warm the entire time.
I believe it is incredibly important to determine what nourishes you spiritually and physically and to make a commitment to setting aside time to recharge yourself. Vacationing is certainly one way to do that, but we don’t always have the time or the resources to wander off to the retreat of our choosing. But we can set aside time each week, and even each day to nourish our bodies and spirit.
Take some time to figure out what makes you feel good. When do you find yourself smiling, both inside and out? When do you experience a sense of contentment and well-being? What gives you joy? Make a list, put it some place you can return to easily. And then you have your own handy pick-me-up protocol. Here are some of the things I do regularly that keep me happy, grounded and smiling.
- Daily yoga & meditation
- Walks in the woods and along the beach
- Listening to music and having my own private dance party
- Sipping tea, wrapped in a warm blanket and reading a book
- Hanging out with my friends – perhaps with a glass of wine in hand
- Spending time with my husband and kids
- Cooking and gardening
- Teaching and studying yoga
Okay, so there you have it, you know my list of nourishments. I wonder what you will put on your list.
Good News – I am starting a new Tuesday Evening Slow Flow yoga class in West Seattle at Limber Yoga on February 5th at 4:30pm.
Come Check it out. I am super excited to finally be teaching in West Seattle, and Limber Yoga has a great open light filled space, fully equipped with all my favorite props.
Happy New Year, may it be a year of joy and blessing and good health for you and all those you hold dear.
Shalom & Namaste
My goal in teaching yoga is to help my students to live their yoga beyond their mats. Yes, yoga will make you stronger and more flexible. A regular practice will help you to heal the pains of your body. A regular practice can help you to overcome illness and recover from injury.
And, I firmly believe that yoga is more than just an aerobic practice. It is more than just exercise. Through yoga we learn to reach deeper into our true selves. We sweep away the fog from our awareness and find our own paths to strength and truth. We allow ourselves to soften so that we may ease our way into the fundamental strength of our core of true being.
If we allow ourselves to become more flexible upon our mats, then don’t we also find a way to be more flexible in our daily lives? If we allow ourselves to become stronger on our mats, then don’t’ we also then find more strength to live our daily lives? If in our practice we find we have more endurance, more will power, more self-awareness, then don’t those also walk with us beyond the studio?
- What is your dream?
- What are you willing to stand up for?
- What are you willing to sacrifice for?
- What is your truth?
- Where is your strength?
- Where can you be more flexible?
As you practice today, let these questions be at the forefront of your awareness. As you step onto your mat, ask yourself, why am I here? What is important to me? What truths do I hold to be self-evident. Where am I willing to apply my strength? Where am I willing to soften and be more flexible? What can I give to bring peace and healing, not just to my self but to my greater community.
As you practice today, reach out to the strength and vision of those who have come before us and shared with a vision of peace and community. Allow yourself to be inspired.
Shalom & Namaste,
Hope you have been having an awesome, amazing and abundant summer. How did you do on that Pacific Northwest checklist of fun? Let’s see, just this week, I logged:
- Blueberry picking
- Visited the San Juan Islands
- Watched the Orcas swim by
- Jumped and played in three separate lakes
- Danced to Pink Martinis at Zoo Tunes
- Meditated – lots and in some really cool places
- Finished a couple of books
Whatever you decide to do these next few weeks make sure it nourishes your soul. So often we forget about that in the hustle and bustle of living, and then I wonder if we really are living. Find Joy & Embrace it.
Next month (September) I will be hosting two workshops at Village Green Yoga. More info to follow shortly, but mark your calendars now.
- Loving Your Sun – learning the fun-damentals of the Sun Salutation Sequence
Sunday, September 23, 1:00 – 3:30
- Taking the Time to Meditate – opening to the heart of a meditation practice.
Sunday, September 30, 1:00 – 2:30
And here it is, the reason for the title of this posting. This is an excerpt from a letter from my rabbi on this week’s Torah portion. The whole of his writing is powerful, but this short bit says it all. Enjoy!
When we make spirituality an essential part of our existence, however, what we are able to see is radically different. Because our spiritual path serves to reconnect us to Source, it expands our awareness beyond the tunnel vision of the ego. In removing our blinders and opening our eyes it also opens our heart. As we become spiritually aware, we are able to see the essential goodness of the world, the miracle of life, the unfathomable gift of our own birth, and the preciousness of relationship. We are able to hold the pain and suffering, the struggling and the fear with acceptance, understanding and compassion. The existence of love brings up feelings of gratitude, the wonder of aliveness, feelings of pure joy. In such awareness the other is no longer seen as a means to satisfy one’s needs; one is able to leave the past in the past, welcome the future with an open heart, and be fully present to one’s experience in every moment, just as it is. When awareness transcends the ego, one can’t help but see abundance and love.
Shalom & Namaste
I came across this poem today, and since its been so long since I’ve done a post I thought I would keep it short and sweet. I do believe that everything we do is interconnected. That every action is significant, and that every person is important and perfect.
I Do Not Live Here Alone
Each breath I take affects the air all around me
Each word I utter falls on someone else’s ears.
That which I touch is felt by another
That which I do will certainly affect another
That which I do not, will also affect another.
We never know how far-reaching something we say or do
really is, until it returns to us.
And it always does.
All things in life form a circle
Whether or or not we see the circle.
I do not live here alone.
It has been a busy couple of weeks around here. I have been on vacation with my children. Driven from Seattle to San Francisco and back again. Gone on a journey from Slavery to Freedom, eating the whole way, and have launched a meditation circle, just because folks seemed interested.
There has been lot of interesting news out in the yoga world. It amazes me how much one can learn about the yoga world by keeping their eyes on their computer. But as you know, sitting in front of a computer is not one of my favorite things to do, so I do it in fits in spurts. I admire all of you super active bloggers and yogis.
Anyway, I came across these videos over the past couple of days and they continue to tumble around in my head.
I haven’t decided if I really like the first one, or if it really bugs me. The yoga is amazing, but there are a couple of other details about it that leave me wondering. What do you think?
And this next video is so simple and wonderful, I just had to share it.
Shalom & Namaste
To be a person of truth, be swayed neither by approval nor disapproval.
Work at not needing approval from anyone and you will be free to be who you really are.
– Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
I found this poem today, and loved it. Please read it, listen to it and share it.
truth is too simple for words
before thought gets tangled up in nouns and
there is a wordless sound
a deep breathless sigh
of overwhelming relief
to find the end of fiction
in this ordinary
yet extraordinary moment
when words are recognized
and truth is recognized
as everything else