August 13, 2007
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation-Designing a Holistic Yoga Routine June 2007
See how yoga makes you smile? All the smiles were the result of the yoga practice and teachings that Ramaswami so generously delivered at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Would you like to smile? Check out his events at http://www.vinyasakrama.com
Thank you Ramaswami-we are all grateful,
August 03, 2007
Please enjoy one of my favorite poems....Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye, a Palestinian poet
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the
Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow
as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day
to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
August 02, 2007
"What we depend on as continuing day to day is really illusory, at any moment our lives can change." Sylvia Boorstein
I have to admit I used to resist the day to day and moment to moment changes in my life. My life was planned days, weeks and even months in advance and when events did not unfold smoothly I resisted. What helped me relax? Yoga, mindfulness, meditation and meaningful connections with others such as my beloved teachers, family, students and friends have transformed my life. Here are a few yogic terms and quotes from my teachers that have helped me during challenging moments.
"Whatever you are feeling right now, someone else is experiencing the same thing." Tarika Diana Damelio
"So hum" which means I am not my thoughts, I am not my feelings, I am not my emotions-I am that I am.
"Everything that arises passes." Sylvia Boorstein
As Thich Nhat Hahn teaches mentally repeating, "Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out."
Mark Whitwell states, "You are the wonder of life. The power of life surges through every fiber and cell of your being. Stop your searching and enjoy your life."