I NEEDED IT TO KEEP ME PRESENT

 

Happy 1st of July!

I fell biking the path from Santa Monica beach to Venice.  I was going way too fast on a turn with much sand on the path.  I got all scratched up as I slid through the fall.  I’m well aware that it could have gone much worse.  

Soon after I got back on my bike and started riding again, the front rider of a tandem bike was still lying with the bike sideways on the sandy concrete suffering from her injuries.  I hope she didn’t hurt herself too badly. 

I write about this because I actually didn’t mind the fall and dressing my wounds.  

Maybe I needed it to keep me PRESENT. 

I love being near the ocean.  Soaking up the energy of nature. I love seeing everyone doing the same.  But maybe I wasn’t doing that as much as I could have. 

The fall allowed me to be more present.  In my body. Attending to my arm, wrist, knuckles, palm.  My knees and shins.  My left shoulder.  Right shoulder. 

The accident missed my face but I still tended to it.  I was grateful I didn’t  get my face all scratched up and my sunglasses were still intact. 

Today was a great day!  I hope yours was too.

 

BE DRAGGED

 

“Let go or be dragged” - Zen proverb. Hahahaha. I Love it!!!

 

WHERE THEY WERE ALREADY

 

Every yoga/meditation class is different. And I realize that if ever, one day, the classes I teach become one in the same, it may be time for me to stop teaching. 
I go into a class with an open mind, open heart, open soul. I let the people there and their cumulative energy guide their practice. It is THEIR practice after all. Not mine.
I allow changes. I risk. I have Faith that all with be as they should. That all will get what they need at that very moment. 
The “Restorative Yoga” workshop I taught ended up to be, as my dear friend put it: an EXTENDED SHAVASANA (RELAXATION POSE).
For an hour and a half, they laid on their backs (fully sported of course) while I spoke, chanted, sang. 
I must have tried at least 5 times to get them to move so that we could do other restorative poses. I gently optioned for them to move their fingers and toes. But at the same time, I mentioned that it was OK for them to stay where they were if they were Content. 
And they were: CONTENT.
That is the goal of the physical practices of yoga: Contentment. So why should I move them away from where they were already. 

 

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PURE HEART

 

Oftentimes, what we need is not a brilliant mind, but a Pure Heart.  

I do love to be around smart people, but I also need someone who listens.  

“WE need to care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria.”

Care more about their hearts than their minds.

 

WHERE DID I GO WRONG

 

The other day I posted:  “WE ARE BORN PERFECT”.

“Where did I go wrong” joked one person.  

No kidding.  Where have we ALL been going wrong?  

Politics.  Religion.  Health Care.  The Food Industry.  

Have we been harming one another instead of helping?  Where has Contentment gone?  

I think this is why Yoga and Meditation have become so popular.  We are all seeking what seems to have gone away.

 

UNPREDICTABILITY OF EACH DAY

 

I grew up in Chicago and always loved its 4 seasons.  But at the same time, you can’t always depend on the “season” because we’ve had winters feeling like Spring or even Summer.  And summers feeling more like Spring, or Winter.  

This year, the weather has been all over the place.  June weather has been mostly in the 60’s and 70’s and Rainy.  Lots of rain.  

I appreciate the unpredictability of each day.  Each morning.  Night.

This translates to Life.  We never know where it’s going to go.  We never know where we’re going to be.  

Enjoy!

 

THE POWER OF YOUR OWN VOICE

 

 

WE ARE BORN PERFECT

 

My brother and his wife had their Twins two days ago.  

We are born Perfect.  

I saw that in them when I held them.  Each one being perfect in their own way.

We are born Uninhibited.  Innocent.  Loved.  

And when do we begin to move away from these qualities?  

Who or What begins to tell us we’re not perfect?  When do we think we are not loved?

Practicing yoga allows us to go back to our True Selves.  Perfection.  Love.  Bliss.

 

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE GENTLER YOGA PRACTICES