“‘Normality,’ says Howe, ‘is the paradise of escapologists, for it is a fixation concept, pure and simple.’ ‘It is better, if we can,’ he asserts, ‘to stand alone and to feel quite normal about our abnormality, doing nothing whatever about it, except what needs to be done in order to be oneself.’ –Henry Miller
“…the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their
disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of
winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception,…and one must
learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” — The Bhagavad Gita 2.14
“The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life,’ metamorphosis.
One can dance to sorrow or to joy; one can even dance abstractly. … But the point is that, by the mere act of dancing, the elements which compose it are transformed; the dance is an end in itself, just like life. The acceptance of the situation, any situation, brings about a flow, a rhythmic impulse towards self-expression.
Life, as we all know, is conflict, and man, being part of life, is himself an expression of conflict. If he recognizes the fact and accepts it, he is apt, despite the conflict, to know peace and to enjoy it. But to arrive at this end, which is only a beginning (for we haven’t begun to live yet!), a man has got to learn the doctrine of acceptance, that is, of unconditional surrender, which is love.” — Henry Miller
“It’s never too late to completely change your entire life. To become a better person. To become an asset to this world. To be of service to humanity. To transcend your Earthly predicament with love, compassion and humility. Never believe it is too late to rise to a higher vision. Each day is a fresh, beautiful opportunity to attain a pure heart. Correct your actions. Become a living embodiment of the Supreme; full of wisdom and loving kindness. All that is of Good will lift you up into Ultimate Reality when you emanate Goodness. The Illumined Ones will assist you. You are not alone. You will attract that which you are in your heart.” ~ Sri Robert Adams
Very excited to be back at On the Mat Yoga Studio in Concord for two upcoming workshops.
I’ll be returning for my 4th Deep Stretch Workshop there on Saturday March 25th, and teaching a Strength and Structure workshop on Saturday April 8th, both 2-4p.
“I think there is more than the body, but the body is all you can get your hands on.” — Ida Rolf
The study of anatomy is a necessity to teaching yoga skillfully. Stepping up to teach the anatomy section of my current Teacher training with Larisa, has been an intimidating and important learning and growing opportunity. Learning again (it’s a repetition game) and then relating it in a useful way to others – I’m pretty into it!
That Ida Rolf quote is taken from Judith Hanson Lasater’s Yogabody. I have learned to value and appreciate this book and Judith’s experiential anatomy teaching more and more with each re-read. Her daughter Lizzie Lasater‘s Experiential Anatomy video series “Today’s Anatomy Question” with Mary Richards are invaluable learning tools as well. I got to meet both Lizzie and Mary during my Experiential Anatomy training with Judith – they and Judith’s teachings are well represented in these videos.
This thought which has arisen, is it helpful? Is it serving me or others in some way or is it not? Is it just playing out perhaps old conditions of fear or judgment or things that are not very helpful for ourselves or others? Mindfulness really helps us both see and discern the difference and then it becomes the foundation then for making wiser choices and why the choices lead to more happiness.”
Highly recommend reading whole thing. A couple more highlights from Eric Barker:
“You’re not your brain; you’re the CEO of your brain. You can’t control everything that goes on in “Mind, Inc.” But you can decide which projects get funded with your attention and action.”
“The most important part of emotional strength is not calming your mind. It’s being resilient. It’s trying again after you’ve been shaken by negative feelings.”
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.” -Thomas Merton
Happy Valentine’s Day!
outward and upward!
Over the last couple of weeks I revisited these readings from the past:
“Do not wait for strength before setting out, for immobility will weaken you further. Do not wait to see clearly before starting; one has to walk toward the light. When you take the first step and accomplish that tiny little act, the necessity of which may be apparent only to you, you will be astonished to feel that the effort, rather than exhausting your strength, has doubled it—and that you already see more clearly what you have to do next.” – Philippe Vernier
Also, from Rolf Gates’ inspiring book Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga:
“The obstacles in our path are the path. Every time we stretch beyond our resistance and our fear, we make a choice for life. And every time we choose life, fear loses its grip on us. We all know more than we think we do. And we are stronger than we believe ourselves to be. We come to our mats, and to our lives, to learn by going where we have to go.” – Rolf Gates