Living Compassion – One forward bend at a time.

03 Dec 2010

In my last post I introduced the process of learning how to embody wisdom.  In this post I will offer you one way to approach compassion through yoga and enact it as a living virtue in your practice or life. I find myself in a standing forward bend.  Today, it feels like it’s the first one I’ve done in a long time and my whole body is talking.  My hamstrings feel like over-wound guitar strings and my upper body feels tense and suspended over my legs like a marionette just waking up.  My breath feels constricted, like I’m wearing a girdle and despite having two feet planted on the floor I feel a little wobbly.   But,.

Embodying the Philosophy of Yoga

25 Nov 2010

This is truly my favorite topic of yoga.  With the extensive wisdom that is available to us from yoga and other traditions around the world how do we go about not just knowing this wisdom intellectually but living it?  What I love about yoga the very most is that it is not about thinking, or figuring something out but being in the world.  On the mat, wisdom that is known in the mind can be enacted in the body.  My challenge to the yoga world, practitioners and teachers alike, is to ask ourselves what it means not just to pay lip service to concepts like compassion, balance, flow or grounding but to find ways to.

Seabury Hall Performing Arts will present the Maui premiere of Act

21 Nov 2010

Seabury Hall Performing Arts will present the Maui premiere of Act: A Divine Musical by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. David Ward and Molly Schad will direct the play based on the Whoopi Goldberg film. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. Cheap Jerseys china Ritchie’s new film owes as much to Fleming as it does to Napoleon Solo, cheap jerseys and it has the look of Goldfinger era Bond. As Solo, Henry Cavill seems more like Sean Connery than did Robert Vaughn in the TV series. His suits could have been taken straight out of Connery’s early Bond period wardrobe. Cheap Jerseys china Cheap.

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17 Nov 2010

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We Must Become The Sun

16 Nov 2010

Can you enter your inner landscape the way that sunlight enters a garden? A garden is a dynamic, living system.  Within it resides plants and grasses of endless varieties, rocks and soil, insects and weeds.   None of these elements are more valuable to mother nature than the other.  So often, in our own inner garden, we wish to eradicate, fix, change, redecorate, renovate and throw out more things that we are willing to appreciate just as they are.  We label anger as a noxious weed, happiness as a rare and coveted flower, that niggling ache in our back an invasive cockroach.  We spend more energy trying to make the garden conform to some idea of how.

Be Affected By Your Breath

08 Nov 2010

I like to think that some of the things that I’ve discovered in my yoga journey may resonate or be helpful to others.  The following is an inquiry into the breath that can be engaged in your practice as a way to connect to this vital force and to approach your practice from a different perspective.  Much of it can be experimented with even if you don’t do yoga – either way, let me know if it helps, hinders or inspires! Become Aware – the breath is affected by and affects every layer of our being.  When we labor in physical activity it changes accordingly, when we are sad, mad, glad or afraid there is.

Halloween and the Shadow

29 Oct 2010

“The evil of our time is the loss of consciousness of evil.” – Krishnamurti I have to admit, Halloween is one of my favorite “holidays”.  And by the way that people adorn their homes with Halloween paraphernalia I don’t think I’m alone.  It is one time in the year that we get to openly recognize the dark side of human nature.  Not that all things Halloween are ghoulish, there are plenty of ducks and princesses running around.  But it is a time when we get to be something “other” than what we are from day to day.  We get to be something evil, fantastical, ridiculous or odd without social convention.

Awake!

22 Oct 2010

Mystical poetry has been an ongoing source of strength and inspiration for me in my life.  It speaks on a level beyond the intellect, straight to the part of us that knows the immensity of our being.  Below is one of my very favorite excerpts from Hafiz, a 14th Century mystic from southern Iran, and my interpretation of it. Awake, my friend, awake, Be kind to your sleeping heart, Take it out into vast fields of light, And let it breathe. -Hafiz Awake, my friend, awake.  Awaken to the nature beyond the stories and narratives that keep you bound in patterns so much smaller than your expansive Self.  Awaken –.

An Out of the Ordinary Life

15 Oct 2010

We often think that freedom comes at the “well-done” completion of some task.  Or in the absence or presence of someone or something.  We think it comes from biding our time in our repetitive day to day routines until that precious weekend or vacation or TV show.  Rowan and I definitely have a particular rhythm to our day, most days look just about the same and there is some security in that.  But there is also a sense of drudgery.  Feed the bellies, clean the kitchen, tidy yesterday’s mess, get washed, dressed, play, feed ….. over and over again.  At one point recently I began feeling like I was robot, programmed to.

Yoga: A workout?

05 Oct 2010
Yoga:  A workout?

Say you’re given a magic key.  It’s like one of those beautiful old, over-sized keys made of iron that were used for cathedrals and 300 year old Tuscan villas.  This key is magic in that it can open a door to ecstasy.  It can open a door to wholeness in mind, heart, body and spirit.  Imagine you’ve got this magnificent key but instead of using it to open these doors to freedom you start using it to open bottles with it, or pick your teeth, or to barbeque shish kabobs on.  Pretty soon this magic key starts to become another mundane fixture in your house.  It gathers dusts and is stuck on a.