As you identify less and less with the "me", you will be more at ease with everybody and with everything. Do you know why? Because you are no longer afraid of being hurt or not liked. You no longer desire to impress anyone. Can you imagine the relief when you don't have to impress anybody anymore? Oh, what a relief. Happiness at last!
Anthony de Mello
21 December 2009
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18 December 2009
One in soul, you and I
A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the veranda,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden's beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.
17 December 2009
Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop. Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you.
Anthony de Mello
16 December 2009
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12 December 2009
I don't claim anything of the work. It is his work. I am like a little pencil in his hand. That is all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.
11 December 2009
Chaturanga Dandasana can be a very strong pose for some people and is often practised in a way that is quite tough on the shoulders. I have noticed in some of my classes that there is a tendency for some students to come from plank pose into chaturanga and lift the backside, causing the shoulders to drop forwards towards the floor. I am not sure if this is a particular style that is being introduced by some teachers or if the momentum caused by this “sweeping action” makes the pose feel easier for some people.
What I do know is I am seeing more shoulder injuries as a result of the repetition of this particular style. When the backside is lifted in this way, it is quite difficult to engage bandhas and use your core belly strength, thus increasing the risk to the lower back. With the shoulders in this position, there is a greater risk of impingement of the rotator cuff tendons, leading to tendonopathy and pain.
In my opinion, it is better to drop the knees to the floor if you do not have the strength in the shoulders and triceps, or alternate the full pose with this variation whist you gain strength. If you have developed shoulder pain and you practice chaturanga on a regular basis, get your teacher to look at your technique as this may be the reason.
10 December 2009
I am feeling tired and although burn out is probably a bit of an exaggeration, my body and mind needs a bit of a rest from teaching yoga. I am very fortunate to do a job I absolutely love… Having a yoga practice of my own enables me to stay in touch with what is going on in my body and to be aware when I need to take a break.
I think people sometimes have a preconceived idea that yoga teachers all wander around in a haze of peace and love and that life’s ups and downs do not affect them. As with all the teachers that I know, this is not quite how it is. We are human beings with human failings; we get injured, we get parking tickets, held up in traffic, etc... . The key is to know when you need to draw back a bit, when you need to concentrate on your own practice and really connect with your inner-self. Compassion for oneself enables compassion for others.
For me to be able to teach yoga, I have to practice all facets of yoga, including Ahimsa (non-harming). I am off on holiday to recharge my batteries. I will rest, read and spend time with my family. I will practice yoga for me, I may even attend a few yoga classes/workshop, but – then again - I might not. I know for sure that when I come back, I will be ready to share my yoga practice again.
“Our daughter-in-law, Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland last week for her Medline glove division as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her idea to help promote their new pink gloves. I don’t know how she got so many employees, doctors and patients to participate, but it started to really catch on and they all had a lot of fun doing it.
When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It’s an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer?”.
09 December 2009
Woman: “Look there, that man from the telly”
Man: “What? Is he in Eastenders? Coronation St?” . (He then proceeded to name various TV shows)
Woman: “No, you idiot! He is a hobbit in The Lord of the Rings !”
Fortunately Harry Potter did not hear this conversation, but from what I have been told, he too might have found it funny.
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you’d be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as bird wings.
08 December 2009
Within the framework of the Buddhist Path, reflecting on suffering has tremendous importance because by realizing the nature of suffering, you will develop greater resolve to put an end to the causes of suffering and the unwholesome deeds which lead to suffering. And it will increase your enthusiasm for engaging in the wholesome actions and deeds which lead to happiness and joy.
07 December 2009
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04 December 2009
But getting back to the subject at hand... For those of you who have never been to or never heard of Lyme Regis, it is located in western Dorset, (approximately 55 miles west of Bournemouth; 25 miles east of Exeter, in neighbouring Devon, and 25 miles south of Yeovil in Somerset), on the stretch of the English coastline known popularly as the Jurassic Coast. It has been given this name due to the amazing amount of prehistoric fossils that have been discovered in the area and which has led to it being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The town has one of the oldest harbours in the country and is steeped in history. Tales of smugglers and secret passages are rife, and it is also the setting of several novels by Jane Austen. The author John Fowles used to write in his house that overlooks The Cobb (harbour) and one of his famous books, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which was subsequently made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, was set and shot on location in Lyme Regis and its surrounding under-cliffs. Fowles also penned The Magus; as well as one of my favourite scary books, The Collector; which I read when staying in a cottage in the town and which scared me half to death.
I was playing around with my new camera during the weekend, so here are a couple of pics of wintertime on the English seaside. I especially like the photo of the two elderly women enjoying their lunch on the seafront, despite the force 9 gale… Oh, so British! I would recommend visiting Lyme Regis during winter, as you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the place. It is like taking a step back in time!
And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.
Thich Nhat Hanh
03 December 2009
Here is a video of Joni Mitchell performing Big Yellow Taxi live in concert way back in 1970. Virtually 40 years later... (oeer, not showing my age :$ ) her words ring truer than ever... "Paved paradise and put up a parking lot". I, for one, definitely prefer having spots on my apples and keeping the birds and the bees. Enjoy!