"May peacefulness and joy be more than dreams to you, may they guide your heart and spirit in everything you do." Unknown
What are your dreams? What do you most wish for in your life, in your world, for those you love and care about? What do you dream of contributing to this world to change it for the better?
These are questions I ask myself quite often. Here's what I have come up with...
I dream of peace. I dream of living in a world at peace, filled with mutual respect, understanding, and community. I dream of humanity being at peace not only with itself but with the planet we inhabit.
No, this doesn't mean everyone gets along all the time or that we even fully understand each other and agree. This means tolerance, respect, attempts to work together and TRY to understand. It means the desire to better our relationships and our world. It means trying to see the other person's view. It means not judging people by our views - allowing ourselves to imagine that someone else might see it differently. It means not being reactive but proactive.
"Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." Ronald Reagan
Realistically, I know where we are right now. But I believe. I believe we can and will do better. I believe there is common ground. I believe we all want the same thing. I believe in us.
Where does peace begin? With me. With you. With every small act of understanding, friendship, connection, kindness. Tiny steps/acts made by millions of people every single day add up. Peace begins inside of you, spreading outward in compassion, respect, understanding and the desire to be more, do more, and effect change.
The mantra below is one I repeat to myself daily. It's been pivotal in changing my perspective - of reminding me of what I want for everyone - of keeping me focused on what my dream is for each and every living being on earth. Say this mantra when you are angry and watch anger dissipate; say this mantra when you don't like someone or are having strained relationships with others and you will feel at peace; say this mantra to and for yourself when you feel scattered and alone and you will feel comforted.
To each of you -
May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you be free from harm
May you live in this world peacefully and with ease
What will you do today to bring greater peace to our world?
See you on the mat!
"Be like a hot air balloon.
Ignore the negativities,
Ignite the fire within,
Rise up against all the odds,
Fly in your sky of dreams!!"
- Vidhya -
Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? Ever seen one take off, fly, and land? Ever wondered at the grace and impossibility of it all?
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico - the hot air balloon capital of the world - and spent every October squealing with delight and amazement at the 100's of hot air balloons that filled the sky for one week. Imagine: you arrive 45 minutes before first light, cold, bleary eyed, disoriented. All around you see flat earth and a bunch of trucks. As you wander around you see the trucks begin to unload, unpack, and begin set up. First you have to lay the balloon out very carefully (untangle the lines), then you begin filling it with air from a HUGE fan. There comes a special moment (and I don't know how they know when that moment is) where they grab the basket, fire up the flame and point it inside the balloon and as you stand there, this rainbow of brilliant colors rises up and expands - ready to head skyward. They attach the basket, finish all the preparations (get everything packed up for chase), and as dawn peaks over the mountains there is sudden silence and then - liftoff of 100's of balloons in waves. It is glorious!
You literally hold your breath and suddenly, everything in the world seems small and unimportant. It is flight. It is flight without much control. Flight that follows where the wind blows. Flight that has no idea where it will land, but that's okay because you are in the air in a contraption that makes no sense at all.
Dreams are like this. You can only prepare so much - laying things out, putting things into place, getting ready. But there comes a point, and you will know (it's different for everyone) when you put the fire in your dream and it begins to unfurl its rainbow of color. You take a deep breath and then you take flight into the unknown. You might end up here or there or somewhere you never dreamed but YOU ARE FLYING!
"When once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been and there you will long to return. " - Leonardo da Vinci -
You have spent all winter preparing. You have removed all the obstructions you can. You have prepared and prepared and now is the time. What are your dreams? How can you take flight? Do you need to just drop those sandbags and liftoff?
"What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - Erin Hanson -
There is no better time than now my friend. Release those lines holding you bound to earth. Take a deep breath and believe. No matter where the wind takes you - it will be glorious!
See you on the mat!
Congratulations! You are experiencing a once in a lifetime experience and it will be filled with some amazing changes to your mind and body. This is a time of HUGE changes for you and connecting to your body and to your baby can be pivotal in helping you enjoy and experience these changes with an open and self care oriented perspective.
Today we are practicing a full body Yin Yoga practice that can be used for all three trimesters as well as postnatal. Because your body is filled with relaxin, a hormone that loosens and makes the joints more open, this is a time to pull back a bit on your practice depth and make use of props to support you in your practice. Rather than going as deep as you can, soften and explore the feelings in the poses with less depth and more breath and awareness. Use whatever props you have around you and enjoy the opening, the release, and the space inside the practice. We don't have any face down, back lying or twist poses in this practice as these are often contradicted in some stages of your pregnancy so feel free to use this at any stage!
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