“Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”—Mary Oliver
tonight I took class from a teacher who recently graduated from the deep yoga school of healing arts, the program I am entering in april. she was brilliant! her heart shone straight into mine. in final meditation, long after our sweet long chants & bows, we held anjali mudra to our foreheads in mutual gratitude.
I could feel bhava & laura in the particulars of her language but most of all I could feel her authentic personal practice, her own rhythms & rituals.
you can see into the future sometimes, you know? a higher part of you that sees through time into times that burn into forever with the light of some cosmic everything. it’s pretty sweet.
“The world we live in is a cocreation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes is what shapes that dream.”—Oriah Mountain Dreamer
“Life’s work is to wake us up, to let the things that enter into the circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to be open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will. It’s going to stick around until you learn your lesson, at any rate.”—Pema Chodron
a member at the co-op where I work gave these to me tonight, knowing I’d appreciate them as much as she had. she found them randomly behind a dresser in her friend’s massage studio— they’re written on index cards, in beautiful red cursive. to keep rolling with the love & laughter, I want to share with you the ‘symptoms of inner peace’:
a tendency to think & act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
a loss of interest in judging other people
a loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
a loss of interest in conflict
a loss of the ability to worry
frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
contented feelings of connectedness with others & nature
an increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
it isn’t just the rush of leaning your center of gravity— your hips— over your hands to soar into eka pada koundinyasana II (finally!), or eka pada galavasana, or eka hasta bhujasana, isn’t even opening every muscle, bone & joint of your body to its own grace & to the grace that flows between these— in the gaps, the silence that lives in the rushing of time— in the connection of breath & movement—
no, it’s the remembrance, the coming home to truth, after having been away (though we have never left, of course, really)— it’s the remembering which goes, I am a warrioress. I am strong. I am light & soft but I am strong on the path of the warrior, which is the path of light, of truth. it’s the reunion of the courageous heart, really.
three green zebra heirloom tomatoes, held carefully like soft precious eggs in my hands all the way home. chanterelle & spinach ravioli, the second half of a bottle of pacific redwood wine, aged nicely overnight in our kitchen. two yoga classes & two lovely meditations today, we’re about to watch another movie on the projector in our bedroom, and life is just so, so good.
I already asked Remi and a few others, and figured you'd also be a good person to try this through. I'm trying to raise funds for the local children's hospital online and through an event I'm helping run through my high school. Each year we raise about $180,000 total through the students, and I figured I'd try to reach out to the kind-hearted portion of the Tumblr community if I could. (Including you and your followers, obviously.)
Basically, we dance for 6 hours in place of the hospitalized kids who can't, and this because the children's hospital here has never refused a patient. I'm actually helping run the event itself, so yeah.
A better description of the cause and the event, along with other info is here on the donation site: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/zadenny/dancemarathon
Thanks a TON for your help if you choose to support this. I feel the burgeoning clad of neoshamanistic or otherwise love-preaching Tumblrites will be down to help the kids out :)
thank you for passing this on to me. I was only able to donate a relatively small amount, but I’m with you with my whole heart.
Please, please, please. Who is this singing? Is there an artist name or CD title I can look for? All I find when I look up "Shantala- Devotion" or "Shantala- Om Nama Shivaya" is a married, musical couple whose work doesn't come close in comparison to the trancendent serenity this music evokes in me.
voice of the esraj is the record that you’re looking for. it’s listed under benjy wertheimer, the husband half of the married couple who comprise shantala. I agree that it’s definitely more powerful and evocative than some of the music they’ve made together, but give the love window a shot!
send me your email address & I’ll hook you up with both. <3
“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”—Pema Chodron
i'm not actually sure what stone it is, i always just settled with supposing it was agate. i used to be a bit of a gem nerd when i was a kid, i collected stones and had all kinds of 'rocks and minerals' books. i wish i could remember all that stuff!
haha! it does kind of look like agate, with the bands and all, but I think it’s rhodochrosite. I wear some around my neck sometimes too, because it’s the perfect stone for the heart center, and all heart-centered work that needs to be done. <3
“This gesture of universal friendship has been likened to a drop of fresh spring water. If we put it on a rock in the sunshine, it will soon evaporate. If we put it in the ocean, however, it will never be lost. Thus the wish is made that we not keep the teachings to ourselves but to use them to benefit others.”—Pema Chodron
the weather lately is paradise, and I just want to do handstands by the ocean all day every day
laxmi’s vinyasa class was my body’s radiant ceremonial dance for the love of itself & of everything
bakasana to sirsasana was my highlight— or maybe matsyasana with padmasana legs (the heart being the ultimate jewel in the lotus)
lemongrass essential oil in savasana !!! (which made me especially happy because I’ve been waiting so patiently for my new oils to arrive in the mail, and lemongrass was one of the essences I ordered)
lovely shift at the co-op, which makes my heart smile because it is home now
bringing home dino kale & spearmint for my bunny baby, who insists on being hand-fed the mint but when it comes to kale, she’ll try to steal it right out of your hands & run away with it, possibly to elope & be alone together forever