Monthly Archives: March 2010

31 Mar

The Invitation

blog_theinvitationI had to share.

The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know you can see beauty, even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with your failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and brusied to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the insides, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

30 Mar

Your calling.

Saturday night, I attended a talk with an internationally-renown teacher of spiritual philosophy. Widely-recognized for her profound knowledge of both Buddhism and Christian mysticism, she brings a modern voice to ancient wisdom in the form of lectures, retreats, partnership teachings, corporate events, and yoga teacher trainings around the world.

During the course of the evening, we paused at several points for a variety of meditations, specific to “Finding Your Calling”, as that was the theme of the discussion.

Meditation:

You are at a later stage in your life. You have your health and happiness, but physically, you are much, much older. Picture yourself, in a room, of a house, that is yours and that you created. It is your favorite room, and there are pictures of your loved ones on the wall. You feel a sense of complete ease and contentment. Feel that.

Then, people begin coming into the room that you are in. They are there to celebrate your 100th birthday. Now, there are three people that raise their glasses for a toast to you. What do these three people say? Think in your mind what each person says. When you have the words in your mind, write them down.

I will share what my three thoughts of each toast were from my loved ones. Interestingly enough, I didn’t specify who the three people were. As a side note, my friend that came to the talk with me, did specify, and I pondered the notion of perception, and how we all perceive things differently. I just thought of the words that all three people might say to me at my 100th birthday party, not specifically who they were.

1. Thank you for your love.
2. Thank you for your unconditional support.
3. Thank you for always being there.

Now, in hindsight, if I had specified who the three people were, I think that 1. would be my spouse, 2. would be my best-friend, and 3. would be a family member.

Then, we were asked to underline any patterns that we saw in the three toasts. I underlined ‘unconditional’ and ‘for always being there’ . To me, this illustrated a certain level of acceptance of others… when you are unconditional – that is a feeling of unrequited love and support. When you are ‘always there’, that, too, illustrates a level of understanding and standing by one’s side. To take it to the next level, the theme or pattern that came to mind while I was participating in this exercise was acceptance of others. While offering unconditional support and always being there, I have illustrated in my life the ability to be there for people and unconditionally support them, which in my eyes is the highest form of acceptance. Baffling, in a way, yet completely apropos at this current time in my life, as this is what I have been meditating on and trying so wholeheartedly to practice.

Overall, the talk left me with plenty of food for thought. I left feeling full, in the best of all ways.

24 Mar

Good Yoga

Good Yoga

I will be teaching an open level Vinyasa flow class at Good Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn beginning this Friday, March 26th, at 6pm. Fridays at 6pm will be my normal time slot!!! So very exciting!!! I hope you will all be able to join me for class!

Namaste.

24 Mar

Balance.

blog_balanceHello friends!

While finally getting back into the routine of life, I am still coming off of the vacation whirlwind. I am lucky enough to have had the amazing opportunity to travel and see three different beaches along the way, but since my return, I have realized how important it is to feel a peace of mind not only when away, but when home. I understand this may sound like an obvious statement, but when lounging beachside or poolside, and becoming aware of the fact that my mind was NOT at ease at all – it got me thinking, to say the least.

If one is not able to fully relax and unwind on a beautiful beach, when is one EVER able to relax and unwind?

This all leads to the notion of wherever you are, your mind follows you. That’s why it is so important to incorporate and maintain balance into your everyday life. When there is no balance, there is no sense of self. At least that is my strong point of view. I am working everyday to find and maintain balance and harmony for my comfort level. Being away on vacation and feeling unsettled, was a “friendly” reminder that the work is never done. Focus and clarity, along side balance are the essences to a happy and healthy life.