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Love is the Religion of the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

This is a wonderful letter, author unknown, but know that we are One Human Family.  Hope you will take the time to read.

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Travels South

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Road tripping from Key West to New Jersey, and back, is often an eye-opening experience.  I always seem to be at some crossroad in my life, a place of growth, change, manifestation.  Spending so much time in the car allows me the opportunity for contemplation, insight, self-realization.  Sometimes I laugh at myself, and sometimes I cry, but I always end up feeling better, energized, excited for my destination.

 

One wonderful destination this trip back to the Keys was Savannah, GA.  What a beautiful town.  I love the European influence in the architecture and the city design.  The city boasts 24 squares, beautifully lawned and oak shaded parks, within its limits.  One of the many wonderful things about yoga is that you can practice anywhere, so the one morning we were there, my friend, Dore Ann, and I laid out our mats in one of those squares. We followed that up with one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had, at Clary’s.

Just a side note, if you are ever driving past the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC, it is worth the stop.

Back in the Keys, we took advantage again, laying out our mats on the old Bahia Honda Bridge, practicing bridge, wheel, headstand, and more, at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t heard me say recently, “I Love the Florida Keys,” well, I do, and it sure feels good to be home.

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Time to Meditate

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I was sent this blurb today in an email from the Key West Tara Mandala, our local Tibetan Buddhist community.  I ended up reading the whole article because I often find myself in the position the author describes, feeling like I just don’t have enough time for my daily meditation.  The blurb reads,

What’s the biggest obstacle to meditation practice?
There are always obstacles to daily practice. Some are quite obvious: traveling, staying up really late, changing your schedule a lot. For the most part, I’ve found the difficult obstacles to be the ones that come from within, those mental tricks we all use—you know, it’s early, it’s cold, I can’t sit. The biggest obstacle is just the mind. You think you’ve got to get up right away and make some phone calls, or have breakfast, or go do this other thing. Your mind always tries to play these tricks. Things suddenly seem really urgent. For me the solution has been to create a schedule, to find myself some disciplined time, to just get up every day at seven no matter what. I’ve made a habit to get up, brush my teeth, sit—in that order—before I do anything else. And then, of course, after you sit you finish and you say to yourself, “What was so urgent that I felt I couldn’t sit?”
–Dan Rosenberg, from “Making Time to Meditate,” Tricycle, Spring 2001
Dan’s contribution to the article is on page 2, but the entire article is worth a read.  Hope you enjoy, and that it may inspire you as it has inspired me.

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The OM Symbol

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Funny, all the definitions I’ve heard of OM, I never knew what the symbol itself represented, until today.  Lissa Coffey’s “What’s Your Dosha?” offered this description,

“The mantra OM is significant in Vedic culture in many ways.  It is the most sacred symbol there is, representing the Universal, the All, the One.  The sound OM, or Aum, contains all of the vowel sounds.  Om is pronounced as if it rhymes with “home.”  In Sanskrit, OM is written with 3 strokes, one semi-circle and a dot.  The 3 curved strokes represent the waking state, the sleeping state and the dreaming state.  The dot represents the Absolute, or the Truth, which illuminates the other three states.  The semi-circle separates the dot from the other three curves, it represents Maya, or illusion.  It is illusion that keeps us from seeing the Truth.  The semi-circle is open on the top, illustrating that the Truth is not affected by illusion.”

Well, I know that I am still looking for the Truth.  Illusion sometimes blocks my way.  Yet, it is all a part of the journey, of the awakening, and I’m grateful to be witness to it in myself.

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Yoga on the Beach

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I’m substituting Wednesday morning, for Don from Yoga on the Beach.  Come join me for yoga class, overlooking the beautiful waters of Key West, from Ft. Zachary Taylor.  Class is from 8:15-9:45am.  Walk-in $18.  Call 305-296-7352 for more information.

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Be Inspired

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

I woke today to read Yoga Journals Daily Insight, today entitled “Be Inspired.”  The focus is on how through yoga we can make great shifts in our lives, and thus out to others.  This spoke to me, as it is a huge part of my own practice.  I have shared it with you here.

“Our asana practice can have a positive impact on our lives because it constantly asks us to become more sensitive, more conscious, and more aware of our bodies, minds, feelings, and emotions. As our sensitivity increases, life becomes more rich and enjoyable because we can taste the unique flavor of each individual moment. More important, we also become more aware of what moves us toward our dharma, or life path, and what takes us away from it. This awareness makes us clearer and more peaceful, more able to elegantly handle life’s endless dilemmas without feeling overwhelmed or fearful. As a result, we become more effective in all of our actions, and our presence begins to inspire and bring out the best in people around us.

The awareness that we develop on the yoga mat, though seemingly small, affects all that is. As we become more aware in our yoga practice and in our lives, as we move away from force and violence and toward sensitivity, feeling, and awareness, we change our individual consciousness and actions. In turn, these changes influence the consciousness and the actions of everyone we meet. Slowly, we shift the direction the world is taking. As we practice each asana, whether it be a challenging twist such as Ardha Matsyendrasana II (Half Lord of the Fishes II Pose) or a simple standing pose such as Tadasana (Mountain Pose), we have the opportunity to become the embodiment of peace and to make our practice a prayer for harmony in the world.”

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