Leaving room for the … Unexpected … Teaching The Day After

Which was only possible because we were not hosting this lovely Thanksgiving gathering.  Thus, GRATITUDE to a special generous friend, she’s a bright Light – a chef-extraordinaire and her family – without which I would not have been able to serve in my other ways.  Teaching 2 classes back to back was … FUN !  I love being of service and wish these could have been a benefit for the recent fire victims.

Gratitude for family, friendship so that I can be more caring, more giving to share the practice.  Gratitude for the abundance, love, and … this Rain, this cleansed fresh Air … we are extremely lucky to have shelter and this food …

Leaving room for the desserts:)

The torch ! Last touch to home made Creme Brulees – Thank you M & N:)

Enough carbs? Mashed potatoes, golden rice, stuffing, breads of various kinds …tough time to stay on Keto …

Nice touch – vegetarian stew:)  Delightful. Discovering rich flavoring is possible 100% plant based.

Oh, ohhh, Mojitos?  no, no, Moscow Mule ! Did not have any but love to shake that cocktail shaker for fun.

It must have been meant to be that I was teaching the day after to help out a yogi – something told me abstain and so I did not have a hang over !!! Then, it will truly be a Black (ed out) Friday …splattered on a yoga mat – did not happen !  Thankful.

Thank you for all the blessings … Namaste:)

* Get well soon C !  Holiday season is actually one of the most stressful time of the year.  Sure, it’s joyous but for some, if you make it into a production rather than what it’s really meant to be, then … there’s high pressure to meet that deadline, the same deadline everyone has, that intense pressure to please all, to have that perfect Norman Rockwell holiday season and so … step back, take a deep breath and prioritize.

Okay, okay, Cyber Monday coming up …

In 15 more days

Then, Day Light Savings will be over.  As we shift with setting the clock one hour to “Fall” back, we will truly be in midst of Autumn season.   Even in California, we do have subtle seasons that loosely reflect the 2018 calendar’s markings of seasons…

SPRING EQUINOX March 20
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 21
FALL EQUINOX September 22
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 5:23 P.M. EST

Already it’s getting darker and chillier outside in the mornings … and that means extraordinary will, a determination to make it to the gym, the studio, to your practice before sunrise.Sunrise being around 7:30am these days, for me, the drive is to feel and see the sunrise, which … is a spiritual feeling … a magical awakening.

So being that it’s with an effort, we make our way to this undertaking called “practice”,  I am more in awe and gratitude for anyone showing up for self-care.  Is it more a self-care to lick our wounds and stay under cover or do some other activity to let your body rest (good!) … maybe.We are all busy … but happy if we all carry just a little yoga intention off the mat so days off, we all need to care for self and others.

Many friends go on walks and so do I when I want to catch up by walking and talking. I love that time with our dogs … walked by our dogs, venturing into paths as they pull us to forge on.  I guess this foxy dog can be a sled dog …lol.

So I am not saying walking is not as good as yoga – there’s no comparison – they are both good to do for common and different reasons – just noting this helpful information – Here.

TGIF & Oktoberfest coming up:)  Please have a wonderful weekend capped by Sunday 4:15pm Deep Stretch Gentle Mellow Flow Yoga … it’s sweet for sweet yogis who deserve the time to be with Self to ready for Monday the start of week – a preparation starts the night before as my mom used to say.

Cleanse & Chill

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.”

 

There’s always Rumi to fall back on …

“In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

 

Here’s Crystal Bowls & Piano artist, Ms. Amano immersed in sound checking her own crystal bowl she lugged over from Japan, relative to this particular tone of a bowl found here.So happy to get to accompany an artist so PASSIONATE about her craft … wish I could encapsulate that kind of energy she exudes into a little bottle and save it as a little elixir for those days when one feels dull and listless – don’t we all have those moments?  How do YOU overcome that kind of a slump?

 

One of the reasons so many people are suffering from stress is not that they are doing stressful things but that they allow so little time for silence. 
― John O’Donohue,

Anam Cara:  A Book of Celtic Wisdom 

 

Reading the above, it’s not about setting yourself up in a sound-proofed hideaway  – have you really sat still and really listened – there is no such thing as silence – there are sounds, noise all around us – In urban setting the city may never sleep and there may always be that buzz, that drone, that white and all colors of noise … Then, in nature, there are sounds of birds, critters, leaves and trees rustling, winds … Antarctica ?  Never been there but have heard that it’s quite noisy with sounds of ice melting … is it a cracking sounds or sinking sounds … I wonder … there’s always sounds of your own breath, sounds of your own heart beating … sounds of your own rivers within that flows and streams of babbling brook water that’s all within our own landscape … there is faint … sounds … everywhere … if you seek silence.   It’s not that we are looking for the vacuum vortex of nothingness … but a pause … a moment of – respite.  If the “silence” is filled with sounds – vibrations – that sound sealed as a mantra is clearing, cleansing, relaxing and … energizing.

There’s a school founded by late Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama whose study of human consciousness, sub-consciousness & super-consciousness inspired certain Californian yogis like Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley, master teachers, to find the practice of Yin yoga.  It’s amazing that this school now has a certificate program in sound healing.  Here if interested.  Dr. Motoyama’s books on Chakra theory is mind-opening – there’s that Ahhh-HAHH moment – an epiphany when you read them.  We talk about inanimate objects vs live objects … what is the difference?  It’s all about … the energy that the image, object … a thing is filled with.  If there’s energy rippling throughout you, there’s a spark … expressed through a sparkle in your eyes, crisp fresh voice, face that is animated and expressive … there’s … an aura we each emit expressing our level of energy.  And some of us, attuned, may feel that as a “vibe” or “resonance” or just plain … premonitions, intuitions and … feelings.

The sound of chimes, drums, crystal and Tibetan bowls … beautiful strumming on strings … beautiful voices, chorus …lullaby, simply humming and sweet whispering … all carry that vibrations and echos that calms our nervous system.  When you surround yourself with that kind of sounds, then you will finally hear the silence – there’s that intermittent silence, there’s that pause between the sounds that is quiet and eternal … that silence …we can tune into when we are patient with ourselves.

I am aware of some people who have issues with hearing from too much noise – if fact,

  • It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss.
  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
  • 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.

(excerpt from World Health Organization)

Not referring here to hearing loss due to aging – referring more to hearing loss among the young due to excessive use of headphones, earphones, blaring music for extensive duration of time.  Same goes for some gyms, movie theaters, concerts … with the more the better mentality to wipe out distractions – louder the better; more intense the better; heavier and deeper the better; edgier the better … really?  Does the volume really have to be set at the highest and the loudest?  Same goes for people – is the loudest, the one who makes the splash and hit the highest tone, the wisest?  We have the full range of tonality within … sometimes we are drawn to the quiet one who exudes noble sense of calm – that all-knowing seer that one is able to evoke … is within each of us if we only peer within to uncover the power we have within.

We work hard each day – I don’t really know anyone who is not working hard each day in his or her own way … sometimes, we deserve the quiet peace to regain; reunite; renew with the best version of ourselves which we all have within waiting to find expression outward in a meaningful way.  That quiet time is to be dedicated to reveal why we are here, living this life, that time of meditation is forgiving in allowing us to rediscover what’s possible when the whirling noise, the confused debris, the dark sediments settles to the bottom … so that we can again, see with clarity and act with intentions. To find that distilled essence of you who is pure, strong and kind.

That’s the practice I myself seek and that’s the practice I want to share because I feel it’s of most value … and rewarding … living this busy demanding life filled with whole range of emotions …embracing them all as we wish to be happy and free:

“May we live like the lotus, at home in muddy waters.” – Buddha