before fixing what you’re looking at, check what you’re looking through.
it was a beautiful sun-filled day. i had driven 300 miles to see her. she was ninety-four and had been in one room for close to eight months. i was her first-born grandson and she was so happy to see me. but after catching up, we sat in silence on the edge of her bed, and finally, she complained how gray a day it was.
i realized then that her one window hadn’t been cleaned in almost a year. when i said this, she chuckled, as only someone ninety-four can, and uttered with her russian accent, “got a dirty eye, see a dirty world.”
it is the same with our minds and hearts. for our very self is the one window we have into this life. and so often, we suffer the mood of a dirty window, believing the brilliant world gray.
perhaps the purpose of authentic relationship is to help each other keep our minds and hearts clear. perhaps inner work is the ordinary art of window washing, so that the day is fully the day.
-sit quietly until you feel centered
-now use your breath to wash the ideas from your mind.
-breathe evenly and wash the film from your heart.
-breathe deeply and wash the conclusions from your eyes.
–from mark nepo’s the book of awakening
(thank you mark)
god is alive
magic is afoot
god is alive
magic is afoot
god is afoot
magic is alive
alive is afoot
magic never died
if you’re in the houston area and are looking for quality bodywork, seek out adrian sanders–she’s pretty dang awesome:
read this book: when you notice your mind is not on your breathing, notice what’s on your mind & then on purpose let go of it and come back to this breath–let go of reacting and having to do one more thing, gently but intentionally escort your mind back to this moment, where you choose to feel your breathing.
yogis–sunday morning i’m co-teaching the breakfast yoga club at the asia society, 1370 southmore blvd: HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
internal practice, high form of mantra:
begin to recite inwardly the following phrases directed to yourself–you begin with yourself because without loveing yourself it is almost impossile to love others.
may i be filled with loving-kindess.
may i be well.
may i be peaceful and at ease.
may i be happy.
(write or print out and repeat as necessary)
sometimes we forget how truly blessed we are; here’s a simple meditation for getting back into the present moment:
if not here, where else could we bring alive compassion, justice and liberation?
be thou the rainbow in the storms of life
the evening beam that smiles the clouds away
and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
i am now teaching regular sunday morning classes–10-11:30am
looking forward to seeing you on the mat
strength, flexibility, breath, stability and creativity–an ongoing exploration of asana and pranayama.
now doesn’t that sound like fun?!