Soul Food

 

YOGA ON THE MAT

Available for peace anytime, anywhere.
All that is required is that one “shows up” and dares to breathe.
So…what does it mean to show up? SUBJECTIVE.
What does it mean to breathe? Subjective again.
Get OBJECTIVE. FOCUS. DELIBERATE CHOICE.
The nature of the practice…is to practice. Never-ending incredible relationship.
Some moments are connected, present and aware.
Often times the mind roller coasters around and fights for attention..
That mind. the wild horse…craving boundaries and taming.
Then there’s the breath…the ujjayi breath or the “victorious” breath…as in victory over the mind.
hone in on the breath…it gives that wild horse of a mind something to focus on.
it will take you “HOME”…every single time.
Yoga on the Mat…
IT’S PERSONAL
Challenging, some days incredibly challenging.
So what do you do when you don’t want to practice?
ROLL OUT YOUR MAT. roll out the mat. get on the mat. BREATHE.
It doesn’t have to look a certain way. there are no time restrictions or sweating requirements.
Oh, that ego…it will want to show up…absolutely…
Your “stuff” may get triggered and come to the surface.
GREAT…
Get to know that ego voice. learn to discern the ego from the teacher within.
Watch it. watch the voice of the ego. learn from it.
Practice ACCEPTANCE. absolute SURRENDER to the moment. soften. BREATHE deeper. CONNECT.
The practice transcends.
Some days the body may feel like liquid. some days like splintered wood.
Dare to show up to check in.
If you don’t cook… well, start cooking on the mat.
Marinate your muscles, tendons, ligament in the breath.
Cook the chatter out of the mind with your breath.
If you don’t like to clean…well, start dusting and clearing the cobwebs in the body.
Clear through the blocks of stuck energy.
ROLL OUT THE MAT.
Satiate, complete, and restore.
You may just discover a few things along the way.
Do something epic everyday.
LIVE LIFE. PRACTICE YOGA. – Jill Kennedy

 

 

The body never lies.  ~Martha Graham

 

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.  – Anais Nin

 

Don’t just do something. Sit there. – Richard Eyre

 

There is nowhere to go, so a way is not needed. In fact, dropping all the ways, dropping the very search and just being yourself is enough. Because you cannot do that, you have to be shown a few ways to walk and get tired on. That is just to exhaust you. – OSHO

 

Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

 

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe

 

“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” - Carol Buchner

 

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” –Josef Albers

 

“A very wise old teacher once said: “I consider a day’s teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh.” He meant that when people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, jailer and prisoners. They become a single group of human beings enjoying its existence.” – Gilbert Highet

 

“Every time you wake up and ask yourself, “What good things am I going to do today?,” remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it.” –Indian proverb

 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”– Emily Dickinson

 

“All around the world, people believe that there is a great conflict between good and evil. Well, it’s true that there’s a conflict, but it only exists in the human mind.”—Don Miguel Ruiz

 

“Feel that you have something to give because you do. Assume that the people you are to play with will show up because they will.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you’re perfectly free. – sufi mystic – jelaluddin rumi – 13th century