An update from Cheri at Maple Farm Sanctuary: In late September a Mendon resident called us saying there was a Canada Goose in her yard, unable to fly. Jim and I got our net and small blankets and went to catch the goose. When we arrived it was obvious the goose couldn't fly but there we no signs of injury. Once we got him back to the sanctuary, I examined him for obvious broken bones or other trauma. The only finding was that he was young and very underweight. We didn't want him to bond with us (as difficult as that was!) so we provided him with lots of food, fresh water and the ability to stay in the barn or leave. He began going into the barnyard and making practice flights. He flourished! He knew the barn schedule better than we did. As I fed the squished grapes to the chickens at night the goose quickly grew to appreciate the special treat as well. As November came to an end more flocks of Canada Geese were coming to visit our fields. With each coming and going was a lot of honking. Our little goose was now paying closer attention to all of this activity. Then, one morning [...]
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May All Beings be Happy and Free Om Lokah Samastha Sukino Bhavantu Wishing peace and prosperity for you and your family in 2009 Om Shanti
The philosophy of Yoga teaches us that that conciously shifting from the mindset of "what can I get, to what can I give" is the path to lasting freedom and happiness.
In the 1920's, it was believed that smoking cigarettes helped with respiration, Tour DeFrance riders would lite up and share cigarettes before big hills. Aren't you tired of the old thoughts, beliefs, prejudices? How do we release who we used to be, and embrace who we are becoming? Steady practice wipes the slate clean. Patanjali wrote these Sutras over two thousand years ago: 1-13 Tatra sthitau yatno-’bhyasah Being firmly established in the state of controlled thought waves is called practice. 1-14 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito dridha-bhumih Persistent practice, becomes firmly grounded in presence when it has been practiced for a long, uninterrupted time, and with earnest devotion. sah - that practice tu - however dirghakala - (for) a long time nairantarya - without interruption satkara - reverence, devotion, respect avesitah - pursued, practiced, continued dridhabhumih - firmly grounded I saw this bag in the store the other day. Old news. Not much good except for cat litter and bird cages. What old ways do you hold on to? Next time you practice, shed your skin, and thaw your heart. Let each breath out make room for the new. It's never too late to re-write your story. I'm planning a special New Years Day workshop on making space for lasting change. we'll explore our practice as a vehicle for transformation. [...]
we raised a half of ton of food from one yoga class.. . A new record at the Acton Pantry. 8)
Daan Yoga, or Recession proofing your life Two fellow Yoga teachers and I are hosting a benefit for the food pantry Today. Coming off this cycle of abundance and frivilous spending by much of the country, I think we need to re-learn how to give, how to really experience generosity. Two ways to experince the gift of giving: 1, Root through your shelves and find the box of pasta, and can of soup bought so long ago, and bring them along to class. Yes, that will feed somebody, and we will very-much appreciate your contribution. 2, Search your cabinets and find the favorite item amongst your stores. Hold it to your heart; imagine the person who will receive it. Beam your prayer into the container, infusing the food with this light. Do this until your eyes well-up. Bring it to class and place it in the bin. Don't tell anybody. It's not a story; it's a sacred act of compassion between you and the recipient. It's important to notice even a slight hesitation in your giving. Is it an expensive item, does it activate a sense of 'I don't have enough?' Our lower chakras blindly grasp the material world, and keep us in a feeling of fear and lack. Our [...]
Thanks to all who Joined us for the full-house Yoga of Sound workshop on Saturday. I'm getting lots of great feedback along with requsts for more Kirtan and Movie nights. Your presence makes these events possible. The Namesake is one of my favorite films and the soundtrack is just stunning, it was a pleasure to watch it again with all of you. Our next event is a Free Yoga Class with three teachers at Yoga and Nia for Life, December 6'th 12-2pm. Bring a donation of food for the Food Pantry and get a great Yoga class! I'll be warming us up with breathwork and gentle twists. Kate will take over for a nice flow. Natalie will then lead us through an amazing restorative series of postures, and ease us all into a nice long Shavasana. Join us in helping to feed people. You'll be doing good, and feeling great. find out more at the Yoga Events page We'll end just in time for the Polar Bear Plunge at Walden Pond. Yes, they go swimming to encourage education about global warming. There's a video of last years plunge on the page. I wish you all a healthy, happy and compassionate holiday, I'll be in retreat at the Ashram for the next five days, Susan Chorman is sub-teaching our classes on Monday. Om [...]
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A beautiful poem to visualize our interconnectedness.