Namaste! We’ve been doing this writing exercise for years, I'm dusting it off, updating a bit and reposting, I hope you do it, you'll be glad you did: (printable version at the end)
This weekend, leading Yoga teacher Jessica Crow is Amtraking up from NYC, bringing her Dharma Mittra inspired Yoga to our small-town (but worldly) community. We'll learn a lot and get a taste of NYC Yoga. These classes will be especially good for teachers to attend, please help spread the word?
You'll be glad you carved out a few minutes for this eye, (and heart) opening exercise in leaving 2011 behind... and inviting 2012.
Sit here for a bit. Place yourself outside the frenzied pace of life. Slow down long enough to...
This was so-not the planned silence... Kankana played an ancient harmonium, into beautiful - swimming melodies called Ragas. Could I surrender to the new plan?
Mother Teresa's charities in Calcutta are as real as it gets. Words could never do justice to what I witnessed there. She was so simple, yet so effective... and her legacy of compassion lives on. The least we can do is try to follow her advice given here. We'll forget, we can remember. A steady practice is all in the returning to it. -j
Invariably the question: "Why 108?" comes up. There are many opinions about Why 108, but here I'll mention a few that people tend to agree upon.
The teachings are clear, and very simple. We tend to become what we do all the time. Wether that is good news or bad, depends on how we practice, how much are we really present for?
Just when I had thought I'd heard all the reasons not to practice, A regular and committed student told me: "My Dog ate my mala." Didn't we all try that in grade school with our homework?
Namaste! Everyone wants to know how the retreat went! Thanks for all the encouraging notes. From the amazing feedback, I would say that our Fall retreat at SpiritFire was a great success. The weather was perfect, each day the foliage turned more vibrant. Meals were astounding, and the rooms very comfortable. I really like how every detail was watched over and cared for by the staff. This allowed us to really focus on the depth of our practice. Having our morning Yoga practice and meals in total silence (Mauna) added a richness and texture to our presence at SpiritFire. The hikes were breathtaking, our Mantra practice cathedral-like, and our celebratory fire circle warmed us inside and out. The act of spiritual retreat is ancient, and even more applicable in our times, To retreat is to step back and gain perspective, a clearer view of how we've been living. Through practices of awareness we measure that against how we'd like to be living, and resolve to create the appropriate changes. Leaving behind the old, we reintegrate back into our lives, holding space for practice, for presence, and to bring the essence of our retreat back home. We're already planning next years retreat, same place, same weekend! And we're looking at a Spring Retreat to Ananda Ashram, Where I've [...]