"This is a tough time in our history; its chaotic, confusing, disquieting, and it feels as though we're losing the plot entirely. One remembrance we can maintain, one of the best tools we've got is our PRACTICE. Practice being present. Practice devising new ways to help someone close to you feel connected. Practice contemplating how the words you're saying in your mind are either adding to the jumble, or smoothing it out. Practice listening to your intuition, then quietly and patiently allow your knowing to tell you what's next. Stay available to how you can help. Your smile, your courtesy, your kindness can really effect a change in someone else's contracted mindset. Do your practice with a whole heart, as a daily offering to all you hold sacred. It helps us all." ~ Elena Brower, Yoga & Meditation Teacher
The Buddha, Shakyamuni, our teacher, predicted that the next Buddha would be Maitreya, the Buddha of love...
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving-kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation. ~ THICH NHAT HANH
My new bookmarks. Ask me for one next time you are in class.
Peace. Love this shot!
"The greatest gift you can offer anyone is their complete freedom. Freedom to love, to laugh, to cry, to feel scared, angry, insecure, full of doubt or full of joy. To hold them in that safe and sacred place.
You don't exist to make anyone else happy. But you can be present. Present to their unhappiness, their excitement. Present to the life that moves in them.
And you can invite them to a deeper Happiness. The Happiness of Being itself. The Happiness that holds them exactly as they are. The way you hold them now. The way the ground holds flowers." ~ Jeff Foster
“We want to make sure that we’re not skimming the surface. As yoga evolves in America it’s really our responsibility to dig down and discover where it comes from, how it relates to us, and how we can really move it forward so that it can benefit humanity...” - MC YOGI
On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow.
~the Bhagavad Gita
Love this saying:
"The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber"
~ Francis Quarles
I want both of us To start talking about this great love As if You, I and the Sun were all married And living in a tiny room. Helping each other to cook, Do the wash, Weave and sew Care for our beautiful Animals. We all leave each morning To labor on the earth’s field. No one does not lift a great pack. I want both of us to start singing like two Traveling minstrels About this extraordinary existence We share, As If You, I, and God were all married and living in a tiny room. ❃ Hafiz ❃