Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Between birth and death, it's just like this." -Zen Saying

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Airport Hotels Altar #1


If you're anything like me and traveling makes you spacey, if you tend to snack instead of meal or make believe instead of real life: I promise there is great grounding in offering yourself to the simplicity of your breath.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I was befuddled a couple of months ago when I had a visitor in from out of town who was so so sad when it was time to go home. 

This particular visitor lives life like a lot of people do: it's boring old working way too hard at work then going somewhere totally different from work during vacation, having the best time ever and getting all blue when it's time to come back to the boring old working too hard stuff.

I can speak honestly as someone who is actually on vacation in a beautiful place right now: I am  excited to go home. Don't get me wrong, I'm having a great time, I am SO grateful to be here---except for a little jet-lag everything is perfetto, magnifico, ciao bella, va bene. I am also so grateful to have constructed a regular old everyday life that I love in a beautiful place, just as beautiful as these great places I've been. That one blonde guy with the airline and the record company, Richard Branson says it well, "I don't think of work as work and play as play, it's all living."




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dear Everyone

who is afraid of making a 'wrong' decision, who might regret, or who has a general lament of the way things turned out or the way things might come to be,

Please please please, save your money, save it for as long as it takes, and buy yourself a ticket to Rome.

In Rome, there is no getting lost. There is no making a wrong turn. Everywhere you look, every turn you make, you will see one of the most beautiful things you have ever seen. You can leave it at that or if you want answers, you can look up what you're looking at in your guidebook. You'll find out that what you're looking at is the most ancient, perfectly constructed ones of those that has ever existed. Then you'll laugh at yourself for thinking you had to get to the train station.



Love,
Ashleigh

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"No Snowflake

 ever falls in the wrong place." -Zen Saying



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Wisdom




When I first started to see my teacher Jen, I was at the end of a long relationship with a boyfriend who I still loved very much. I went into her office one day and was saying stuff like, "I think he might think this," and "What if he thinks this?"

When I finished my long list of what ifs and he mights, she asked me what I thought.

As Charlie Sheen's character puts it, "What do you care if your brother ditches school?" And like it or not, most of the time, "Your problem is you."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Agendas




Today while I was down in the big city waiting in line for a coffee, a gentleman kinda snuck up behind me and whispered "Are you impatient?" Surprised, I stepped a little forward and a way, "No I don't think so," I said. After I got my coffee and was swirling it around with some sweetener at the bar, he came back up to me to say, "I just can't believe how long they take and this coffee shop. Sometimes, there's a line out the door." "Yeah," I said not really agreeing, "I guess ya kinda have to give up your agenda when you make the choice to get coffee at a shop instead of making it at home." He laughed and asked me where I got my glasses, what kind of prescription I had and then started to tell me about some glasses he had, not on him, but probably in the car or at home.

I was game for about four minutes and then I started to think about how to end our little chat. Suddenly, there was a tiny pause and I said, "Well, I've got to be getting to work now." "I have one more thing to say," he started, "My goodness," I thought.

Yep. Little Miss 'You Kinda Have to Give Up Your Agenda...' was caught red-handed. Impatient and with an agenda.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Talent


I often say "I like it when people don't like my class." I believe if someone doesn't like my class, they're not meant to take it, and I wish them the best in finding a class they do like. I've been subbing every Thursday at a studio in Santa Fe. My experience so far, is that the many students really dig it. On my way out last Thursday, I overheard a guy who had taken my class ask someone for a suggestion on a different class--he didn't like mine. You might not believe it but Little Miss I Like It When People Don't Like My Class over here got her feelings a tiny hurt. I noticed the way I was feeling and remembered my big old opinion on the matter and before I even had a chance to turn the beat around, there was someone calling my name from across the parking lot. It was this beautiful yoga teacher, Laurence, which rhymes with how French people say France. She had taken my class and came running out after me to say thank you and to tell me that I was the real deal. "The real deal" struck me as a particularly American idiom and I graciously thanked her. What a doll, and what great timing.

I had my doubts about being called the real deal but I decided to go with it, this French lady was so alluring and my teacher Jen had JUST mentioned I was getting a PhD in the truth. Yesterday, any and all imaginings I may have had about being the real deal were squashed when I met the real deal holyfield.

THIS lady who's class I took yesterday was INTO it: we ommed in almost every pose and then some more silently in our hearts, we spent 10 minutes massaging our abdomens with yoga blocks, and she kept reminding us to imagine our legs were made out of red-clay earth. She wasn't afraid of being herself and she wasn't afraid of sharing her spirituality. Even though I kinda giggled, I was with her. In honor of Labor Day, she asked us to be grateful for every person who helped us, in all of the things we do, for their talent. Car mechanics, grocery-store clerks, school bus drivers, the postlady and postman. I loved hearing the word talent--which can seem so precious--in this context. Merriam-Webster defines talent as "the natural endowments of a person, "something that everybody has. On the path to replacing the word "them" with "us," this was a great reminder.