Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Change is in the Air"

Sorry for the redundancy tipsandtricks readers who took my workshop on Sunday! I couldn't resist sharing this gem with our larger community. To all of you: may the change feel good.

"Just as the world around us changes and evolves, so do the circumstances and situations in our lives. We live in a universe that is alive, vibrant and constantly evolving. Change is the way nature, the universe and the Divine move us through each period of our lives and into destiny. We are led to our next lesson, our next adventure. There's no need to deny change, to fear it or fight against it. Change is inevitable. Just as the earth is in constant motion and transformation, so are we.

Take your place in the universal dance, the universal rhythm. Allow change to happen. Work with it as your life unfolds. Sometimes change comes in one smashing moment like a volcanic eruption. Other times it happens more slowly, the way the winds and rain sculpt bridges out of canyons.

Learn to trust your body--it's signs, signals, warnings and excited proclamations. We let the gathering clouds warn us of impending storms, and we learn to study and predict tremors in the earth. In much the same way, our body can function as a barometer for our soul and it's place in the constantly changing and evolving universe.

You are open now, more sensitive than you've been before. Change is coming. It's here. You can feel it in the air. You can feel it in yourself.

Thank your body for helping you.
Thank the universe for what it is about to do.
Then thank God because change will bring you closer to love."--Melody Beattie

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Short Story by Me, Ashleigh Beyer

Yesterday, among other things, I was doing my darnedest not to compare my path to other people's paths. I opened one of my favorite books, Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and among other things it said:
"The path we choose will not necessarily make sense, but we have all experienced the emptiness of 'making sense.'" I felt grateful for experienced teachers, wise words, good books and a willingness to turn. 

The End

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Some Thoughts on This Being a Human Stuff

"You are not an individual being, let alone an individual doer. You're not even an individual entity! You are merely a pattern of vibrating energy. Truly understanding that, with conviction, will help tremendously." --Ramesh S. Balsekar

Friday, April 17, 2015

The One Hundred and Eigth Day of the Year

The number 108 is significant in yoga for lots of different reasons, and today is the 108th day of the year. On this one hundred and eighth day, Rolf Gates in his terrific daily reader has insight into patience:

"How poor they are that have no patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

We have bad days and good days, in practice as in life. Sometimes the progress of yesterday seems to have evaporated today. And yet there is always movement. As long as we show up and do the work, healing will happen. This is the message but we must be willing to hear it. We must be prepared to bear witness, patiently, to the degrees by which we move forward. As we learn to celebrate these moments in our practice, we refine our appreciation for subtlety and learn to appreciate growth in those around us as well. And as we practice patience on our mats, our ability to stay with a difficult  posture--both on and off the mat--grows."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Honor It By Relaxing"

If we're being honest: I'm kind of a mess. I didn't sleep well last night or the night before, I've been having some trouble with a tooth which has been effecting my neck and shoulder. Further still, I'm moving May 1st and I have a lot of work looking at me between now and then. When I told my teacher Jen all about it this morning, I summed it up with, "I guess I'm just stressed, I'm moving after all." Jen said it's not necessarily true what we're taught when we hear people say, "I can relax after...." or "After fill-in-the-blank, I'll be able to breathe." Jen says no, that's wack, I can relax now. And today's reading from Journey to the Heart agrees with her, "But anything that needs to be done can be done better if we're relaxed....Just as water cannot pass naturally through a pinched hose, your vital life force cannot flow freely through you if you are cramped and tense. Honor the life force that is in you, that flows through you. Honor it by relaxing, opening to it, and inviting it to surge through your body."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Alchemies Between People

*a page from Louise Hay's calendar

The other day after talking to my friend about her relationship, I felt bad. The next time I saw her, I apologized; she said no big deal, I didn't give any unsolicited advice. But still, what has been true for me will most likely not be true for anyone else, especially in regards to relationship. We have no idea what it's like to be in anyone else's relationship. One of my teachers, Kay says, "Synergies between two people are so private, no one else knows anything about it, in spite of the fact they think they do. Alchemies between people are intimate. Everybody else can have an opinion or an observation but they don't really know." Yep folks, that's why she's one of my teachers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Submission Vs. Surrender

"In submission, an individual accepts reality consciously but not unconsciously. He accepts as a practical fact that he cannot at the moment conquer reality, but lurking in his unconscious is the feeling 'there'll come a day...' This is no real acceptance; the struggle is still going on. With this temporary yielding, tension continues. But when the ability to accept functions on the unconscious level as surrender, there is no residual battle; there is relaxation and freedom from strain and conflict." --Dr. Harry M. Tiebout

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Closer

"And the less I seek my source for some definitive, 
the closer I am to fine." --Emily Saliers