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Monday, May 10, 2021
This morning after my practice I was doing some reading in the book, In Love With the World, by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. It is a wonderful book and one I recommend reading if you can.
Today though it is about those connections that always seem to pop up, as I had been listening to a podcast yesterday by Mychal Bryan with Patricia Walden. She mentioned some of her favorite volumes of Astadala Yogamala so I decided to also do a bit of reading out of Volume 7. The connecting word that popped out in both readings was the word bridge or bridging.
In Rinpoche's book he is telling the story of his personal wandering retreat. He left his monastery where as a Tibetan master led a fairly sheltered life in terms of living in the outside world. He writes about deciding to stay in a pilgrimage house for awhile and writes, "I would venture out in the morning to tentatively test the homeless life, and return in the evening. Don't be in a rush, I told myself. I will stay on this bridge for as long as I need to, becoming homeless, becoming a beggar and a sadhu, becoming familiar with this new way."
I think sometimes we are in such a rush to get from A to B, we don't see the benefit of staying on the bridge for awhile longer. We maybe get impatient or don't want to seem like we don't know something which when we think about it is impossible to go immediately from novice to expert overnight.
Mr. Iyengar would talk about the going from the known to the unknown as a way of self-development and Rinpoche writes this also saying, "This retreat was supposed to expand my edges so far beyond the boundaries of what I knew about myself that there would be no me left to feel self-conscious."
When I picked up the Astadala Yogamala - the first chapter Yoga in General - Mr. Iyengar writes, "Mind is the link or bridge between the body and soul." and "conscience acts as a bridge between the consciousness and the soul."
How do we best connect through this bridge - body to mind, mind to soul? Through this wonderful practice where we must explore and understand our own body, breath and mind.
Rinpoche writes that he traveled to Parinirvana Park and knelt in front of a reclining Buddha statue to pay his respects. He "prayed to stay connected to the timeless awareness that is the very essence of all turbulent emotions. I prayed to allow feelings of discomfort, and especially of embarrassment, to self-liberate, to let the feelings be, and to hold them within awareness. I prayed for the courage to welcome negative emotions and to try to work with them. I prayed to see the waves not as monsters or other threatening obstacles but as displays of enlightened activity that reflected the true nature of my own mind. I prayed to deepen my understanding so that I could be of more benefit to sentient beings."
I hope through your practice and study of the external world, you will gain more knowing and understanding of the internal world.
Book recommendation: In Love With the World - by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Podcast recommendation: The Mychal Bryan Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDJIDG0I6I01FXOxvQpxueQ
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Link to Spring Session II newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/33e6a2532676/spring-session-ii
Monday, April 12, 2021
Sounds of Silence started during the pandemic. For me it was, and still is a way to connect to others near and far by sitting, reflecting and generating peace.
Here are the videos from this past spring session. I was recording to Facebook at the same time as on Zoom so the quality here isn't great but the audio is fine. Since most of it is seated quietly I think you can still follow quite easily. The videos with better quality though are on my Facebook page under videos: @plnyoga
Peace to you,
Day 1: https://youtu.be/XdNBFkq-Etw
Day 2: https://youtu.be/-7nL63WxEqI
Day 3: https://youtu.be/XUuclpV2twg
Day 4: https://youtu.be/lNHgEwFpnSM
Day 5: https://youtu.be/bXF4Izg6IO8
Day 6: https://youtu.be/6SLt_ddo8kM
Day 7: https://youtu.be/RY7QFd47Ih8
Monday, April 5, 2021
Over this past year I have done a few online sessions called Sounds of Silence. I felt it could be a great way to build a consistent meditation practice and feel connected to others at the same time.
Spring Sounds of Silence will be held over 7 evenings on my Facebook page, @plnyoga and I will also be recording over zoom and uploading to my YouTube channel. If you can’t join live you can do at a time that is best for you.
Spring is a time of renewed energy and often an endless to do list. It can become very challenging to maintain a steady mind when we are thinking of so many things and during a pandemic even harder.
Let’s join together and bring our normal awareness, which can be quite cluttered with day to day thoughts to a more meditative awareness.
If you would prefer to join me via Zoom instead of on my Facebook page please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have read this quote before, “One of the hardest things to do in yoga is unroll your mat.”
April, in North America anyways, shows more signs of spring, light and growth, I thought it would be a great opportunity to incorporate some Sun 🌞 Salutations into your daily or weekly practice.
This is just a playful challenge. Please don’t over do:) as it is more a time to give thanks to the sun for the energy it provides.
In the videos I have tried to show a few options. If you join it may be helpful to keep a journal of not only the number of sun salutations done but also how your body felt, how the breath felt and what the mind was saying to you:).
Video 1 - use of wall: https://youtu.be/UPPCXGcIiPQ
Video 2 - use of chair or counter: https://youtu.be/eJljLNLBr-Q
Video 3 - surya namaskar variations: https://youtu.be/fdD5RcQ3ZZA
Thanks for joining me..
If you would like, please let me know how you’re doing, any questions, variations you’ve come up with.
You can also let me know daily, weekly or monthly how many you’ve done and we can have a grand total at the end of April.
I also put together this daily journal pages from others I had seen as a way to be more aware of other things I am doing in my day. Am I getting enough water? How am I feeling? Did I laugh today?