I think the difference is that it isn't transactional gratitude. It's something else. It's gratitude for things the way they are.
Creativity that is born of a desire to serve my students and their learning, or to facilitate self-awareness and self-revelation, is subtly yet entirely different than novelty for the sake of novelty. I believe this kind of creativity includes critical thinking, overlaying a grounded foundation of skill and knowledge, with a spark made of heart, innovation, and experience. This is novelty with a purpose.
Your vote only matters if you cast it, and it’s way easier to decide how to vote when you engage with and talk about the issues and the candidates. I hope we can support one another in that effort instead of expressing annoyance about friends and colleagues getting “too political.” It’s time we all become too political. Maybe that’s how politics changes.
This article popped up on social media with a nice, incendiary title, but I think it brings up important food for thought for clinicians, yoga teachers, and educators alike….
“The heart of America exists without boundary. It is present in the ways in which we are united as beings sharing space and time; the ways in which we love, and inspire one another, and hold onto the hope of boundless possibility time and time again. Maybe this concept smacks of idealist dribble in the face of the current sociopolitical climate, but when idealism is supported with action, dreams can become reality. Because honestly, without hope, there is no America.”
In order to stay healthy, we must take a more holistic perspective, recognizing that the body works in an infinite series of energetic, chemical, and physical interactions amongst systems. And instead of dwelling on fear of illness, frailty, and breakdown, remember that you are adaptable, resilient, and fully capable of living in good health.
To everyone that has helped me physically, emotionally, financially, energetically, or in any other way imaginable, my gratitude runs deep and untempered. No gesture was too small or forgotten. I am so fortunate to feel this kind of gratitude because I know that it will only move me to do as much as I can for as many people as I can in the future. You have taught me what support looks like, and it looks like love.
Sitting with and accepting internal conflict is what allows me to wholeheartedly experience gratitude without a side of cynicism, guilt, or shame. I think of it as “peace in paradox.”
Please stay connected. The issue or cause that hurts you enough to make you want to run and hide is the thing that needs you and your passion the most.
There are no sides to take in this conflict -- only the decision to speak and act from a place of hate or from a place of love.
“When someone says ‘I love you,’ they are really saying ‘I love who I get to be when I am with you.’”
It may seem completely normal for a yoga teacher to guide a meditation practice, but in reality I have spent years on the contemplative struggle-bus.
November is now in full swing, meaning the holidays are upon us. If you watch enough movies or enough media, holidays are a time when we are full of gratitude, joy, generosity, love, forgiveness, and all things peppermint or pumpkin-flavored. Our only care in the world is whether or not Starbucks should put reindeer and snowflakes back on their red cups, right?
It’s easy to feel the vibration of sound at a concert or at the movies where sound in focus, but there are subtle sounds everywhere that contribute to the overall vibration of nature, and when we pay attention, we can feel this vibration and begin to align our breath, mind, and movement with the world around us. If we do this on a regular basis, we learn how to ground, and how to work with natural rhythms instead of expending the energy it takes to fight them. It turns out that vibration is a powerful way to connect with our inner selves and with our natural world because it is audible but also tactile. The more senses we can use to experience something, the more it can be used to turn our focus inward.
Our bodies are powerful healers given the right conditions, but we must remember that, ultimately, our health is our own responsibility, and we know our bodies best. Therefore we play an essential role in healing. No doctor can do it all for us. And no one person has all the answers, so we must be invested learners, seekers, and advocates for our own well-being.
There is something truly special about experiencing yoga in a studio setting—breathing and sharing energy with those around us, and having the opportunity to separate from our everyday chatter. But some days we can’t get to the studio, whether it isn’t in our budget at the moment, or perhaps class isn’t at the right time to suit our schedule.
Each of us collect a lot of experience in our lives, and learn our own bodies and minds. Each experience impacts our thoughts, actions, and opinions, and at times it can be difficult to let go of our own deep sense of right and wrong, helpful and harmful, when we talk to others about their bodies and minds. Kino is being publicly harpooned as an example of harmful asana practice leading to injury, but honestly, no one knows for sure whether that is the case.
The Inner Beauty Shop turned the light on, making me self-aware in a completely new way. Once awareness is piqued, it cannot be easily buried, and in this case, awareness breeds discernment. I alone am responsible for the way I feel about myself and speak to myself, and the way I feel about myself informs the way I speak, behave, and treat others.