Where or where is “yoga”?

October 27, 2017
A conversation I had recently went something like this:
“Oh, you are doing art & meditation & sound healing, but no ‘yoga’ for the workshop?” 
 How is THIS not yoga?  How is all of THIS not yoga?  Have we forgotten what yoga IS? Did we ever know in the first place?  Everything is Yoga when Yoga is understood.  There is no separation between not yoga & yoga.  As I write, I am practicing my yoga.  As I sit, I am practicing my yoga.  As I plan my day, I am practicing my yoga.  These are not just words to say and repeat robotically. This is not just a script I have been trained to recite. This is not just a theory or exercise. This is the most profound truth I have ever known.  Yoga is “Union”. These are not words to be taken lightly. Not a phrase to be gently smiled upon as you nod in agreement.  Saying it is not enough. Reading it is not enough.  Printing it on a T-shirt, is not enough.  Telling others is not enough.
Understanding it, is everything.  Let is sink in.  Let it inform every aspect of your life. 
Yoga Is Union.
Sometimes I think studios and the studio culture has completely ruined yoga by cultivating the culture that yoga is something you can pay for.   Something you can go to and experience for an hour and then go home or back to work or wherever.  Something you can read in a book on or have printed on a bumpersticker. Something you “Do”.  Something you can call/label yourself.
Yes, I am aware of the counter arguments regarding making a living and money as an accepted and valuable form of exchange.  And I am in no way against any of that. Still, I find myself asking all the time:  What have we lost, what are we in the process of losing, as yoga becomes increasingly commodified, “studio-ified”?   Its a big question.  Perhaps it is too late.  But asking it will help us as other spiritual paths (shamanism, meditation) go mainstream and are in danger of walking this same slippery slope .
I wonder how many of us really think about this, sink our teeth into this question and engage it fully?  Really consider, 10 years out, where does this path I am paving lead?  What are the pros and cons of the choices I am making now,  to the future collective awakening of this world, this consciousness?  Am I helping, or hurting?  Can I be honest? Can I even know?  Does that make it OK?
Is Beer/Cat/Glitter/Naked (fill in the blank) Yoga truly guiding us to awakening? (assuming thats everyones goal, which is a big assumption, I know.)  If it is now, does that make it a good idea?  What even contributes to our understanding of what is a ‘good idea’ or not? Thats the bigger question.
Before I started teaching “yoga & sound”, I went first to my Yoga Guru and asked him if this pairing was in accordance with the yoga lineage that I am a part of.  I then went to my Sound Healing teacher and asked her what she thought about it as well.  Both gave me their blessings, their feedback, their assurance that this was an appropriate use of both these tools.  Only then did I design the ‘curriculum’ and start teaching “yoga & sound healing”.
When you’re not sure if your work is ultimately contributing to “the greater good”, ask your teachers, your guides, your gurus, ask the Divine.  And them be willing to listen.
I am a humble vessel for the Divine and respectfully tread very carefully anytime I create a “new offering”. This is tremendously powerful work.
  • Its time to stop being so aloof with the term “yoga” and how it is applied.
  • Its time to practice better discernment as we come up with new ideas and how to apply them.
  • Its time to not just judge whether something is a good idea or not by how many people show up or come through the door.
  • Its time to be willing to live and breathe “Eyes Wide Open” instead of just saying it.
This is my wishlist at this time.  Its a personal wishlist, not meant to be coercive, judgmental or derogatory in any way.  Just one persons vision of what is happening now and one persons dream of a better tomorrow.
“May you see clearly the path before you. May you  understand fully the path behind you.  And may you walk with Grace, truth, equanimity, compassion and focus, in the here & now.”

Monday, Sept 18, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!

Nothing is unrelated.  So many lines of inter connection are present in all our daily work, play and interactions.   It can become overwhelming to try to take it all in. So, in order to  cope, we focus, order the information and move forward. This is helpful and necessary. But it can also lead us to forget the interconnectedness of it all and the multiple lenses that exist in collaboration with one another at any one moment, for any event.

Take a look around this week and be willing to see this  interconnectedness.  Anchoring in deeply to your own rootedness, feeling grounded and secure, notice what might seem like “coincidences” happening all around.  Are you willing to see these as not just coincidences, but important information that is necessary for your survival and thriving at this moment?  Not to brush them off or turn away or be dismissive or roll your eyes?

These coincidences, these happenings, can be on many levels.  Perhaps the animal world is offering you a mirror, a reflection?  Seeing or hearing a particular animal repeatedly this week or recently.  Perhaps its something you have been seeing as a mere annoyance (keep losing your keys recently? ).  Look to the hidden messages this week as they are coming up all around us.

They are here to guide us forward through the transition coming with the Equinox. To move us into a place of balance and equanimity.  Understanding how the logical, scientific, and analytical information works in union with the supernatural, energetic and sacred is critical.  Balance the Mind and the Spirit for this coming week and you will find yourself moving forward into this Fall with clearer discernment and awareness.

 

Word of the Day:  Equipoise

E-Themes of the Week:  Hawks and birds of prey, Fire, Revolutionary War, France, low back pain, ‘accidents’ on the physical body (minor but irritating), ovaries, lymphatic system.

Song of the Day:  Connected by HUMAN

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Look into the places where you feel afraid.  Peer inside with tenderness and care.  Be willing to see the places that scare you.  The dark places.  The shadowy corners.  What lurks there?

These hidden fears are often representations of something tender, raw, vulnerable.  We make them into monsters in our mind, but they are more like prey.  If we ask these places what they need, we can shift them and bring ourselves into deeper levels of balance in the process.

What are you concerned about, worried for, right now?   Remember this:  All of us, ALL of us, regardless of class, race, upbringing, religion, belief systems, share in this human quality of wanting to survive.  In this survival place, we all have our concerns which sometimes get triggered into fears.  We wear these fears very similarly:  as anger, pride, self-righteousness, stubbornness.  But really, we all just need to be safe.  If I look around at those yelling the loudest, at those who are most accusatory, at those who have been ignored or those who have the most, I see people who just want to feel secure. Who just want to know they, and their loved ones are protected.

Are we, as a Human race, able to look beyond the chasms of our differences, and see this common need for stability , this shared interest of being healthy and whole, as a unifying trait?

Start with you.  Start with now.  Start right here.

Song of the Day: Safety Dance by Men without Hats

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today.

Truth.  why do we seek it?  why do we need it? why are we so concerned with Truth? who’s truth are we seeking?  Is it Truth we really want or are we seeking something else under the guise of Truth?  Is there an avoidance of uncertainty that drives this need for Truth? Are we uncomfortable with doubt? What lies beneath this need or search for Truth?

What do you think the Truth will bring you?  happiness?  love?  ease?  peace?

“Only tortured people seek “truth”” says prominent Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod.

Will Truth really set you free?  If you know the Truth will it really make everything else clear? Or has our drive toward Truth simply become a coping mechanism in an out of control, chaotic, world and life? What if Truth is completely contextual?

Whenever you find yourself really latching on to something, like needing to know the Truth,  raising your fist in rage and passion, get suspicious.   Bring discernment to this place.  How do you FEEL in your body when you tune in to this latching on to Truth?  Is there an emotional trigger, an attachment?  Remember this clouds your ability to discern. Always.  Step back. Do nothing.  Let go.

 

Get off the Truth wagon.

 

Song of the Day: The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!!!

Clear a pathway, just one pathway, to something, someplace, someone today.  It might be a small corner of your desk so you have a better view through a window, or perhaps raking an area in your backyard, or maybe even just sweeping a hallway in your home?  It could be a phone call or conversation that needs to happen to clear the air. You can even clear a pathway in your mind using your breath. Or in your body, using dance.  Or clear a pathway  in your work, focusing your time and energy on a project.  There are many ways to consider “clearing a pathway”.

Each perception is just a lens that helps us see more clearly. Remember there are always multiple perspectives at play simultaneously.  It can be overwhelming and confusing to try to think of all these perspectives all at once,  but if you pick one lens to see through clearly, all the other implications and areas will be impacted as well.  Its just about getting started and following through with your intention.

Today, look for a pathway to be cleared. A way to get from point A to point B.  And then, with focus and attention, walk mindfully down the path you have created, and see what is there for you.

 

song of the day:  heavydirtysoul by 21 Pilots

Monday, April 10, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

I ask myself “whats happening today?”  and I open to a blank page, a new document. What needs to be written here, in this emptiness?  Before me stands limitless possibility.  Every option available.  There is potential rising with the sun itself, with each breath.

And the page itself is still blank.  I inhale, exhale and write.  Never knowing what comes next.  Never even trying to imagine it.  I become one with the moment.  Sometimes it is awkward, abrupt, rough.  Other times it is flowing, natural, easy.  I expect nothing, judge nothing, edit nothing.  And then I offer it up.

Through this process I reveal not so much a window into an oracle foretelling the future as the heartbeat of the present moment.  My present moment.  And in reflecting my present moment, I reflect yours.  Not because I know something you don’t, but because I am willing to share my imperfection, my not knowing, my knowing, my perfection. All of it.

This process mirrors life itself.  An honest, vulnerable, fierce, raw, natural, aligned life.

What is here for you today, on this blank page? For me, there is potential.

Song of the Day:   “Kinetic and Potential Energy” by Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans from the Singing Science Records.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4g7T5gw1M

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Let your unfolding continue.  One delicious, lovely day at a time.  Take it easy.  Take it slow.  Like the unfurling of a new spring leaf.  Each day, miraculous opening almost invisibly, until, after a few days, it is completely revealed.  This is your process too.

As you unfold into each new day, each new moment, each new breath, take the time to notice, appreciate and accept it.  Resist the temptation to “curl back up”.  There is actually nothing for you to “do” here.  Just be present in this sacred precious moment.  Just notice, in the tiniest of details, in most nuanced of ways, how this unfolding is representing in your life here & now.

Then, with a smile, breathe it in & let it go.  With acceptance and non-attachment you will integrate each unfolding just as it is.

How are you unfolding today?

Energy Radar Blips:  Jupiter, The Ides of March, Rome, scapegoats, unfolding.  

Song of the Day:  Season Song by Blue States

season song blue states free mp3