Archive for March, 2011

Be Present in Peace by Jason Tarsney

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Poetry

There can be no peace, while we are ruled by fear
There can be no peace, when we lead with an iron fist
There can be no peace, when we place ego and materialism over basic human needs
It is time to rise up and take control of our own destiny
It is time to demand truth and hold accountable our nations leaders
It is time to move beyond boarders, beyond artificial lines in the sand
Move beyond the need to be better than those around you
The time has come to stand up for life
Stand up for the world around us
And stand up for our future generations
Let not one second go by where you carry hatred in your heart
Let not one person walk past you with judgement in your eye
Let not one life suffer while you live in excess
We are here as one
Let mutual respect and compassion rule our thoughts
Let differences be embraced and celebrated
Let us live in a new present where we can be true to ourselves
And we can embrace the spirit within each of us
Each life in precious
Each life is deserving of all that is offered
Let each of us not restrict the life of another
For together, the impossible becomes possible
And all life is able to grow and flourish

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Quotes
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The most important relationship you can have is the one with yourself, because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.

– Diane von Furstenberg

 

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Quotes
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When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

– Jimi Hendrix

 

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Quotes
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One can start from the perspective of a religious naturalist or from the perspective of the world religions and arrive at the same place: a moral imperative that this Earth and its creatures be respected and cherished.

– Ursula Goodenough

 

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Quotes

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

– Lena Horne

 

The Blue Vase Exercise

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Multimedia
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Close your eyes. Breathe out all that disturbs you, all that tires you, all that obscures you. Breathe it out as a light smoke (carbon dioxide) that is easily absorbed by the plant life around you. When your breath comes in on the inhalation, see it as blue as the radiant blue light from the sky, and filled with sunlight. See the blue golden light filling your nostrils, your mouth, your throat, and flowing down your back as a great river of light. See it filling your feet, your toes, and stretching out of your toes as long antennas of light. See the light circulating up your legs to fill your pelvis, see it rising up into your chest, flowing in and out of your heart until your heart becomes a glowing blue lamp. See the light flow down your arms like smaller rivers of light, fill your hands and fingers, stretch out of your fingers as long antennas of light. As you continue to breathe in the blue light, see the light continue to fill you. See it begin to radiate out of the articulations of your joints: out of your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. See the light fill you until it radiates out of your skin in all directions. See yourself as a crystal vase filled with light and radiating light in all directions. Open your eyes, seeing yourself as the crystal vase radiating blue light in all directions. Then stop.

[Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming by Catherine Shainberg]

 

  • Every tree in a forest has the same goal: to reach toward the light. One tree’s method is not better than another’s. Each species has individual characteristics which enable it to grow to its greatest potential. The various yogic systems are unique, yet have the same purpose: to grow toward enlightenment.

99% Practice and 1% Theory. – K. Pattabhi Jois

That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but an ability to do it has increased. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Only through practice can we taste the fruits of the yoga tree. Without it we are left to speculate or theorize.
    • If one wants to know the qualities of an apple, it would do no good to draw diagrams and look at apples in a jar. But to be into the fruit itself, one would gain an immediate experience of its essence. The nutritious effect the apple would also be readily absorbed and assimilated as we enjoy its qualities. To know Ashtanga Yoga, it must be tasted through practice.
  • Each practice session is a journey. Endeavor to move with awareness and enjoy the experience. Allow it to unfold as a flower opens. There is no benefit in hurrying. Yoga grows with time.
    • Someday are easy and the mind is calm and the physical body is light responsive. Other days you may find that the mind is running wild and the body feels like wet cement. We must breathe deeply and remain detached. Asanas are the goal. They are a vehicle to access a deeper internal awareness.
    • Each practice is like a new day. Enter it with the eyes of a child. Find wonder in the practice of yoga. Feel joy in breathing fully.

The only journey is the journey within. – Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Ujjayi Breath – Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Bandhas
  • Vinyasa – the marriage of breath and movement
    • Vinyasa is more than simply moving the body on a physical level. Vinyasa is dancing with the energy of the universe. It is the external expression of the invisible movement of our subtle life-force.
  • Drishti – view your practice through the eyes of drishti
  • Balance exists in the equality of opposition.
    • Find your equality of opposition within the point of stillness between effort and effortlessness.
    • Balance is more than just not falling over. It is the learning of a internal composure which translates into self-awareness.
    • It is not the external appearance of an asana that matters, but rather the internal level of balance achieved on both a physical and mental level.
  • If you feel discomfort in an asana come out and return to your breath. Never sacrifice the breath to achieve an asana.
  • Yoga is a meditative experience which promotes inner calmness and tranquility.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end. – Ursula K. LeGuin

Nothing would be done at all if we waited until we could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. – Cardinal Newman

  • We live in a fast-paced world. There are fast foods, fast cars, and fast computers. All of this speed is meant to give us more free time. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be the case. With all of the rushing to and from there is little time left for personal pursuits.
  • Setting unreasonable goals creates a recipe for discouragement or self-doubt which may lead to giving up the practice altogether.
    • Consistency is more important than quantity in a sporadic fashion.
  • We cannot avoid all of the stresses that life offers. Our only real control is how we react to the waves of challenges that are thrust upon us.

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: You mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. – Patanjali

 

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Quotes
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You cannot avoid making judgements but you can become more conscious of the way in which you make them. This is critically important because once we judge someone or something we tend to stop thinking about them or it. Which means, among other things, that we behave in response to our judgements rather than to that to which is being judged. People and things are processes. Judgments convert them into fixed states. This is one reason that judgements are often self-fulfilling.

– Neil Postman

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Quotes
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The idea of “crime” in existing criminology is artificial, for what is called crime is really an infringement of “existing laws”, whereas “laws” are very often a manifestation of barbarism and violence. Such are the prohibiting laws of different kinds which abound in modern life. The number of these laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm. On the other hand, unquestionable crimes escape the field of vision of criminology, either because they have not recognized the form of crime or because they surpass a certain scale. In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as “political” activity is in fact a criminal activity.

– P. D. Ouspensky

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Quotes
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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

– Oscar Wilde