These are difficult times.
Our Earth and our fellow beings are facing extraordinary challenges.
The weight is heavy on our hearts; what do we do with all of this?
Meanwhile, Autumn, in all its shifting and shades and splendor, so beautifully allows us to meditate on Surrender...
I once wrote the following,
Not apathy, nor to give up,
Not to condone acts of harm toward ourselves and others
But to relinquish illusions of control over the circumstances of our existence
To humbly acknowledge and accept the ebb and flow of our lives, our thoughts and our emotions
To believe in the inherent wisdom of consciousness far beyond our grasping and aversion
To open ourselves to it all
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— MOTHER TERESA
Written by Erin
The words “let” and “go” are two that I’ve heard in every other yoga class through the past years of attending group classes regularly. Sometimes teachers will say something along the lines of, “just let go,” with a nonchalance in their voice or suggest a mantra to add to match your breathing; inhaling repeat the word “let” and breathing out “go”.
With this repetitive suggestion to simply let go, I have responded in frustration, irritation, concern (for myself), anxiety, and annoyance. I have often thought, well I can’t just let go. It’s impossible. Too much to think about. Too much to solve. I have to find solutions. Letting go is impossible. Something must be wrong with me. I’ll never be able to relax. I was trying really hard and being really negative.
On the 21st of June, the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the longest day of our year.
Under the bright Sun
Let us warm ourselves
Among the blossoms
Let our souls be nourished
In harmony with Sparrows and Bluebirds
Let us lift our heart's song
Under the waning Moon
Let us take rest
I stop to smell the flowers
I know they won't last long...
Erin and I both recently embarked on moves to new homes, an act filled with bittersweet emotion, in saying goodbye, in starting anew, and in discovering the omnipresent belonging that exists in our hearts wherever we may find ourselves.
Erin's reflection on her experience resonated with me on a deep level as universal, poignant and beautiful. Please join me in reading her thoughtful, poetic words -- and please share your own thoughts and reflections of the constant return Home.
I’ve sat here for at least a hundred mornings. My last few mornings I’ve had in this space, I’ve written mostly about love; it’s different ways of taking shape and also it’s concession. About how memories often revolve around love; felt, expressed, lost, or given.
Written by Jo
As Yogis, we are constantly seeking opportunities to live more intentionally, and to create a more balanced, peaceful and joyful existence for all. As a community of explorers and adventurers, we are blessed to participate in incredible retreats and trainings to bask in the majesty of beautiful lands and the cultures, foods and other Worldly delights of those places while deepening our personal practices of wellness and mindfulness. We know that our health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet and all beings; Environmental Stewardship is an essential practice that allows us to give back to these special places and communities that enrich our lives so much.
With April’s focus on Earthly holidays -- Earth Day, Arbor Day, Bike to Work Day, Adventures in Nourishment invites you to join in a celebration of Earth Day, Everyday -- an opportunity to honor the mending and growing of our relationship to our home Planet, and develop practices to carry beyond this month into all our days, for the benefit of all life.
Aligning with the wise teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the guiding principles of the Yamas & Niyamas meant to support our journey toward transcendence and true and lasting Union with the very soul of existence, we can apply these teachings toward living our Yoga through our actions off the mat, and on the Earth.
Written by Erin Pfahler
“... character -- the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life -- is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Joan Didion, On Self Respect
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability