|Wonderfully, we humans are born with an explorer's heart, that ever seeks expansion and growth. As Alfred, Lord Tennyson painted hauntingly in his poem Ulysses about King Odysseus, gazing at the horizon and excited for learning 'til the very end,
"I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!"
So we, too, are wired to seek new horizons. Whatever thrills your soul to learn - yes, it may well turn out to be useful in your skills repertoire - but more than that - simply the accelerated heartbeat you hear may be the very divine wind that your soul longs to hear and to swell to. How often do we follow simply that?
This season I am intrigued by what I am hungry to learn next. What draws your curious and enraptured mind? For me, ongoing yoga and AcroYoga with colleagues, and add to that harmonium with Miles, Yoga Tune-Up Anatomy with Taylor, Non-Violent Communication, Hay House lectures, varied & assorted workshops from Contact Improv to Waking Down, and I am curious what I am open to next. What about you?
What more privilege might we claim than the freedom we give ourselves to sail forth in our ever-exploring boat of discovery? Bon voyage ...
Please enjoy a new song from my fellow yogi in Mallorca, David Lurey ~
"May I Remember"
6/18-6/21: Wanderlust Festival, Stratton Mountain VT, assist AcroYoga
6/27-30: AcroYoga Lunar Immersion, assist Loebsack/Caruso, NYC
7/19: AcroYoga! at http://www.yogavida.com/, 2-4pm, 99 University Place, NYC
8/1-2: NY AcroFest annual Festival at The Muse Brooklyn, NYC
9/13: AcroYoga! at Yoga Vida, 2-4pm, 99 University Place, NYC
9/26-30: AcroYoga Elemental Immersion, co-lead w/Katie Capano, NYC
Pure Yoga New York Weekly Yoga Classes:
Pure Yoga Eastside - 203 E.86th St. (3rd Ave)
Monday: 10:30-12:00 Slow Flow Meditation
Tuesday: 12:30-1:30 Restorative
Thursday: 5:30-6:30 Vinyasa 1/2
Friday: 5:30-6:30 Restorative
Pure Yoga Westside - 204 W.77th St. (Amsterdam Ave)
Friday: 11:30-12:30 Restorative
Om Factory Weekly AcroYoga Classes:
Friday: 7:30-9:15PM AcroYoga Flow Open Level - Fashion District
1st Friday/Month 9:30-11:30PM AcroYoga JAM - Fashion District
Private Sessions by Appointment:
Thai Yoga * Restorative Yoga * Meditation * AcroYoga * ISHTA Yoga
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|Free Will: NVC & Don Miguel Ruiz
|Freedom and Free Will are central concepts in every spiritual tradition. This spring I face that theme by setting an intentional goal for the rest of my life ~ to create a "voluntary world" around me in which to live and move.
The NVC term means: I only wish actions that are voluntary and willing from anyone I interact with, me included. That has many implications, the most obvious : I do not want to "make" anyone do what I would like them to do. No actions motivated by guilt, fear, duty, or pressure. From myself nor others.
Toltec author Don Miguel Ruiz describes this as shedding our lifelong "domestication" of receiving and giving conditional love that is based on what we do or do not do, on fear and guilt.
In our undomesticated "wild and free" state we receive and we give unconditional love. All our tools to find that state are worthwhile!
Yoga, biking, dancing, and connection are all places where I find a freedom of soul and body that approaches Don Miguel's "wild and free" state. As I bike through the freedom of spring in NYC, I am willing, like John Lennon, to "imagine" the freedom I want to create for everyone in my voluntary universe.