The Path We Walk

“Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.”
~ Bernie S. Siegel

It is all about the perspective.

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Published in: on December 24, 2012 at 2:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Kindness

Sometimes what is a small gesture of kindness on our part can make a world of difference to someone else.  It is my belief that within the yama of ahimsa (yogic moral guideline of non-violence) one will find compassion, kindness and generosity.  By practicing ahimsa in all it’s many depths and manifestations the world not only becomes a better place but our lives grow fuller and more joyful.

To find more heart lifting images visit

www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/pictures-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity

Be grateful for the power you hold within.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is in reverse.  You must be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you really want. 

~Margaret Young

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A friend and student of mine recently lent me a book to read,

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
I am about two-thirds of the way through and would highly recommend the book.  I find the way Brene tackles tough topics like love, belonging, shame and connectedness to be very insightful and refreshing.  Whether or not she knows it she is a true yogi.  To help you understand why I say this let me share a short excerpt from her chapter on authenticity:
“Choosing authenticity is not an easy choice. … ‘Staying real’ is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight.
When we choose to be true to ourselves, the people around us will struggle to make sense of how and why we are changing.  Partners and children might feel fearful and unsure about the changes they’re seeing.  Friends and family may worry about how our authenticity practice will affect them and our relationships with them.  Some will find inspiration in our new commitment; others may perceive that we’re changing too much – maybe even abandoning them or holding up an uncomfortable mirror.”
This short paragraph describes clearly what can challenge an individual when they begin a deep study of yoga.  I have not only experienced this transition myself, but witnessed it in countless students and friends.  It is my belief that yoga has the power to reveal our true natures and in doing so bring us into harmony/homeostasis.  Whether this harmony is Samadi (with a big ‘S’) or not I do not know, but I can say with absolute certainty that with a greater sense of authenticity life will become joyful.  I do not intend to say you will never be challenged, never hit red lights, never feel depressed, or never suffer.  But I literally mean that whatever arises will be seen in a softer light and challenges will help you to grow stronger.  Be grateful for the power you hold within.

The Present Moment

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell

We are always getting ready to live but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb 

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. Coria Kent

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Charles Dederich

http://www.essentiallifeskills.net/liveinthemomentquotes.html

Feeding the Hungry Nourishing the Soul

This video speaks for itself.

Published in: on February 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse.

Finding a bit of stillness and calm can be a real challenge during the holidays. I believe it is important to try our hardest to keep our ‘to do’ list short. Streamline, simplify and choose to do something everyday that will help recharge your batteries. I know these are suggestions that can be almost impossible to put into action. Below are some things I have personally done this year.

  1. Give less presents and give more thanks. Spending less money on the holidays has kept my stress level lower and allowed me to stay more present in the moment.
  2. Allow myself time alone. Having the time to recharge my batteries makes it possible to really listen and connect when I am with family and friends.
  3. Indulge in the luxuries of the season, but in moderation. I have found it important to not let all my self-care fall away. Of course I will eat some chocolates, but I don’t need the whole box 😉
  4. Read some heartwarming books. Reading is so important to me. It is one of my self-care activities that I must have.
  5. Drink a cup of sleepy-time tea each night.
  6. Yoga!

There are so many things that we can do to make the holidays less stressful and more fun. Most crucial is to figure out what part of the season makes you feel good and light-up inside. Emphasize those activities and let go of the rest. Everyone will thank you for it, because if you are happier they will be too!

Tis the season to be jolly!

Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Life with Gusto

I thought I wouldn’t have a chance to post until my return, but here I am. Once on the road it is so hard not to want to share all the great things I am seeing and tell you about all the amazing people I am meeting.

I think everyone should try traveling by themselves at least once. I love it! I always make so many new friends. I have some great stories and pictures, but they will have to wait till my return…..I forgot my cord to download pictures with 😦

I couldn’t get to sleep last night so I wrote up a short playlist in honor of my new mucisian/singer friend. Ingrid, have a safe and merry trip home!

Eselan Playlist:

  1. Try by Janis Joplin
  2. Anika by B-Tribe Feat Luna
  3. Mbira Kosamdela by Shaman’s Dream
  4. Alone by Anna and The Dum Dum Project
  5. Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Re-mix) by Krishna Das
  6. Ne Me Jugez Pas (Volodia Remix) by Sawt el Atlas
  7. In Love with Life by Shaman’s Dream
  8. I’m Sticking with You by The Velvet Underground
  9. The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon & Garfunkel
  10. Laulutytto by Varttina
  11. Danca de Solidao by Beth Carvalho
  12. Warm Fuzzy by Alcyone

Yes it is an eclectic mix; techno, kirtan, middle eastern, new age, 60’s folk, Portugese and more. The world is a beautiful treasure trove of culture.

I will be listening to these songs during the next week…maybe if you listen to them too we will have some of the same experiences!

Best Wishes for the next week, Nameste

Published in: on November 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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World Bike Relief ~ Black Friday Yoga

You know you will be stuffed from Turkey Day and need the yoga. Do something good for yourself as well as for the world. I am pleased to announce The World Bicycle Relief, Boise Yoga fundraiser. “Certified Iyengar yoga instructor Don Gura will conduct a yoga class at the Boise Yoga Center with all the proceeds going to the World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit that has distributed more than 71,000 bicycles to date primarily in Indonesia and Zambia. Right now World Bicycle Relief is working to provide 50,000 bikes to 5,000 schools across Zambia through BEEP—Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program. There will be a raffle for Manduka yoga props, t-shirts and more special gifts from the community.”

Friday, Nov. 26th
10:00 -11:30 am
Boise Yoga Center
3113 Rose Hill
Boise Idaho 83705

Presented by Iyengar certified yoga instructor, Don Gura and the Boise Yoga Center

Can’t attend but would still like to contribute? Online donations can be made at:
http://www.facebook.com/l/87e9a;grassroots.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=311991&lis=1&kntae311991=EBC0B6A06F5B475681820EC3CE87C8FB&supId=187447452

ALL the info you can possibly want on World Bicycle Relief:
http://www.facebook.com/l/87e9a;www.worldbicyclerelief.org

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Don:
don@dongura.com 208.344.4105

Published in: on November 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Feel Loved!

My alarm went off this morning and as usual I hit snooze. An hour latter Stu popped his head into the bedroom and asked cheerfully why I was still in bed? I had turned the alarm off instead of hitting snooze! I am sure you can all relate to this mishap. I spent the next 30 minutes wandering around still intoxicated with sleep and trying to get dressed.

I am happy to say I finally woke up and logged in to check my email. WOW, I have never received so many birthday messages. At first I thought I had gotten spammed! I read each and every one. My heart grew all warm and fuzzy 🙂 Thank you so much to all my friends and family. You have all made me feel very loved.

Nameste

Tree in a Tree taken by Katherine Jones

 

Published in: on November 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm  Comments (2)  
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