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

Interpretations

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“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

~Pema Chodron

“I am not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

~Lewis Carroll

Steampunk Wonderland

OCD Costumes

The time is upon us. Off Center Dance is performing there next show and Friday is opening night! Above is a preview of the costumes I created for the piece Through the Looking Glass. Hope to see you there.

In Your Face is an evening of provocative modern dance highlighting six local and national choreographers. Held at the Boise Contemporary Theater:

DATES AND TIMES
March 8 at 8pm
March 9 at 2pm
March 9 at 8pm

In Your Face promises to bring you athletic movement, quirky choreography, humor and contemplation.

Buy tickets now at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/322518

Choreographers include:
Katie Ponozzo
Julie Petry
Stephanie Hope
Savannah Michelle
Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill
Artistic Director: Kelli Brown

Guest Artist and Costume Designer: Angela Rockefeller Bryson

Dancers: Annalise Bowman, Heidi France, Melynda Fischer, April HIll, Sarah Hackwith, Cheyanne Howell, Rachel Lyons, Sarah, Uehling, Jem Wierenga, Lisa Whitwell, Teresa Vaughan

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Everyday Beauty Everyday

Bill Cunningham

“Those who look for beauty will find it.”

~Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is a street fashion photographer for the New York Times. He has such a passion for his work that he is still doing it at age 83. Even if fashion has never interested you, Bill Cunningham will interest you. He is a man who followed his heart (even when people balked him) and lived his passion. I tell you about Bill because I believe he is a shining example of the truest form of yogi, one who lets his spirit and conscience guide his life every minute of every day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cunningham_%28photographer%29

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkQklk_cfVs

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It is all about the perspective.

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Perfectly Imperfect

How many of you were taught to strive for perfection or always to give 110%?  In theory this may encourage us to “be the best that we can be”, but does this factor in that we are human? Also what about the fact that if you give 110% on one endeavor you will be running on a deficit for awhile?  What I am getting at is that we regularly ask so much of ourselves in one part of our life that we are unable to fully be present in other areas of our life. Not surprisingly this leads us to feeling discontented and disappointed. Letting go of the illusion of perfection and understanding that it is through the imperfect aspects of life that we find true meaning is not an easy lesson.  It is something that we consistently have to revisit. I hope that the following words of wisdom will help.

“Seek always to progress rather than perfect” ~Taro Gold

“Only the idea of something is perfect. It’s expression in material, worldly terms is a mere shadow of that idea.” ~Plato

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce

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

Rough Edges

I don’t believe that we can hold ourselves or another to a promise of being perfect. Even though we aspire to learn and grow, imperfections will continue to arise. All I can do is sincerely commit to learn from whatever I encounter along the way. Like stones in a stream that are smoothed over the years by the flowing torrent, I will dwell in the stream of life and invite it to smooth my rough edges.

Michael Lee
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, A Bridge from Body to Soul

Wonder Woman

Be careful about channeling the powers of Wonder Woman and wielding a pink hammer. 

You never know what may happen! A whole new take on Goddess Squat!

Wonder Woman quotes retrieved from redravine.wordpress.com, click to check out more great quotes and interesting posts:

“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” Queen Hippolyte

“Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.” -Wonder Woman #167

“If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.” -Wonder Woman #170

“What was it that John Lennon said? ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.’ Let it grow already, and quit trying to legislate it!”  -Wonder Woman #200

“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” -Infinite Crisis #1

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Practice Life

“The point of yoga is to develop a level of clarity and self-understanding so that when we’re done doing our yoga practice we make really good decisions, because that will determine whether we’re fulfilled. Not the quality of our poses. But really the yoga is what happens when we’re done practicing yoga.”

~Rod Stryker