Haiku – Heart Awareness

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Open heart expands
Closed heart contracts and defends
Awareness brings flow
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When something is bothering me, one of the most useful questions I ask myself is “Is my heart open or closed?”

And in that moment of recognition, it hears and something is released.

It begins to open with love and understanding.

Everything comes and goes.

We get stuck when we get attached to our thinking.

Awareness opens the heart and brings flow.

Sit Down and Enjoy the Ride

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“This anxiety or queasiness in the face of impermanence isn’t something that afflicts just a few of us; it’s an all-pervasive state that human beings share.
But rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, what if we accepted it and relaxed into it?
What if we said, “Yes, this is the way it is; this is what it means to be human,” and decided to sit down and enjoy the ride? “

~ Pema Chodron

Sit down and enjoy the ride.

No matter where you are, join me today!

Life is Like … a Symphony

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“As the great Confucius said, ‘The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.’ Flow.

But we keep looking back, don’t we? We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present…

Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music.
Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow.

The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass…”

~ Anthony de Mello

Allow each moment of our lives to pass without attachment.

Embrace the constant changes.

Live life like a symphony.

Play on.

Searching Like a Cod

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When the innumerable searches are concluded,
The realization dawns that
The optimal place to be is
Where one already is.

It is an arrival at the place
Where there is no solid footing beneath,
The understanding of all things.

Until the conclusion,
The searcher is like
A cod asking directions to the ocean

~ Wu Hsin from “The Lost Writings” translated by Roy Melvyn

 

Wu Hsin’s insights into spirituality and Oneness always bring a smile.

It isn’t easy learning to go with the flow, until we stop asking for directions, and find the courage to be with no solid footing.

Tao Inspiration – for the times we live In

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River Rocks by Silvia Hart

Water is unquestionably soft and yielding,

Yet it can carve massive canyons

And sweep away entire cities with ease.

This is because it does not rise up in solid fragility like the structures of humanity,

But flows in low places, fluid and flexible like humanity itself.

There is great strength in what seems weak,

Great instability in what seems strong.

The creation of grand structures implies their inevitable destruction.

Humble, flexible, transitory existence implies true continuity.*

~ Lao Tzu

I find these words somewhat reassuring for the times that we live in. Continuity comes from flexibility and the ability to be fluid to meet what comes along.

There is great strength is what seems weak. Let us go with the flow, and be like water.

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1028-1036). . Kindle Edition.

* Tao Inspiration – Push and Pull

 

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“The way of the universe is a symbiotic flow.
As one part pulls, another part pushes.
A part that has excess will lose. A part that is lacking will gain.

Presently, society acts against this flow.
Where there is abundance, there is power to acquire even more.
What is it when excess is freely offered, rather than accumulated?
It is the way of Tao.

The sage works without expectation of return:
Achieving without need for recognition,
Doing without dominating.” *

~ Lao Tzu

 

How relevant to society today. Yet the Tao te Ching dates back to the second century BC.
The wisdom is never ending as the universe continues to flow. May we find understanding in the balance of yin and yang in all things.

 

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1015-1026). . Kindle Edition.

* Inspiration – Constant Happiness

“As the great Confucius said, ‘The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.’
Flow.
But we keep looking back, don’t we?
We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present…
Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass…”

~ Anthony de Mello

 

Beautiful… Let’s enjoy the symphony of life and allow the notes to pass 💛

This recomposition by Max Richter of  Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons touches me deeply.

 

* Just Come and Go

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Whatever comes, do not push away;
whatever goes, do not grieve.
Everything appears just like clouds floating by;
they just come and go.
Stay only as the unmoving awareness.
Awareness and Truth are one.*

~Mooji

These words sit well with me right now, as a reminder to allow the coming and going, and to take time in my hectic day to tune into the flow and stay in awareness.

I am creating a new training program for yoga teachers that will start in a couple of weeks. It’s a fun, exciting and engaging project that has taken me away from visiting other blogs as much as I would like to.

May you also come and go as life unfolds.

Namaste

 

 

*Mooji (2015-12-03). White Fire: Spiritual insights and teachings of advaita zen master Mooji (Kindle Locations 249-251). Mooji Media Publications. Kindle Edition.

* Haiku – gratitude

I woke up today with a heart filled with gratitude. I am driving north to Kripalu to assist in a 300 hour yoga teacher training module for teachers wanting to learn about yoga for special population groups.  Let the magic flow 💛

This is my haiku to share with you while I am away. I will be taking a break from blogging, and have set up some re-posts some of my favorite inspirations. See you after May 10th.

Namaste and Jai Bhagwan!

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Find your Middle Ground

Greet each day with gratitude

Let the magic flow

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* Haiku – inspiration flow

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Our need may be great

to be our authentic self

living in the now.

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In our own journey

We create a spark of hope

that ignites the dark

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Find your Middle Ground

Let the inspiration flow

from here to the world.

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* A Middle Ground Moment

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Today

Be a witness to your self

Realize you are not your thoughts and emotions

Embrace your imperfect humanity

Accept whatever comes up.

This is your life energy

Let it flow through you.

Be with the flow.

Be gentle with your body and your self

Embrace the precious life in you and in others.

… and breathe …