Life is Like … an uprooted tree

Uprooted treeD.H.Lawrence described humanity as being like an uprooted tree with its roots in the air.

“We are perishing for lack of fulfillment of our greater needs.

We are cut off from the great sources of our inward nourishment and renewal.

We must plant ourselves again in the universe.”

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I think many people feel like uprooted trees in today’s world.

When we make the decision to plant ourselves once more we become nourished, rooted and interconnected.

Each of us can do this for ourselves and support others in finding inner nourishment, renewal and connection to our life source and Spirit.

I call it Findng Your Middle Ground.

Namaste

Life is like … Paper

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Life is Like Paper

It is made by human beings

It is blank to begin with

Over time people leave their marks on it

It captures our stories and beliefs, as well as our creativity and expression

It can be strong, yet pliable

It has many uses and can be moulded

It can transform

It can be recycled

It can disintegrate slowly over time or go up in flames in a moment

When its gone, the stories and memories stay with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Like … Yoga

This is a repost for all my yoga friends out there. Enjoy!

In my years of practicing and teaching yoga I have found it to be a wonderful metaphor for life.

When practicing yoga I have learned so much about myself,  life and living fully. My practice takes me to my Middle Ground. It centers me, rejuvenates, nourishes and makes me feel alive and connected to my higher Self.

  • Like life, in yoga we tune in to our mind, body and soul connection
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to find the balance between holding tight and letting go
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to accept ourselves just the way we are
  • Like life, in yoga we  understand the difference between strength and courage
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to face our challenges in the present moment
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to soften into resistance and be more flexible
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to breathe deeply to release tension and ride the waves of highs and lows
  • Like life, in yoga we realize that bending over backwards doesn’t always serve us…
  • And yes, like life, yoga doesn’t have to be taken so seriously!

Namaste

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.

Tao Wisdom – Water

Tao wisdom on water

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Water teaches the wisdom of Tao:
It takes no pride in sustaining life.

Live near the flow.
Let the mysteries of life wash over you.
Be transparent.

Give part of yourself to everyone,
And remember every part is whole.
Allow natural order to lead the way
And do what must be done.

Do not fight the current,
And your head will remain above water.*

~ Lao Tzu

The wisdom of this passage from the Tao Te Ching touched me today. Water is a powerful  metaphor for living life in harmony.

Pause and dive into the many layers of this wisdom 🌊

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 177-186). . Kindle Edition.

Life is like … a yoga class

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There is a belief  that many of us hold, that we have to progress or strive in life. We get meaning from meeting challenges and achieving our goals. But is this the truth?

Recently, I taught a Mindful Hatha yoga class with the intention of supporting people to grow in their asana practice. I wanted them to feel more confident in taking on postures that were out of their comfort zone.

I soon realized that participants have different intentions or needs. Not everyone wants to master a flow series or explore more challenging postures.

In fact, for practitioners who have come to yoga later in life, it may not be possible or advisable to attempt moves that put strain on wrists and knees, or require a strong core and flexibility…. And don’t get me started on trying heated yoga when your internal body temperature gauge is already worn out!

As we go through life our attitude and beliefs also change. Imagine your lifespan like a yoga class sequence.

Life is like … a yoga class

We start with the warm ups and prepare for later on.

We learn new skills and practice them to become more masterful.

We take on more challenging positions.

We keep learning and striving until we reach our peak.

Then we shift attention towards finding balance.

We slow down and tune in more to what is happening in our mind, body and inner being.

We relax.

We let go and take the time to nourish and restore ourselves.

Older yogis, like myself, may enjoy a good challenge now and again, but for the most part, we are at the stage in life where finding balance and appreciating the beauty of slowing down is more important. At the same time however, we must also maintain our strength and flexibility to stay healthy and mobile.

For me, I want my already worn parts to last me for as long as I need them! Muscle strains and  tissue tears are no fun as we age, and can take a long time to heal.

Sometimes I forget. My job as a yoga teacher is to ensure my students are safe, and that they listen to what their body is telling them, not what the yoga teacher wants for them. Tuning in more to the participants and less to what you think they “should” be doing, is key to becoming a masterful yoga teacher.

Let us all encourage learning, and also be aware of when our own ego has taken over the class.

Namaste

 

Life is like … Pizza

life is like pizza

Life is like … Pizza

It draws you in wanting more

When its good, its really really good, when its bad, its still pretty good

Some of us can’t get enough of it!

In life we are made up of  the same basic ingredients and get dressed up sometimes

Some are more stodgy than others

Sometimes it can be cheesy, and at other times spicy

We ask the same questions about it – Why have only a slice, when I can have the whole pie?

We know in our heart of hearts it’s meant to be enjoyed 24 hours a day 😉

It seems to be even better in Italy!

Life is like … an elevator ride

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Life is like an elevator ride…

It has its ups and downs
It can take you to new heights
Or drop you to rock bottom

People join you for some or all of the ride.
You have to stop to let some people off

It sometimes feels confining
Or even somewhat scary
And sometimes you may get stuck

Be careful not to overload it
You should know what to do in an emergency

Expect a few embarrassing moments 😉

There are awkward conversions with strangers,
Fun times with others, and quiet times by yourself.

Be open to whatever happens and enjoy the ride!
Knowing at the end of the day that you are not the one in control

 

* Life is like … cake

Life is like … cake.

The ingredients don’t seem like much, but when they are put together with love, it transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

We learn its okay that it sometimes sags in the middle and crumbles at the edges.

Life is like cake

The sponge is the foundation which fills and nourishes us.

The filling is the precious sweet center within us all.

The cherries are the fleeting pleasures on top.

 

… As I was writing this I began to wonder what cake my life is like these days… A zesty lemon bundt cake with space to grow!

 

* Life is like … British Rail

British Train Journey

We all know life is a journey. We get on, we ride and we get off.

Although we hope it will go smoothly, we realize that it will likely have its highs and lows.

There are surprises, accidents and delays as well as adventures and moments of joy.

People join us and then get off at different stops along the way. And that’s okay. They are on their own journey.

Everyone has their own train ride filled with hopes, dreams, setbacks, broken parts, accidents and goodbyes.

Most of us come on with baggage. Some lose it on the journey, others not.

We don’t know when and where the last stop will come.

Yes. Life is like British Rail.

 

* Life is like … a camera

I found this great quote on the website of  Richard Branson’s Virgin. What a cool site.

camera and monkey“Life is like a camera

Just focus on what’s important

Capture the good times

Develop from the negatives

and if things don’t work out

just take another shot.”

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