Haiku – Kripalu Awaits

kripalu

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Take time for a break

Serenity is a choice

Kripalu awaits 

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I will be away from February 24 through March 5 at Kripalu center for yoga and health

We all need to take time for ourselves and nurture our inner being and creative spirit. This trip is for a Yin Yoga Teacher Training program. I look forward to being in community with some wonderful, kind and talented yogis.

While I am away I will be taking a break from social media and blogging. Thank you for your understanding 🙏

See you on the other side 💛

Haiku – find something better

find your middle ground

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Find something better

Instead of looking elsewhere

Rest in your own heart

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If you are new to this site welcome!

Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from hectic days and anxious minds, and taking time to pause.

When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be,  we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what might happen and what we should be doing.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.

I write about finding this place of connection, contentment and peace in the highs and lows of life. I call it your Middle Ground.

* Haiku – breathing

breath in mystery

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Breath in mystery

Breath out self doubt and judgments

Find this ebb and flow

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If you are new to this site, welcome!

To read more about finding your middle ground, please click here.

 

* Haiku – wonder

sense of wonder

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Take time to pause, look

Open up to the wonder

Find your Middle Ground

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If you are new to this site welcome!

To find out more about finding your Middle Ground, please click on this link.

 

* The Sacred Pause

This one is especially for FT and DK!

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Published on Oct 8, 2015

The Sacred Pause (09/30/2015)
When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when step out of our incessant mental and physical activity and reconnect with the being-qualities of presence, wisdom and love.

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* Into Perfect Peace Meditation

I recorded this 2 minute meditation for those of you who (1) would like to take a mindful pause in your day and/or (2) are curious to hear my voice. I’m not sure of the quality of the audio. Please let me know how it comes over.

And now settle in and come into the present moment with me.

 yoga val on Westport Beach Kintyre

“To find yourself in a relaxed, peaceful place. Just taking a few deep breaths. Letting go of everything out side of this space. And in this moment allow yourself to fall into the deepest part of yourself.

With each full breath allow yourself to fall outside of the world of time, the world of change, and into the part of yourself that was never involved in any of it.

This which is already at peace, deeply at ease. Allow yourself to fall into a place where nothing ever happened and nothing will ever happen. Into perfect peace.

With each inhale and exhale, simply allowing everything to be as it is in this moment. No need for anything to be any particular way. Falling into a part of the self that’s utterly unperturbed by anything that happens in this world.

There is no relationship to anything at all. At peace with everything. Free of everything. Always perfect peace, perfect stillness and fullness and freedom.

This is pure being itself. Just be.”

Thank you for joining me in this meditation.

Namaste

Haiku – when your heart is closed

look up to the sky

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When your heart is closed

in the isolated dark

look up to the sky.

 

Open your window

Let the great expanse and light

fill your heart with life.

 

Let love flow freely.

Pause and nourish your Being.

Find your Middle Ground.

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If you are new to this site … welcome!

To learn more about finding your middle ground, click here.

* What are you waiting for?

waiting

When you pause, is it something that is imposed or are you drawn to it?
Are you alert and waiting for something to happen?
Is there an expected outcome?
Are you pausing in order to take a break from thoughts that stimulate or frustrate?
Or do you pause as the gateway to stillness and as a way of connecting to your inner world?

When we are wrapped up with expectations of others or from ourselves, we lose touch with the sacredness of the simple pause.

There is nothing to wait for.

 

* Inspiration – Waiting for Safety

fern in winter

Fern,
furled,
a question mark
waving in the wind,
holding to the fetal curl
and the safety of the winter womb.
Nothing
not the gentle
kiss of sun,
nor stream voice,
calling
can coax
that frond
to unfurl
one single moment
before it does.

Danna Faulds from “Go In and In” Poems from the Heart of Yoga

May we all connect to our intuitive wisdom and unfurl at the right time.

Namaste

* Let Yourself Be

In the highs and lows of life let yourself be.

breaking free

Let yourself be

Be what?

The being that you are

This being is found in this moment

It isn’t who you think you are. Your thinking is based on memories

Holding on to this picture of yourself is a prison

Let go of its hold over you

You are beyond anything you can think

So stop thinking

Let yourself be

Pause for a moment and take a full breath

Inhale this new moment to embrace

Exhale and let yourself be

 

Inspiration – Life, Nature and Spirituality

spirituality

“What if our religion was each other

If our practice was our life

If prayer, our words.

What if the temple was the  Earth

If forests were our church

If holy water, the rivers lakes and ocean.

What if meditation was our relationships

If the teacher was life

If wisdom was self-knowledge

If love was the center of our being”

Ganga White

 

Mindful being

No dogma required

Spiritual connectivity

Freedom

Found in the place I call our Middle Ground

Namaste

* The Space Between Resistance and Inner Peace

How can we move from resistance and struggle to acceptance and inner peace? I believe there is a space between the two. Like the pendulum of life, we find ourselves moving from one to the other…. yet there is a moment when we can slow down and pause.

pendulum of life

 

Tara Brach calls this The Sacred Pause. For me, it is a place of grounding as well. I call it our Middle Ground.

It is the same space that we all aspire to experience. It is the doorway to clarity, inspiration, understanding and peace of mind.

blue door to our true natureHere is some of Tara Brach’s practical wisdom from her Spirituality and Practice website:

“The Sacred Pause. helps us to reconnect with the present moment. Especially when we are caught up in striving and obsessing and leaning into the future, pausing enables us to reenter the mystery and vitality only found here and now.

Choose a time when you are involved in a goal-oriented activity — reading, working on the computer, cleaning, eating — and explore pausing for a moment or two. Begin by discontinuing what you are doing, sitting comfortably and allowing your eyes to close. Take a few deep breaths and with each exhale let go of any worries or thoughts about what you are going to do next; let go of any tightness in the body.

Now, notice what you are experiencing as you inhabit the pause. What sensations are you aware of in your body? Do you feel anxious or restless as you try to step out of your mental stories? Do you feel pulled to resume your activity? Can you simply allow, for this moment, whatever is happening inside you?

You can weave the sacred pause into your daily life by pausing for a few moments each hour or as you begin and end activities. You can pause while sitting, standing or lying down. Even in motion — going for a walk or driving — you can pause internally, eyes open and senses awake. Whenever you find you are stuck or disconnected, you can begin your life fresh in that moment by pausing, relaxing and paying attention to your immediate experience.”

We can create the space between resistance and inner peace by letting go of what is taking up our thoughts and bringing our attention to what is happening within us in this very moment.

It begins with noticing where our mind is, and then pausing with eyes open and senses wide!

Just like the samurai warrior.

The Last samurai

This is a practice… and can become one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves to live fully  in the highs and lows of life.

May you find your middle ground every day