Monthly Archives: December 2011

Re-Alignment

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I’ve been on vacation since last Thursday, but it’s today that I find myself enjoying a day off.  No obligations. No one to care for (thanks mom and dad). No one to report to. Just me, my dog, a cup of coffee and the birds outside my window. I watch them flutter and flicker. Come and go. Their activity reminds me of a Mary Oliver poem about a turtle. In the poem, the author is watching a turtle do her work of making a nest and laying eggs in the sand. The author considers the turtle’s patience and fortitude.  Her determination to do the work she was born to do.  And then, a realization comes. The turtle does not consider this work. She’s simply taking up residence in the life she has been given. There is so much purpose and integrity in what the turtle does that, “she cannot see herself apart from the world or the world from what she must do.”

So here I sit, watching the birds take residence in their lives. I watch a world that does not require any action on my part other than to take witness.  Being a witness to life can easily get lost in the shuffle of this time of year.  We get consumed in busy-ness.  A busy-ness that may have the best intentions, but may not be purposeful.

Little did I know, but today is serving as my re-alignment.  An opportunity to calm the busy-ness in my head/life and take a more grounded residence in my purpose.  Just like on my mat, when I’ve gone into head space and need to re-align. When my innner witness says, “Amber, you’re not even in this right now.  Come back.  Feel your feet, now your quads, tuck your tailbone…. and just like that- I am operating from integrity again.  My pose takes on a new life. And today my purpose takes on a new life as well.

Our daily lives are not so different from the time spent on our mat.  It’s imperative that we re-align and ground ourselves again and again wherever we are. If you have taken the time to read this today, take just as much time to be a witness today.  To see the world as it’s happening without intervening. Then, enjoy as your inner witness takes shape.  Your own inner re-alignment occurs. A renewed purpose.  As part of the world.

Imagine

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Whatever your heart celebrates this season; be it the birth of Jesus, the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem, African American heritage, Mother Earth, or simply finding time to be with yourself and your family, this song is my offering to you. Merry everything! Unity and love to all!

 

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

~John Lennon

What is Power in Yoga?

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Recently, I read this quote: “To reach our Father in Heaven we must remain little.”

I’m not a particularly religious person, and this quote is obviously gearded toward Christian/Catholic believers. However, this quote really resonated with me. The word ‘little’ especially.  As a Power Vinyasa teacher I speak to showing up BIG, I talk in BIG ways, I want my students to realize their BIGness (potential), but I wonder if a message of BIG can sometimes be perceived as MORE.  And if MORE can be perceived as ‘I need/want/must’ and if, ‘I need/want/must’ then becomes a battle of ego.  And once we’re in Ego, BIG has lost it’s effectiveness because it’s about ‘me’ again and not a commitment to the whole.

So here’s where I’m going.  It’s one thing to live BIG, to recognize your power and share it with the world.  It’s another thing to clutter ourselves with the wants and desires of BIG.  To this point, I think true BIGness comes when we realize our littleness.  Littleness in being humble to a Higher Power/God/The Universe/Gaia/You name it. To me, true BIGness comes from the realization that God (insert your own version here) is the ultimate.  That God is a force all around me, within me and within you (can I get a ‘Namaste’?).  Remaining little enough to trust in this is a lot of work, but it’s also a huge relief.

This certainly isn’t something I would dare to claim I’ve got figured out.  It’s just something I’m open to.  I would love to hear your take if you care to share.  When we share, worlds open up!

To reach our highest, we must remain humble.