Sunday, May 10, 2009

A short Buddhist outlook on life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes and my best efforts in those.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bliss & OM

Have you ever really listened to your OM?
A-U-M, the resounding resonance can be so blissful, clearing and energising, which makes a lot of sense given the OM represents the primary sound of the universe, its a big ask!
I got to thinking about how in TCM the triple warmer energy in our bodies (San Jiao) and the three 'burning spaces' relates to the OM I produce whist mediating.

As we begin the sound of the 'A' we are directing the breath and the sound, the beginning of creation to the lower heater of the body, from the lock through the base chakra it reaches deep into the body, into the small intestines, large intestines, Bladder and Kidney's.

As we move into the 'U' the sound rises up into the middle heater circulating the life force and resonance of sound in to the earth of our being, the stomach, the spleen and our liver.

Then finally as we produce the sound of 'M' it represents the destruction of creation and the beginning of the new cycle, we send that life force, breath and sound into the lungs and heart and into the spaces and cavities of the head and to our crown chakra and beyond.

OM, the purest of sounds, that creates such peace, and reminds us that peace is not outside of us but part of who we are.

OM Shanti Shanti

Saturday, May 2, 2009

guilt & the hips

Today my practice was a form of Yoga called Yin Yoga.
This is very different from the 'style' of yoga I usually practice which is very yang in nature and powerful, Yin Yoga is much more aligned with the way I teach, and has the oriental undercurrent.
Working on the hips got me to thinking about how much guilt is stored in a deep emotional level, in the hip and pelvis, especially for women, this is something that has been 'agreed' on as a collective in society, so it becomes very obvious the more aware of it we become.
The Earth element in our bodies needs nurturing, it needs time to settle in, to find it's containment, contentment and boundary's.
When we hold a hip opener posture or shape for a time and breath into that space, it untucks and unfolds the holding pattern sitting in the dark places of the pelvis, if we follow the lead of the breath and imagine the light or sunshine in that space, reaching in with love and forgiveness and filling it up, it gives permission for us to 'feel' out the emotions - the guilt, it allows us to own it or not, to question weather it is ours or not? It gives us a moment in our 'now' to capture the freedom of which is innately ours, in our body, our breath, our mind, our spirit. And from the experience of that expression we can go back there again and again.

Friday, May 1, 2009

red wine & dusk

I'm not sure why but it's taken me over a year to finally get into gear and get this blog underway.
feels good..... I'm sitting at the laptop with a vegan tofu lasagna cooking, drinking a glass of south Australian vino, that I wasn't intending on drinking after 5 days of 'clean' food.... just felt like it.
Dusk is such a powerful time, I often say to my students that it is when yin and yang meet, great time to reflect at dusk and at dawn to set an intention..... mine tonight is to enjoy the wine, and find the balance in the tofu lasagna!
So there it is, here I am.....
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