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wholeness: knowing myself, knowing us..

July 23, 2014
 
              Look within, you are the world.          
                                (Krishnamurti)10431347_1423611417920041_9217955635912986265_o
 
“We need to be intimate with our own interior, to know our needs, wishes, fears, boundaries and hopes. Through knowing the self within, we can honour the self that lives within another. We need to be able to love our own self enough to offer it openly to someone else.
As we reflect upon ourselves, we integrate more and more the essential pieces of ourselves. Our sense of the whole becomes stronger and stronger, we gain stability and beauty as more and more parts become integrated. 
As we become more integrated, we become more relational. Our capacity for understanding and working with outer relationships is enhanced by the sophistication of our inner one. 
We begin to see our role within all the complex relationships around us and can bring balance to the larger components of our culture.”
(A. Judith)
 

learning languages…

July 18, 2014
namaste. forget about pronunciation, but what does it mean and do i have to say it?
I love this interpretation and whether or not you choose to use the word itself, its meaning is a simple prayer to keep in your heart.
 
 
Namaste

 

and the group process..

July 14, 2014
Dear Tribe,   I am not ready to compile a coherent letter to us all just yet… thus, below are a  few thoughts and perceptions on being in group and our unfolding together… it was not always clear or sensical or even-keeled, but the work we did was life changing. So much love to us! We need it! 
 
‘We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.’
(C Pinkola Estes)
 
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trust the process..

July 5, 2014

I am learning to trust the journey, even when I do not understand it…  (Mila Bron)

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the rebel…

June 28, 2014

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“His very way of being is rebellious – not because he is fighting against anybody or anything, but because he has discovered his own true nature and is determined to live in accordance with it.

Every genius who has known something of the inner is bound to be a little difficult to be absorbed; he is going to be an upsetting force. The masses don’t want to be disturbed, even though they may be in misery; they are in misery, but they are accustomed to the misery. And anybody who is not miserable looks like a stranger.

The enlightened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization, confines him, no community, no society, no nation.”

(osho zen tarot)

the seat of the teacher.

June 21, 2014

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“We don’t empower our students. The direct experience of success is what empowers our students. Our job is to create an atmosphere where the most amount of success is the most likely to happen. The education and the knowledge and experience become the agents of empowerment, and the students get to claim that for themselves.”  (Christina Sell)

“What I’ve found over 20 years of teaching is that there’s really a feedback loop between your practice and your teaching. It’s in your yoga practice that you get inspired, that you have insights, that you try out new sequences, that you get to work with the playlist you’re creating and see how it feels in your body, so that you know the experience your students are going to have. Practicing yoga is really important if you want to teach.”   (Julian Walker)

“If you teach yoga or hold space for others in any way, it is vital that you have a space that someone else is holding for you – a space where you get vulnerable and are seen; a space where you are held accountable and get nurtured in a compassionate way; a space where you can shed the teacher role and receive.”  (Hala Khouri)

 

from elephant journal

anjali…intention toward awakening.

June 11, 2014

 

anjaliThe gesture anjali mudra looks like the Indian form of greeting, in which people bring their palms together and say “Namaste,” which means “salutations to you.” These gestures are not the same, though. In anjali mudra, the palms are not flat against each other; the knuckles at the base of the fingers are bent a little, creating a space between the palms and fingers of the two hands. When done properly, the shape of the anjali mudra resembles a flower bud that is yet to open, symbolizing the opening of our heart. This signifies the potential for and intention to progress toward greater spiritual awakening.  

(AG Mohan)

 

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