Your power is in your loving.
Not in your brute strength.
Nor in your bank balance
or your ever-changing reputation.
Nor in your incredible tales
of conquest and gain.
Nor even in your intellect, your brilliant mind.
But in your willingness to let your heart break today.
In your courage to let another in, let them matter.
To feel what they feel.
To feel joy, or sorrow, or the most delicious doubting.
To stand with them, but not try to fix them.
To be the room for all this… emergence.
That is your power -
your ability to provide sanctuary,
to let life nestle in your giant heart.
To hold the powerless and the helpless.
To breathe into your belly, your chest,
your head, your tense shoulders.
To stand victorious there -
holding all of yourself
in a light yet powerful embrace.
Saying to yourself:
Sweetheart, I am here.
I am here at last.
- Jeff Foster
Life is amazing
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful.
And then it’s amazing again.
And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.
That’s just living heartbreaking,
And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”
― L.R. Knost
When your life gets tough ask yourself : " What is the kindest thing to do right now"?
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are special
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth…
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.
So live to learn and know yourself.
In doing so, you will learn to live.
(Veronica A. Shoffstall and Jorge Luis Borges)
The new reality.
What if everything from an accidental pocket dial to an ankle sprain happened exactly the way it was supposed to happen in order to position us for our next stage of growth?
Being accepting, instead of resentful, of these types of undesirable experiences can reveal opportunities that we would otherwise miss by wasting time wondering if it was meant to be.
The short answer is yes, it was meant to be. How do we know? Because it happened. And the sooner we accept the new reality, the sooner the new opportunities will reveal themselves - Light Watkins.
Can we be open minded, courageous and greet new possibilities with open heart?
|Welcome to March!
Welcome to spring! New Beginning!
This letter was sent to me a few years ago by my yoga teacher Claire Murphy. I read it every Spring and found again and again inspiring every time I read. This year, I read the letter with different focus, connecting to global pandemic and looking ahead with hope and courage.
"Spring is beginning to happen all around us. Every day something new seems to appear from out of the depths in the garden, the sap is rising. The same thing happens in us – the life-force starts to move again, we start to feel the urge to “do” after the dormancy and waiting of winter. All the seeds we planted during the winter and at New Year start to stir and it’s time to get active in bringing forth our new ideas and projects.
Consider a small crocus – the sap stirs and it begins to push its tender roots and shoots through the solid, often frozen earth. It meets obstacles in the guise of sudden snowfall, heavy frost or flooding and yet it carefully pushes on. It doesn’t give up even against these overwhelming obstacles. As you begin to move out of your comfort zone, to grow and flourish at this time or year you will definitely also run up against some mighty obstacles. But, like the humble crocus, don’t give up. The life force is with you right now – surging like the snow melt in a mountain stream. So, step into that current, do what everything else in nature is doing right now – and grow! Nothing stays the same, all things grow and evolve…how do you want to express that this year? If a tiny shoot can move through frozen ground and bitter cold imagine what you, with all the power of a human being, can accomplish?" - Claire
Things To Remember by Bendy Witch
Find your Love at the start of the day
Then things will more likely go your way
Stop for a moment and let Love out
Let in all the Blessings already about
Pause, breathe, check your breath
A healthy flow wards off premature death
Close your eyes, take time to see
Your heart’s desire manifest with glee
With clarity comes peace of mind
A sense that the world is loving and kind
Be grateful for the little things
Take time to hear your Spirit sing
When you stand align your feet
Lift your heart, with Courage meet
With Confidence greet your day
Choose your path, let Love lead the way
Find your rhythm and set your pace
Know you are always in the right place
Trust that any time you choose
A new direction becomes available to you
Believe in yourself, Be Love, Be you
And others will feel safe to be themselves too
If you’re not sure whose face you’re seeing
Ask yourself is this Love or fear speaking
Let Love be your form of protection
Trust it will heal frustration and rejection
If any fear you happen to swallow
Know there is no need to wallow
Have a good cry and maybe a shout
Sing, dance and shake it all out
Make time to play, make time to rest
If you always want to be at your best
Be the Love that you want to see
Then life becomes beautiful and easy
Value each day and every minute
But don’t try to cram too much in it
As you rest your head before you sleep
Give thanks for this days Blessings you’ve reaped
Forgiving all those asleep to Love’s presence
Allows you to live each day in reverence
It’s a lot to remember and you may well forget
As you get busy with work or the internet
But when you get tired and you’re feeling blue
Pick up this poem to remind you
That you are Love, Love is you
You can Be Love any time you choose
By Dana Foulds
There is healing in the laying on of hands;
in the letting go of fear,
in asking for help,
There is healing in speaking the truth and in keeping still,
in seeking sunlight and not shunning struggle.
Laughter and the affirmation of wholeness hold their own healing.
When the soul dances, when the day begins in delight,
when love grows and cannot be contained,
when life flows from moment to moment,
healing happens in the space between thoughts,
and the breath before the first sung note.
Healing is a birthright and a grace.
When we dare to be open to the unknown,
when we extend ourselves in caring,
when we welcome in the vast expanse of life,
healing comes from the heart, and blossoms from the inside out.
Someone said that we can't do great things on this earth and that we can only do small things with great love. Sharing yoga with you every day is my small thing, which I do with great love.
In Yoga, we learn about Ahimsa as the first moral principles of yoga practice. The term Ahimsa is an important spiritual doctrine shared by Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It literally means 'non-injury' and 'non-killing'. It implies the total avoidance of harming of any kind of living creatures not only by deeds, but also by words and in thoughts. Treating yourself and others with kindness.
KINDNESS is one of the numerous things our world could benefit from having more of right now, during this pandemic time. Kindness should be cultivated through upbringing and education. Being one of the basic behavioural attributes, kindness has been adjusted in all spheres of our life.
When things get tough, ask yourself : What is the kindest thing to do right now?
Ways to Practice Ahimsa:
1.Practice mindful eating.
2. Allow yourself to receive. You may think that by always giving, you are ensuring non-harm and opening generosity to others.
3. See through, not with, the eye.
4. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle that you may not be aware of.
5. Cultivate the seeds of positive and loving thoughts.
6. Care for Mother Earth and our ecosystem.
7. Resolve conflicts through peaceful measures.
Mantra from HH the Dalai Lama:
“Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up.
I am alive and have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
Kindness = Happiness ?
Science of Kindness: Kindness! A Healthier, Happier Choice! Did you know that engaging in ACTS OF KINDNESS is proven to boost serotonin. Serotonin heals your wounds, calms you down and makes you HAPPY!
You are enough and doing your best ?
I would like you to remember, that there is only one of you in this world and you are uniquely beautiful. Accept it. It’s a fact! You are part of the great Universe. One little spark maybe, but nevertheless one part of the Great Plan of Life. Within it, not outside of it. And you are not alone – the rest of Life is needing you just as much as you are needing it.
Take a moment. Just stop. Breath and trust your intuition. Allow yourself to feel this connection. You are enough and doing your best. There is only one of you and you have a unique purpose. Therefore, allow yourself to follow your heart’s desire – the Life needs you.
I shall leave you with my favourite quote passed to me from my friend:
"I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realised all along that I was looking for myself.” – Unknown.
And if things are tough, ask yourself – “What is the kindest thing to do right now?”
Much love, Olga xoxo
Meditation means being alive.
Meditation means staying present.
Meditation means really experiencing the moment.
We are not trying to get somewhere.
We are not trying to get into particular state.
Meditation is very simple, there is no way to failing. It’s simply you being with you. Coming back to yourself.
Meditation means gathering your attention. Seeing you as you are.
We bring attention and awareness back home when the world seems so different.
Whatever a person does, the results will follow him to the farthest reaches. There is nowhere, not on earth or in the sky, that the results of our deeds will not bear fruit. —The Dhammapada
People often struggle to understand karma. Karma is simply the law of cause and effect, and in our lives this law of cause and effect depends on our intention. To understand, notice how the motivation or intention preceding an action determines the future karmic result of that action. If an act is motivated by true kindness, it will necessarily bring a positive result, and if an act is motivated by aggression or greed, over time it will eventually bring an unpleasant result. But because karmic results do not always bear fruit immediately, it is sometimes difficult to observe this process.
Speech is one area in which karma can be seen in an easy and direct way. For this exercise, resolve to take two or three days to carefully notice the intentions that motivate your speech. Direct your attention to the state of mind that precedes talking, the motivation for your comments, responses, and observations. Try to be particularly aware of whether your speech is even subtly motivated by boredom, concern, irritation, loneliness, compassion, fear, love, competitiveness, greed, or whatever state you observe. Be aware, too, of the general mood or state of your heart and mind, and how that may be influencing your speech. Try to observe without any judgment or program of what you should see. Simply notice the various motivations in the mind and the speech that flows from them.
Then, after discovering which motivation is present as you speak, notice the effect of the speech. If there is competitiveness or grasping or pride or irritation behind the speech, what response does it elicit from the world around you? If there is compassion or love, what is the response? If your speech is mindless, as if you were on automatic pilot, what is the response? If there is clarity and concern, how is this received and responded to?
With the law of karma we have a choice in each new moment of what response our heart and mind will bring to the situation around us. In discovering the power of our inner states to determine outer conditions, we are able to follow a path that can lead to genuine happiness and freedom.
This excerpt is taken from the book, “Seeking the Heart of Wisdom” by Jack Kornfield & Joseph Goldstein.