"Are you adding something to the silence by speaking?" ~ Caroline Shola Arewa ~ I am a Yoga Alliance™ Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and throughout this COVID time the Alliance has been supporting their members with a wealth of online learning opportunities. Back in the autumn I took a seven-part series on exploring the chakras, … Continue reading When saying nothing says more
"It’s good to prepare. But also prepare for things not to go as prepared."~ LELAND SURETTE ~ Leland Surette I’m sure many people have spoken many variations of this phrase but the first time I heard it used in that succinct form was at a mindfulness and the labyrinth retreat by the beautiful western sea … Continue reading Preparing for the unexpected
"To love is to recognize yourself in another."~ ECKHART TOLLE ~ Brief as it is, this is such an intriguing quote—that can be interpreted from several perspectives and on different levels. The one that speaks to me at this time is that to recognize yourself in another is also to recognize the underlying connection between … Continue reading Can the ego allow true love?
"You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in one drop."~ RUMI ~ According to my A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings , yesterday (September 30th) was the birthday of the renowned Sufi mystic poet back in 1207. That's over 800 years ago, and his work endures perhaps more than ever … Continue reading A pearl by Rumi
"Large fires start small."~ SMOKEY THE BEAR ~ A well-known adage about forest fires, and commonly seen on materials promoting outdoor fire safety, it is simple, concise and true. The vast majority of raging bush fires got their start as a stray campfire ember, a spark from machinery, or a carelessly discarded cigarette butt. Forest … Continue reading Building your fire of motivation
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."~ SØREN KIERKEGAARD ~ I was recalling this quote--though had forgotten its exact wording--while I was writing the previous blog post Letting go without losing control, during this COVID time. At first I was thinking sure we can only live life forwards but, even … Continue reading It all makes sense in hindsight
"In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to."~ DAVE HOLLIS ~ As governments, leaders, and the broad population, begin looking ahead to the COVID world past the hump of "the curve" it might also be worthwhile to look back at the past … Continue reading Do we want to go “back” to normal?
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."~ JOHN MUIR ~ It's probably not a big surprise to learn those words are attributed to John Muir, naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. Many of … Continue reading Nothing lives in isolation
"Expectation is premeditated disappointment."~ MARGARET WHEATLEY ~ The adjective “pithy” is defined as: precisely meaningful; forceful and brief. And the quote above, from Margaret Wheatley’s book So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World, is a primo example of a pithy observation if there ever was one. Just four words, yet … Continue reading Dangerous Expectations
"The longest journey is sometimes between your mind and your heart."~ B.K.GOLDTOOTH ~ These words, belonging to Native American activist Tom B.K. Goldtooth, speak to what can sometimes be a great divide, a deep and wide valley to cross as we seek to balance and reconcile two essential elements of our being as humans. On … Continue reading Reconciling head and heart