Advice From A Tree

by Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,

Stand tall and proud.

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth.

Reflect the light of a greater source.

Think long term.

Go out on a limb.

Remember your place among all living beings.

Embrace with joy the changing seasons

for each yields its own abundance.

The energy and birth of Spring.

The growth and contentment of Summer.

The wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall.

The rest and quiet renewal of Winter.

Feel the wind and the sun

and delight in their presence.

Look up at the moon that shines down upon you

and the mystery of the stars at night.

Seek nourishment from the good things in life.

Simple pleasures

Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty.

Drink plenty of water.

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes.

Be flexible.

Remember your roots.

Enjoy the view!

What is Your Dharma?

There are many interpretations of the meaning of the word, Dharma. For this purpose, we’ll call it truth. What do you hear when your thoughts become silent? What visions do you see? Have you come to the full realization of your true gifts?

We all have these labels: Mother, Father, Daughter, Son, Wife, Husband…but what is left when these labels fade away? What IS your true essence? Your destiny. You may be searching. But the answer isn’t very far away. Just listen.

It’s possible I was born a yogi. Or, maybe it was a past life? When I was about 12 years old, I wrote this poem. Questioning, seeking…

Am I Really Here?

A figment of reality.

A belief within the mind.

A true to life suggestion,

that truth is really blind.

A plan of people living,

a sight that isn’t seen.

My life I see before me.

Am I really here?

Sharing a Beautiful Poem

~ By: Jeannette Encinias

Silver


“How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.
How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.

When you are 80 years old
and your beauty rises in ways
your cells cannot even imagine now
and your wild bones grow luminous and
ripe, having carried the weight
of a passionate life.

When your hair is aflame
with winter
and you have decades of
learning and leaving and loving
sewn into
the corners of your eyes
and your children come home
to find their own history
in your face.

When you know what it feels like to fail
ferociously
and have gained the
capacity
to rise and rise and rise again.

When you can make your tea
on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon
and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating
beneath the cotton of your sweater.

Because your beauty began there
beneath the sweater and the skin,
remember?

This is when I will take you
into my arms and coo
YOU BRAVE AND GLORIOUS THING
you’ve come so far.

I see you.
Your beauty is breathtaking.”

Let it…..go!

 

By request, I’m posting this poem by Danna Faulds. I’d like to add that I’m thankful for all of my students who put up with my inspirational reading, writing, and sharing — it’s joyous for me! It is my hope that choices and the power of words will be the platform and impetus for transformation and going deeper into the practice of yoga. Namaste all!

Let It Go

by Danna Faulds

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectation – Let it all go.

Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you receive it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders.

Take this on faith; the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations.

Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace, and certain transformation.

 

Mindful Moment

There is a world within you no one has ever seen,

a voice no one has ever heard, not even you.

As yet unknown you are your own seer, your own interpreter.

And so, with eyes and ears grown sharp, for voice or sign,

listen well –

not to these words

but to that inward voice,

that impulse beating in your heart like a far wave.

Turn to that source, and you will find what no one has ever found,

a ground within you no one has ever seen,

a world beyond the limits

of your dream’s horizon.

~Paul Murray, “The World Within You”

Mindful Moment

Let It Go

by: Danna Faulds

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold;

the holding of plans or dreams or expectations –

Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide.

The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result

in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy

you long for. Let go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days

whether you receive it gently or with all your quills raised to defend

against invaders. Take this on faith; the mind may never find the

explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores,

beyond your wildest dreams or destinations.

Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace, and certain transformation.