Monthly Archives: May 2013

Celebrating the maternal on Mother’s Day – Don’t forget Mother Earth

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Today being Mother’s Day we celebrate the best women in the world, our mothers! That being said, today should be a day to celebrate that which is maternal to us. The Hebrew bible refers to the term “rachamim,” which can essentially be defined as: “mercy, compassion; based on the word “rechem,” womb, linking the emotion fundamentally to the mother.” So while we celebrate the most amazing people in our lives, let us celebrate and cherish that which is maternal to us. Can we be compassionate to another person, or to the mother we all have in common, Mother Earth?
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Service is not possible unless it is rooted in love and compassion. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Today, I saw a quote that stayed with me and is relevant to the concept of celebrating and giving back to the mother that we all, have in common, walk on, get water and food from and love. “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” In order to be this change, we must remember that the only way to change the world is one small step at a time. If we do nothing and simply take what Mother Earth has to give, we will deplete her resources in no time. A mother never forgets her son or daughter, and therefore today, we must celebrate our mother, whether we celebrate the person to whom we owe our existence or simply want to celebrate the earth where we all live. The earth is our planet and our mother. We must love her and celebrate her, what better time to do so than today?
It has become an important part of my life to give back to the earth. This is a concept comes from karma yoga and suggests that we give to the world and others without an expectation to get anything back. Even less superficial is the concept of ahimsa or non-harming to oneself or another. Ahimsa is one of the five Yamas – or ‘restrictions’ in the eight limed yogic path set by Pantajali. In order to be kind and give back, truthfully we must remember that to celebrate our planet, we need to avoid its destruction and prevent depletion of its resources. I will doing a mala, or 108 sun salutations in an effort to raise money for reforestation of the rain forest in Ecuador. This effort lead by “off the mat, into the world,” an organization bringing principles of yoga into the world. In following ahimsa – I personally believe that unless something is done, we are being selfish and not preventing the hurt to our planet.
Happy Mother’s Day! Lets celebrate the source of all our lives!

My Priorities have changed! – Confessions of a yoga teacher trainee

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My Priorities Have Changed
Confessions of a yoga teacher trainee

The courage that it took to put the title of this entry on paper would be akin to punching a concrete wall. Anyone that has tried punching a concrete wall knows that it hurts and is almost impossible to do. Well, there it is again, my priorities have changed.
Until the beginning of 2013 my priorities were simply “make as much money as possible at whatever cost, because money and nothing else equals being happy.” That was the mantra by which I lived, yes, I helped people in my law practice, some were grateful, most were not but at what cost? Simply put at the expense of my own happiness. It seemed that I had to be at every person’s beck and call no matter the time of day or condition I was in. My priorities are now “provide for my family while appreciating them, enjoying my children, and making myself happy.”
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success” Lao Tzu
Tonight my dreams are being watered by the thought that I will spread the light of yoga by teaching it and guiding others in its path. More importantly, I have obtained the support of someone who has guided me through life and didn’t support my decision to teach yoga before. People would ask me if my goal in yoga teacher training was to teach or to enrich my life. My answer would be hesitant,”well…maybe one day I will teach.. blah blah blah.” Now I say it, I WANT TO TEACH YOGA AND IGNITE THE LIGHT OF YOGA IN OTHERS. Yes, self enrichment is cool, but i could invest in workshops and books if thats all I wanted. My priority has changed!
In the words of the Buddha, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you are the one who gets burned.” Going a step further, holding on to peace and light that you can share with others will burn a hole in your heart that will leave you empty and sad if you don’t share them.
I am happy, my priorities have changed… I am no longer hiding the fact that, I want to teach yoga, I want to enlighten others, I want to make others happy. we live in a time where depression anxiety and the lack of self image are prominent ways of being. my priorities are to help these souls who need the light of the union of all beings, the light of yoga. I am happy… my priorities have changed. I WANT TO TEACH! – Namaste!