Archive for December, 2007

New Endings…

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Ahh…New Year’s Eve.. a time of new beginnings and a time of new endings…both never being separate but always one. 

It just makes sense… in order to live life fully I should embrace the old just as much as the new.  All that makes up right NOW, the everpresent moment.  Supposedly, that’s it..just that realization is all it takes to be at peace. 

While a little dark.. I like this quote from Goethe…

As long as you do not know
How to die and come to life again,
You are but a sorry traveler
On this dark earth

Anyways, I wish you all the best beginnings and endings as the new year ends/begins??

may all beings be happy and at peace!!

Ashtanga FUN-damentals workshop in Toronto

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

 

Ashtanga FUN-damentals with Sebastian – RYT

6 week course from Jan 6- Feb 10 Sundays 1:30 – 3:00

Come experience Ashtanga yoga and allow it to open your body and mind!

This 6 week course introduces the practice and basic theory of Ashtanga yoga in a slow and safe manner.

The focus will be on the sun salutations, basic standing, seated and
finishing postures while we also explore the fundamentals of breath,
drishti, vinyasa, and the bandhas.  The small class size will allow for
more individual attention, assists, and questions.

Ashtanga yoga is a practice that helps develop strength and flexibility
through a flowing and vigorous series of postures.

Ideal for beginners and those yogis who wish to deepen their current practice and understanding of this system of yoga.

Yoga Queen

www.yogaqueen.ca

phone: 647.236.YOGA (9642)

address: 1273 Queen St. W
email: info@yogaqueen.ca

cost: $100

Please phone or email for registration

 Ashtanga Workshop Toronto

Santa Claus and Emptiness

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

So here I am, just a few days before Christmas, (and respecfully acknowledging, one day before Eid ul Adha, one week from Kwanzaa) sitting in front of my computer surrounded by Christmas cards bearing wishes of joy and peace and a buddha figure sitting right in front of me (i need all the help I can get to remember to be mindful at work)

but the thing is.. that i’m just not full of the Christmas Spirit

Of course, one of the main reasons is that today marks the 3rd anniversary of the passing of one of my best friends, Gulane Warsame.  (I miss him dearly).  That being so, I find myself  full of ups and downs, my monkey mind is doing a dance the likes of which I haven’t seen in a while. 

Moments and thoughts of grief, sadness, frustration (especially at this time of christmas shopping) interspersed by brief flashes of gratitude, compassion and joy (especially when talking to my friends reminiscing and joking around) have me caught in a chaotic whirlpool.

For me this holiday season and my mood as of late is particularly emphasizing what I feel is in direct opposition to what should be important to me..

Everyone is in a rush, everything is hectic, last minute plans, gifts, reminders..busy busy busy.. and my own schedule keeps getting busier! I have fallen into the same trap as many of those around me.

How can I be full of Spirit when I am full of everything else??

Zen speaks of emptiness as does Christian Mysticism (albeit in very different ways) and apparently I can’t seem to make space for either of them!

Where are my moments of stillness and contemplation?

Even when with loved ones, I seem to be missing out on the comfort of just being present together in silence. Being Empty of “Me” and full in the feeling of ”WE”.

So Santa if you are out there…. my Christmas wish this year is that I may open a gift of Emptiness.  Or perhaps you can arrange it so that I become an empty vessel which Spirit can fill up? 

I’m cool with either one.. I’m not picky that way. Oh and if you hadn’t noticed, yes,  I have been a pretty good boy this year.

May this holiday season bring you ALL Emptiness and Peace!!