I shared this a while back on FB but never here... I am in the process of sending a newsletter; something I haven't done in over a year since Miya was born. In order to streamline where people can check in with me - I thought I would repost. Enjoy. Much love.
I told one of my students, Annie, in NYC over a year ago that I would do podcasts for all my New York students when I moved to Zurich. A lot has happened since then - getting married, becoming pregnant, having a baby and moving overseas... but I finally did it! And on her birthday as a surprise. Happy birthday, Annie!
The end cuts off without any fanfare or clear ending, but baby was waking and I thought something is better than no thing.
I definitely need some help with simplifying the editing process, so if anyone has pointers, shoot them my way!
We certainly are reminded of the great need for mindfulness when life hands us intense shifts such as the loss of a loved one or the birth of a baby. But the teachings as well as our own experience tell us that actually our life is worth tending to in all moments.Read More
I am intrigued by what is revealed when we practice with real love. I am intrigued by those things that may at first seem limiting but in fact take us on a course to revealing wholeness. I am intrigued by gaps of all kinds, for it is often in "the spaces between" where we find the true treasures. Where once there was a gap, there is now understanding. And where once there was cluttered mind, there is now more gap. And so on.Read More
At the end of my “Joy in Everyday Life” course at the Shambhala Center recently, we had a feast (which is paramount to the Shambhala gathering-of-any-kind tradition I am learning)… Part of the ceremony this time around included the group as a whole participating (even by listening) to a free-form spoken word or poetry circle. I had never done anything like this so it freaked me out a little. (Imagine facing one’s fears at a place like Shambhala -ha) Nevertheless I tried to clear my mind and allow myself to participate in any way that felt natural. Believe it or not, I spoke a line out loud spontaneously, surprised at my own lack of inhibition.
Here is what we came up with as a group. Each line is a different person speaking. All in all it probably took not much more than a minute to compose, however I am impressed by its resonance and how it could be read.
Despite all my initial hesitations, I do think this could be fun in a lot of settings…
Try not to cling on to the sides of the river
Put on your oxygen mask first
Hear the music, feel the magic
Don’t change change
Synchronized swimming in the vast blue sky
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Supported by my sangha
Losing is gaining
No feeling is final
What a beautiful feast