Neutrality is a lack of tension. And it's a marathon, not a sprint. It's a way of seeing, a reminder of our longing to help, a way to act in our highest and keep asking what else can be done to keep things in a good place.
And we forget all the time. Our minds seem to run away from us, chaos reigns, things appear hopeless, and nothing's really changing. This is our reminder that neutrality lives beneath the surface of all of that; we practice to keep re-arranging our state.
This week, when you forget to be neutral, your work is to forgive yourself, and to REST. To release the tension and let yourself be blessed by the teachings. To remember that your simplest listening grants profound healing. Again.
Yogic Spring Cleanse
Our sankalpa for Spring 2017 began with an emphasis on the Mind-Body Connection. As we welcomed in Spring with the equinox on Monday, March 20, we transitioned from a generalized understanding of this common expression to integration and true "yogic spring cleaning" in our daily life and practice. With a focus on radical self care, clearing away what no longer serves and committing to consistency in daily practice became necessities that worked themselves into daily routines.
Ironically ly it was with this sankalpa that we encountered our biggest studio challenges with a robbery followed by a flood that helped us clear out of the old space and move into new and unknown territory as we began to rebuild our studio with the unique vision of our kula from the ground up, with the sankalpa of creating a sanctuary materialized with more work, help, support and sacrifice than we could have ever imagined. One of these days the whole story, and the pictures that tell it best, will appear on the site, but for now, visit us in person and soak up some serenity.
Focus In Life
I will be far richer for having to learn to hear what my body and mind are calling for— restoration and renewal.
“No one can teach us how to intuitively listen or trust, but the quiet courage to say yes rather than no is close to each of us. It involves holding our opinions and identity lightly so we can be touched by the future. It means loosening our fist-like hold on how we see the world, so that other views can reach us, expand us, deepen us and rearrange us. Saying yes is the bravest way to keep leaning into life.” ~ Mark Nepo
Learning to lean into yes, whatever comes, no matter the circumstance, teaches us to overall say yes to living fully. It’s the essence of what “Om” means.
A resounding— YES to life!
May your life bring you beyond your circumstances as it has mine this month, and happy clearing, cleansing and preparation for the physical, mental and metaphorical growth and change ahead.
Inspired by Melissa Smith
(beautiful teacher & friend with a soul of stars and a heart of gold).
Written by Bridget Prehn