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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Procrastination

It's been a while since I last posted. June 6, 2019, as a matter of fact. My not posting was not a matter of procrastination as the title suggests but intentionally a matter evaluating what I would choose to put my time and energy into. To see what shook out. To that end I decided to take a year off.

Here I am, not quite a year out and the urge to write has poked its dormant head from among the choices, inviting me to write about something. The word that has come to mind is procrastination.

Therefore, today's post will be about procrastination.

But you know what? Never mind. It can wait.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Summer Yoga

Ah, summer in Minnesota. Finally. And we need it.

After all, we’ve just come out of a spring that allowed itself to be bullied by winter. A winter, that in its own right, was pretty proud of itself, hanging around an extra month or so, playing hide and seek with our dress code. Do we wear shorts? Hats? Light sweatshirts? Shades? Some days saw us regaled in various combinations of the above: winter boots, shorts that showed off white legs, a scarf and a wool hat accented by the latest in sunglass fashion and topped off by students stylishly clutching their yoga gear; mat slipping out of one hand, towel shoved (mostly) into our gear bags, and water bottle left in the car. We NEED yoga (and snow angels) to get us through those eight short months of winter here in the cities.

Ah, summer in Minnesota. It’s finally here. Winter boots become flip-flops, high collar jackets turn into t-shirts, and wool hats give way to sassy shades. So, let’s each take a mental step back to ask ourselves, what do my winter habits give way to?

There’s no right answer, therefore on the flip side, there’s no wrong answer either. What we are left with is whether our answer results in a productive or non-productive lifestyle. The next questions to ask: how has yoga been productive for you during the winter months? And what can you take with you into and throughout the summer?

As you contemplate these questions, keep in mind yoga means different things to different people. As such, we each approach yoga according to our own needs, according to our own understanding. These very likely will differ from that of the person on the mat next to us. In spite of, or perhaps because of, these differences, yoga, at its core, seeks to unite us. A consistent yoga provides the opportunity for each of us to find common ground on our way to unity.

At Modo Yoga, the common ground is suggested by its six pillars:
Be healthy
Be accessible
Live to learn
Peace
Be green
Be community

Some of these pillars will resonate with us more than others do. We need not adopt them all at once, or even all of them for that matter. But we should take some of them along with us on our journey towards unity. Furthermore, whether practiced in the hot room or outside among nature, to be effective, they must be practiced regularly. One of the best places to practice is the hot room. This ensures we will get consistent exposure to the ideals we desire to incorporate into our lives. However, regardless of where we practice, when we tap into these pillars in a consistent fashion we begin to find common ground. And when we arrive together on common ground, we begin to find
unity.

So little time. So much to do. Put your shades on and get outside. Don your yoga clothes and sweat in the hot room. Spend a bunch of time with friends. Spend a bunch of time leaning into the six pillars. Be healthy. Be peace.
Ah, summer in Minnesota.
We need it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Story Time


When we encounter something that initially troubles us, very often we have incomplete information, and, we have choices.  

We get to choose what level of energy to spend on it.
Do we choose to ignore it?
Do we take it at face value?
Or do we add our own energy to it?

If we do add energy to the event, we do so by telling ourselves a story to fill in the gaps.
Not the actual gaps.
We can't know those without further discovery.
But the gaps as we see them.
The gaps that help us place ourselves in the event.

Will our take on that story be one of grace and graciousness,
giving other players the benefit of the doubt?
Will it be one where we portray ourselves as the victim,
affirming that their intent was to slight us?
Or will it fall somewhere between,
establishing a safe middle ground where we take the high road while still looking down on them?

What we choose exposes our securities and insecurities,
where we are vulnerable,
where we are confident.

But in every case, we get to choose, unaware perhaps, that our story does not illuminate the truth of the event,
it merely illuminates the truth of our own heart,
reflecting our current self.

If we love the stories we tell ourselves,
if we find them to be healthy,
no change is needed.

If we don't love our stories,
if they pull us down,
perhaps we need to choose differently.

The takeaway:
By choosing to put a generous spin and positive energy to the stories we tell ourselves, we actually begin programming our heart to choose grace.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time to Let it Go

Time does not make wounds better.
Letting go does.

Sometimes wounds hold onto us. 
And sometimes we hold onto wounds. 

But in both cases, to get better, time is the variable and letting go is the constant. 

The former—those wounds that hold onto us—live below our consciousness, and require awareness and vulnerability before we can let them go. These can take time to recognize and to shed.

The latter—the wounds we hold onto—live completely in our awareness and are fed by pride. These we have recognized and refuse to shed. Furthermore, whether we hold them in part or in whole, and whether we hold them against ourselves or against another, getting better requires only one thing: Forgiveness. Time is not a factor. Letting go is.

When we turn to forgiveness to loosen our grip on these wounds, we hold more space for healing.