Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We Go Through the Fire

Almost every morning I wake up and practice vinyasa yoga. About 20 minutes into the practice I regret waking up. It gets hot. I start to drip sweat beads onto my mat. My heart beat races. My breath speeds up and I have to keep moving along with its pace.

I look up and see the statue of NATARAJ. Shiva dances in the middle of the circle of fire. I am inspired.

We cannot go through life avoiding the difficult stuff, the fire. We must dance within in it.

Yoga is preparation for dealing with the unpredictable flames that ignite in our daily lives. We practice responding to discomfort with grace and awareness.

As I grow peaceful in my sweat, as I jump into crow pose despite my slippery arms, I learn what it is to move past my immediate discomfort.

I let it go for my greater good.

Please enjoy this little song as an ode to letting go of all that doesn't serve us. We dance in the fire to get through it. Again and again.


This is not for the faint of heart
The music of letting go is in a minor key to start
But you will emerge wings spread
A beautiful phoenix rising up from the dead

This is the hardest part
Some things we leave grip tightly on our heart
But there are greater frontiers
You will see once you can look past your tears

And the energy you feel as you're lying next to him
It cannot compare to the LOVE you hold within

You must say:
"I love you enough to let you go
I love you enough to let you go"

Have you ever loved someone so much you just let them go?

Om Namah Shivaya
(I honor the power inside which allows me to become my greatest self)

The notes compound like a problem has evolved
That's just the dissonance wherein we can appreciate the resolve
These times they seem to never end
But you will look back and see they were your friend

Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru
(I am a product of the One Creative power whose identity is Truth. The wisdom that pervades my being and yours is great beyond description and comprehension.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

That's My Name Too

Teaching children's yoga has forced me to confront myself many times over. When I started teaching I realized that I was going to need to be as "clean" (emotionally, physically, and spiritually) as possible... and fast.

I found some amazing mentors on this path, people who live their truth as their lifestyle. People who actively engage their beliefs in their right action, right thought, right attitude, right livelihood, etc.

Most people I had met up to then used words to explain a truth they didn't necessarily live.

And all of us do this to some degree.

We intellectually understand and preach things - not eating animal products, using alternate transport, choosing love over fear, being of greater service to our community - that we don't live up to it all the time.

On the one hand it is good to understand where we'd like to be, so we are constantly growing.

On the other hand, philosophizing and pretending to live up to our words puts us out of alignment us with our Soul, and we end up deflecting our guilt onto others as judgement.

My failure to remember my reusable bag turns into a hatred of "those people who use plastic bags."

My failure to commit to an exercise regimen turns into a disgust of "those undisciplined people who are out of shape."

Whenever I can recognize this in my own behavior, I am so grateful for the auto-correction. It actually makes life kind of humorous.

I remember being in the middle of an intersection trying to make a left turn on a yellow light. A car ran the yellow light coming the other direction so I had to either make my turn on a red light, or be stranded in the middle of the intersection. Why would that car do that? How obnoxious!

At the next intersection I caught myself running a yellow light. I thought to myself: "Oh, I'm that obnoxious car now. How funny! Silly Sirgun!"

In those moments, it's easy to truly understand that "the other person is you."

We are all capable of being equally obnoxious. Just as we are all capable of being equally loving, fair, and truthful.

In teaching children, I want to make sure that I am consistent in upholding my own truth.

Statistically it's been found that children are much more likely to model their behavior after who their parents were, rather than what their parents said.

These are all our children, so let's be the people we want them to grow up to be!

Clean. Truthful. Pure. Observant. Always learning.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wind Blow

Winds of change blow strong towards summer
Foregoing sleep, they rip everything open

Hearts exposed, fire released,
An explosive red to white
From the bottom of my spine, to the top of my crown
the energy swirls and rustles up debris

It mustn't get stuck at the bottom
or along the way up

It must drink me, not refill my cup.

And one day I will sip from the windless air,
slurping a straw of something not there,
settled and nested in peaceful stare,
and think to myself "We're finally there."


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