The Peace of Wild Things

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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell Berry ~

(The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry)

2016-10-15T01:44:36+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Tags: |Comments Off on The Peace of Wild Things

Practicing Forgiveness

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Practicing forgiveness comes first with acceptance that we and other beings are imperfect and full of light. By loving the imperfections we see in others we start to love the imperfections in ourselves.  In examining self-forgiveness, author Tara Brach says, “I don’t mean we should excuse our hurtful behaviors or give ourselves permission to lash out. Instead the aim is to release self-hatred that closes our heart and contracts our mind.”

-Asha Weidman

2016-10-15T01:44:36+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Tags: |Comments Off on Practicing Forgiveness

Connection with all of Life

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We tend to focus so much on arranging our lives that we get stuck in the head, where we experience ourselves as separate.  We can use our Yoga practice to dwell in the body, the belly and the heart to receive the natural sensations and intelligence they offer, and to feel our connection with all of life.

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2016-10-15T01:44:36+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Connection with all of Life

Anger and Forgiveness

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“Anger is an emotional clinging that allows us to stay in a negative cycle of stuckness and suffering. If we can’t forgive, we can’t accept, and if we can’t accept then we can’t move forward.”

-Asha Weidman

2016-10-15T01:44:37+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Anger and Forgiveness