Today's theme is based around Mary Oliver's quote, "Can you live with what the world is offering you today?"
We wove dolphin pose into our practice today to help tune into dolphin's intuitive wisdom. The dolphin, able to dive deep and bring things back up to the surface. Unafraid to surface and resurface. We, as humans, slightly (!) more afraid of allowing feelings to surface. We attempt to push them down but, eventually, they have no choice but to float back up. Can you live with what the world is offering you today?
We also explored different poses with eagle arms. An eagle sees with precision-like clarity. Able to soar up high yet see below the water's surface. This amazing creature also willing to dive down and resurface to the sky over and over again.
Can you live with what the world is offering you today?
It's an interesting question . It's a question that makes you settle back and let go. I just can't imagine anyone saying no! We may feel that way sometimes but, when it really comes down to it, when asked that question, wouldn't you suddenly realize you are strong and, yes, you can live with what the world is offering you today.
Maybe the question is really more of a reminder than a serious question. On your yoga mat- can you live with where your body is today? Of course you can. It may not be reacting as you would like but you can live with it. It is the ego that wants you to deflate into a no answer.
Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers, which made me think of the crown chakra lotus symbolized by 1000 petals. Sonia Choquette says these 1000 petals represent your 1000 gifts. I challenge you to write down some of yours.
Stephen Cope writes, "Yogis believed that every human being is born with a special gift. This gift, for each of us, is the doorway to a fulfilled life. It is the doorway to our own particular path, our vocation, our calling—our sacred duty. Yogis called this vocation our dharma. All of life is seen as an opportunity to realize and manifest this unique calling—this unique dharma. "
The five principles of Reiki are as follows:
Just for today, I let go of worry
Just for today, I let go of anger
Just for today, I will express gratitude.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
I ask you again, can you live with what the world is offering you today?