I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.
I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities
of an 8-year-old again.
I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant.
I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money because
you can eat them.
I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer day.
I want to return to a time when life was simple.
When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care.
All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.
I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.
I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want to live simple again.
I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip,
illness, and loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind
word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.
So…here’s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and all my responsibility.
I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, ’cause,
“Tag! You’re it.”
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When I awoke this morning, I could see the shadows of the branches and leaves outside my window mingling with the spaces of sunlight. It created a pattern that I would no longer be able to discern were I to lift the roman shade and peer outside. It made me think of the dark spaces in our life versus the light; the rough spots in life versus the smooth.
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” C.G. Jung
Some people look at their shadows as the less desirable traits while others embrace them:
“Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“My shadow follows me during the day, and then surrounds me at night as it clones itself into complete darkness. Now that’s self-love.” Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
What if we look at the shadows as neither; they just are. They are there and they help the light create beautiful patterns on the pathways of our lives.
"...what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?” Mikhail Bulgakov
Perhaps, on the yoga mat, the shadows serve as the transitions taking us to and from each pose; they help change and create our path.
The definition of a shadow offers hope when we feel its darkness: "a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light." Take note of the word "intercepting"; a undeniable reminder to us that the light is always there. The definition does not say the shadow replaces the light; it is created by something intercepting the light and, once that something moves away, imagine the flooding of light that follows.
"if you have no shadows then you are not standing in the light." Lady Gaga
I saw a billboard sign last night that read, "Isn't this the perfect time to write on this sign?"
It wasn't a brilliantly worded slogan to sell the space but the message seemed clear to me; what are we all waiting for?! Isn't this the perfect time to write on your billboard of life? What have you always wanted to say or do or accomplish? Why haven't you? Is today your day??? Think about it...what is the real reason holding you back?
"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them." The Alchemist
Fear is a crazy thing. It is a mentally created energy that has the power to stop us in our very own path. Fears' intention is limiting. Recognize it as maya (sanskrit for illusion) and be done with it.
In class today, we played around with Bakasana (Crow pose) to see how we can use our yoga to handle fear. In Crow, all our weight is balanced on our two hands while everything else is off the floor. It can be scary! What if we fall forward right on our face? What if???
Take out a piece of paper right now and write your billboard message for "all" to see (well, maybe just you!). Are you ready to get started on accomplishing or even simply taking the very first step towards whatever it is you wrote down? Release the fear; live from love. Get writing.
Adam received an outdoor basketball hoop light for his birthday. I thought it would be like attaching a few poles together and easily securing it up there, but when we opened the box, there were so many pieces! I'd like to tell you the directions were well written, but...I cannot, so I got comfortable on the driveway and began the process of deciphering. Dave doesn't like to do anything that requires tools so he was really excited to put this thing together having seen all the pieces. When Adam nor I could get a darn bolt to screw on, he whipped out his toolbox and said, remember life is easier when you have the right tools!
Touché! My tool belt is all about yoga!! The tools we use in yoga are our props. They support us and help move us gently into the correct alignment. In return for nurturing our practice, yoga, itself, provides us with one of the best equipped tool belts ever!
This imaginary tool belt lightly hangs from your waist and has pockets and loops to hold the following: pranayama (control of the breath), asana (poses), meditation, mantra, mudra, yoga sutras...to name a few. And all these tools lead to a strong physical body, an aware and focused mind and an enlightened spirit. Enlightened doesn't have to mean in the sense that Buddha was enlightened, ie, " freed from ignorance and misinformation " (mirriam dictionary). It also means "based on full comprehension of the problems involved". And we learn in yoga that our 'problems' are a direct result of our humanness; the sutras explain how we create our own suffering. But the sutras also guide us to releasing our attachment with an ability to stand back and be a witness to our problems rather than engulfed in the center of their storm.
“Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form.” The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." B.K.S. Iyengar
"Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment." Cyndi Lee, "Yoga 101: A Beginner's Guide to Practice, Meditation, and the Sutras"