From the book, If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules by Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott
"The Ten Rules For Being Human:
1. You will receive a body.
2. You will be presented with lessons.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
5. Learning does not end.
6. "There" is no better than "here."
7. Others are only mirrors of you.
8. What you make of your life is up to you.
9. All the answers lie inside of you.
10. You will forget all of this at birth."
Everyone in class today chose a positive affirmation card from the deck that corresponds with the If Life is a Game book. Inside the book of cards it reads, "Acknowledge that you are the source of your manifestations."
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (1st 3 lines)
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."
One of the cards from this deck is labeled abundance and it reminds us that the Universe has enough of everything for everyone. Whitman's stanza says the same thing to me. How can it not if you have the power to manifest what you want more of in your life?
Rumi writes, “Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.”
The following poem is a great one for your yoga practice. Read on...
We Have Come to Be Danced by Jewel Mathieson
“We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance”
When Mathieson says 'not the pretty dance', I "yogically" interpret that to mean don't worry about getting into the final pose, if there is one. Play, breathe and be present through the transitions. Be 'unhinged' on your yoga mat, allow your thoughts and ego to become 'unplugged' and find the tribal "sacred, sensual animal dance' within your practice.
And, last but not least, Wild Geese by Mary Oliver, reminding us in our practice that you don't have to go all out; just move on your mat listening to the way your heart and body want to.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”