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Drishti - Focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga pratyhara concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb Dharana to concentration (to hold).
"As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds." ~ The Dhammapada, Translated by Eknath Easwaran More quotes...
This week notice, how are you shaping your mind? Where is your focus? Create space to choose Joy. More homework...
Here is their list of 10 Love Big actions: Read more...
- Pick up something for someone else
- Hold the door for someone
- Say thank you to someone you appreciate
- Compliment someone
- Text your friend good morning
- Write a thank you note to a friend. Thank them for being your friend
- Hold hands with someone you love
- Tell someone that they look great. (when you notice- say it)
- Surprise someone with a big hug
- Share a smile. Smiles are contagious
"I️ remember years ago when Ella and I️ were walking together holding hands. Ella looked up at me and said, 'I️ love you Aunt Diana.' I️t is one of my cherished happy memories. Join Ella and I️ this week, spread the love!" ~ Diana
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How I use Yoga in Life
Diana's teachings, combined with my personal Yoga practice, have given me numerous tools over the years, however, two main principles stand out that have allowed me to keep moving forward with a positive outlook in my life. Those two key concepts, namely, Clarity and Impermanence, have taken me to the next level in recent months.
Studying this semester's featured book at the Shala, "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, I was inspired to finish a manuscript I have been working on with my mother for the past 30 years. After her passing last year, I knew it was up to me to complete and publish the work - no more excuses.
It is the true story of my grandmother, Augustina, coming to America in search of a better life, and her fearlessness and tenacity to keep on going, no matter what. And although the story is about my grandmother, it is really the story about each one of us. Augustina: A Novel based on a True Story
My yoga practice gave me the discipline to set aside 2-3 hours each evening over the past several months to finish this work. I replaced television and other non-essentials that took up my evening time, with sitting down at my Mac and writing, writing, writing, then editing, editing, editing, until the final touches were put in place.
As Diana often makes reference to, our Yoga practice permeates every area of our life – it is not isolated from our behavior outside the Shala. I am encouraged each time I finish my practice, to continue being present in my breath, in my mindset, and in my focus as I move through the rest of my day. Clarity gives me the ability to see what I need to accomplish that particular day, and Impermanence makes me realize that if I do not act today, who knows if I will have the chance to get it done tomorrow?
At work, with my family, with my friends, and with strangers, I continually find a correlation - to a tee - with Diana's teachings and my life outside the Shala. I apply the concepts of Clarity and Impermanence, taken from Sunday Conference, to my role as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, and as a colleague to become the best version of myself, and trust that all those around me will benefit as well from the principles I share by example.Read more...
Love Big Inspires mission is to encourage and inspire people to continue to become the most healthy, happy version of themselves through reflection, creativity and growth. We want to encourage and challenge people to actively show up for life and be fully present for the moments and days, remembering each day is limited and precious.
Yoga and meditation are two of the most powerful ways to keep ourselves healthy, vibrant and happy.
Please visit our Pacific Ashtanga YouTube channel for our weekly 10 minute movement and mediation video.
As most of you know, our community at the Shala is now part of a non-profit charitable organization - The Merit Field Foundation. This is an exciting collaboration with our dear friend and Tibetan Monk, Chusang Rinpoche and his community of Buddhist monks in Nepal and India. It is our dream to create an outreach program that takes the simple teachings of yoga and Buddhist meditation to our communities where people can have a short daily practice to create more peace and happiness in their lives. Without any religious affiliation we hope to create a simple practice of breath, movement and seated meditation and extend it beyond our Shala doors to our friends, families and the larger community.
I invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel, watch our video and send the link to people you know that do not currently have a practice but may be interested in meditation or would be willing to try something new that might help bring more peace into their lives.
Please join me this year in taking the beautiful teachings and practice we share past the doors of our Shala in Dana Point and into the wider community.
Thank you for being part of our outreach and adventure.~ Love - Diana
Diana Christinson has partnered with the Dear Jack Foundation as their dedicated yoga and breath work instructor for the organization's Breathe Now Wellness retreats serving young adult cancer survivors and their signifcant others.
The Dear Jack Foundation supports initiatives and provides programming in order to promote positive health outcomes for adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15-39, from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer through survivorship.
Dear Jack Foundation's Breathe Now wellness retreats bring together young adult (YA) survivors and their partners to help rediscover balance in their relationship after cancer. Open to YA survivors who are one to three years removed from their last date of treatment, this thoughtfully designed four-day program harnesses the transformative powers of yoga, meditation, nature, and psychosocial breakout sessions, with a focus on the three themes of identity, strength, and balance. Dear Jack's Breathe Now retreats are professionally guided and designed to help the couple renew, learn, and grow as they live their lives together post cancer. Participation is by referral from the organization's partner hospitals.
Update from Diana - June 2018
"I have just returned from an inspirational retreat in Santa Barbara with The Dear Jack Foundation.
I was honored to share yoga, breath practices, earthing and mediations with the participants. It was exciting for me as this was the first time for everyone to participate in these practices. I had hoped to give each person a practice they could take home and incorporate into their lives.
I left with a heart filled with hope, gratitude and joy. I received the most; I was moved by each person's story and courage. Each participant had shared that they wanted to give back and bring courage and hope to others. I will share their inspiration and carry each of their stories with me.
Please join me as I continue to work with Andrew and his team at The Dear Jack Foundation."