"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha
New Years Practice:
Release knots (Granthis) and the little pieces of coal we hold, move energy, free up space for the magic of new beginnings.
Read Article: The Granthis
Basically Jewish new year is "Rosh Hashanah" which means "Head of the Year". Yom Kippur is 10 days after Rosh Hashanah and this time in between is called the "days of awe". The reason for this is during this time it is custom to ask for forgiveness from others as well as forgive those who may have wronged us. Just as important is to forgive oneself. The power of this process is a letting go and a recognition that we can create change and move into a new year, shedding those things we wish to shed from the year past as well as welcome in and set intention for the year ahead.
Apples and honey are typically eaten to represent a sweet new year.
Fill your "dollar" with the hours of your life that make your life rich and beautiful; your true wealth. Place the happy dollar in your wallet to remind you, you are blessed and wealthy.
Please watch Dacher Keltner on the Vagus Nerve.
Come up with a plan for your 5 items. If you choose "laughter", we have a couple of ideas for you :)
August 2017 - 30 Day Meditation Challenge
- Read page 125-131 Mindlift 9 ways to catch the wind in your sail even the "merest puff".
- How do you stand in your life? Physically, in connection to the earth, spiritually (emotionally)
The Compass Metaphor – What is your True North?
How are you navigating your precious life? Your life is an adventure, so you'll need a compass.
Our Shala geologist Jay explained that with the help of the compass, you will be able to locate yourself (and your current position). After that you can figure out where you're going, and how to get there.
To locate yourself, you'll need to find the True North. It's the same in life. If you feel lost, or not sure where you need to go next, stop and find your True North. Your inner wisdom is your inner compass.
True North Meditation
Please get your journal out. On a new page write your name, then write the answers to the following questions:
- What is your True North? (What really matters to you?)
- How do you locate yourself when in the valleys of life?
"The art, beauty and miracle of life, and light running through the veins of the leaf.
Water, give it light and love - it will thrive and grow. The begonia reminds us of our beauty, the life force that runs through our veins into the edges of our being.
Our practice gives us water and just the right amount of sunlight to grow and expand into our full beauty!" ~ Diana
April - May 2016
Look out for monarch caterpillars and butterflies. They are the messengers to remind everyone of their own transformation, and that they are the most amazing miracles!!!
To see pictures shared by our students please visit Caterpillars and Butterflies page.
Please get your copy of Monarch Butterfly's Life Cycle letter, lovingly printed by Merry, at the Shala.
To learn more and to help to save the monarchs please visit www.saveourmonarchs.org
April 3-9 2016
Write a sequel to Walt Whitman's MIRACLES.
Start with his last line from the poem "What stranger miracles are there?"
You can also share a picture of the spring flowers blooming near your homes or on the hikes... or any other miracle that comes into your life.
Please share your poems and pictures by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read Diana's Sequel - Miracles II, and see a collection of our students' poems and pictures please visit Miracles page.