Last weekend, I traveled with Mr. Borucki and Baby Summer to sunny Las Vegas to be part of a workshop – an experience – sponsored by Mondetta Performance Gear and called Inspiration and Perspiration with Danny J of the Sweaty Betties and body image specialist, Angie Gooding. What I planned for my presentation on Sunday morning was a brief talk on how yoga can be used for personal transformation and healing in our real-busy-hectic-Western-World-lives and some basic asana with detailed instruction. Needless to say, with that heavy subject matter, we talked more than we asana’d.
it wasn’t all so serious
Danny J is planning many more of these events, so I won’t spoil the experience by recapping my presentation here, but I do want to share some of the notes I prepared while planning for the weekend. They’re written EVERYWHERE – on the back of old teacher training lesson sheets, on junk mail envelopes, in my iPhone notes. The days leading up to the event were filled with constant divine inspiration… divine inspiration… divine inspiration.
preparing my wonderfully messy notes for class
I post motivational sayings and personal mantras that I write and use for myself on my Facebook page and twitter several times every day. I keep a giant list of my thoughts that I refer back to and hope to use for a book one day. One of my favorites that I’ve written for you lately is, “Today, you will be a conduit for energy, joy, insight and miracles. Keep that in mind every time you meet someone. Spread awesomeness.” We are all capable of experiencing and sharing the divine. We are vessels for divinity.
But how can yoga teach us how to see and use those divine lessons? How can our physical asana practice teach us to perform miracles in our lives? Um, I don’t have the answer to that because I’m about 0.0000005% of the way to enlightment (by my crude estimation). However, I do have some thoughts. You know – the ones scribbled onto countless types of media and stuffed into every corner of my life right now.
My notes on How To Get Enlightened FAST:
Part 1 In a Series of Yet-To-Be-Determined Parts
My boys were born disabled – visually impaired. That is not divine. That is no great lesson from the Universe. I’m not so arrogant to believe that. But how they’ve reacted to their disability – learning from it, learning about it, teaching others how to understand and accept it – THAT is divine.
my boys being silly at the ophthalmologist’s office
In a yoga pose, your hip may hurt. That is not divine. But when we approach that pain with curiosity, rather than judgement, disappointment, disgust or frustration, that is divine.
We are so open-minded when it comes to our friends and each other, but so brutally intolerant of our own thoughts, actions, appearances and processes. Yoga commands us to be a witness of ourselves – to step outside of ourselves and observe. When we make those observations, the practice is to come from a place of curiosity and non-judgement. When we take THAT lesson out into the world and apply it to all areas of our lives. That is divine. THAT is the path toward enlightenment, growth, healing.
with God, all things are possible
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