Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Eye of the Storm

This week where I live there was a tornado warning and it brought to mind the idea of how we like to think we are in control, but we realize the power of nature and that in truth all we have control over is the present moment and our own actions or thoughts.

Big storms, hurricanes and tornadoes have a calm center and we hear the saying “in the eye of the storm” . The eye is calm with the outer winds circling around it. Just like in life with all the chaos spinning around and information overload, we can get distracted, overwhelmed and feel that chaos internally. I was thinking about the storms of our life…people or kids arguing around us or pets , financial issues, job or career issues are like “squalls” or a cold front moving in with a relationship , raining down and showering us with good things, but also it can be raining difficulties. It gets hard to see through all of that. Yoga helps us to come to the present moment and be in the eye of the storm of our life. There is some serenity there. Coming to the eye of our storm helps us get calm, get clarity to prepare for things we need to, maybe let go of what can’t be changed…or just recognize that its not ok, but we will get through it. We can use our intuition to see what our inner wisdom wants to tell us, see the vision for our life, allow it to light the way so we can see clearly.

There are people who fly into the storm to get the knowledge for us to know how strong a storm is, measure the distance and integrity of the storm… Not a job I would want anytime soon! However through Yoga and meditation we can come to our own center and check in with our internal GPS… learning to navigate life by trusting our inner wisdom and intuition.

Quotes for this week

A cyclone derives its power from a calm center…so does a person – Norman Vincent Peale

I think Yoga and meditation when I read this:

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s just what this storm is all about.” – Haruki Murakami

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

There’s always another storm. It’s the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow. – Maria V. Snyder

My third eye needs a contact lens ::

Join me for classes this week – we will be working with this theme in our Yoga postures.   Namaste – Kerry

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Home is where the Heart is

Home is where the heart is

This week I have been thinking a lot about home and the idea of home… What I would like to think about this week is …it isn’t the walls and roof that make a house a home, it’s us. We may live alone…we may live with a group of people. Regardless…it is our character, presence …our spirit that infuses a structure with the feeling of “home” . Sometimes where we currently live is home, but another home from another time in life holds memories. We learn in Yoga to try not to attach to things, but a house can come to seem like a living thing…it can seem alive. Yet it isn’t the house…Wherever we go…we find ourselves right? Or we are still seeking anyway…

In a way coming to the Yoga mat is a “coming home“. When we roll out the mat …We have our own little island…our own area in the world.
You may think of home along the lines of “putting down roots” and grounding, but this week I want us to consider that home is not just a place , but a feeling. We will do some heart openers in class and open to the possibility that home can travel with us . Home is where our Heart is…

Suggested Mudra – Dhyana Mudra “meditation” – meditate on the space as a feeling – of home


Journaling Questions/Ideas

Where do I feel the most at home? Expand your idea of home as a structure… thinking “outside of the box” – think of what home means to you.
Do I have a special room in my house that is where I like to practice Yoga? What “feelings” do I get when I am in that space? Where else do I have those feelings?
When I am not doing Yoga in this space – how do I feel in it? Is it the rolling out of the mat and centering for the Yoga practice that calls in these feelings?
What does Home is where the heart is mean to me and my personal experience?
Do I have anything in my past I am holding onto that is limiting my happiness where I live now? Where I Live now meaning physically, spiritually, emotionally… what ever that may mean to me.

Quotes

I long, as does every human being to be at home wherever I find myself – Maya Angelou

Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home – Matsuo Basho

Namaste ~ Kerry

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