a series of events has inspired me to open pages
that have long been closed.
small journals filled with dreams, meditations, and inspirations
so, for the time being,
these are some of the things i’d like to share.
mr bojangles so calm
inside while the world
all around falling
but not here
two guitars and a violin
called pretty and flowers
on the table like a scene
from a movie
door’s voice touching
my soul so deep
i’ve been reborn
my skin is still hot
i’m in a dream
in the desert where
many have walked
in my body nude
on this rock
in the sun this
desert feeds my soul
what a magical place
i think we can change
with our love
Nearing one week of 3 new daily practices and already I see positive changes happening in my life!
I am beginning each day with Sadhana; pranayama and yoga. I started with 10 rounds of Nadi shodhana and 5-10 minutes of yoga. Each day I find myself inspired to practice longer and to move deeper into the practice. I moved my practice from my living room to the practice room, from the rug to a yoga mat.
I have also joined a YAR (You Are Responsible) group and will, for 5 weeks, journal each day about my success and challenges in treating others how I like to be treated. We have a community page that we use to post our journal entries. It’s quite an interesting experience so far. I am becoming more aware of how my emotional and mental states have an energetic effect on the words that I use to communicate. I expect to learn many great things about myself and my methods of communication through this exercise.
My 3rd practice is a meditation offered to me by my beloved to help me to learn to digest “negative” energy that I take in from the people around me and transform it into compassion. I sit in silent meditation for 20 minutes each day. So far my mind wanders fairly quickly. I tend to think about a yoga flow that I’m practicing for a class I’ll be teaching in February. I’m not making a great effort to move my focus back to the meditation. It feels like it will happen naturally and my mind is wandering to a good place.
As a result of the introduction of these new practices I am feeling more inspired to spend time in my garden as well as the communal spaces at my home. I am motivated to attend every Deep Healing Yoga class that my schedule allows. I am breathing deeper and fuller throughout the day. I am less annoyed by my cat, Jeffrey and more connected to my partner and I feel more confidence when I teach.
Lord Ganesha, the Hindu deity in a human form with the head of an elephant – represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors. For this reason, Hindus worship Ganesha first before beginning any religious, spiritual or worldly activity. In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and the Divine Mother Parvati. Their second son is Lord Subramanya and their daughter is Jyoti. As explained below, the portrayal of Lord Ganesha as the blend of human and animal parts symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by Hindu sages and illustrates some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance.
– Bansi Pandit
I went to IPSB’s 2012 graduation ceremony on Sunday. It was a small gathering. I arrived with a speech in hand which I had not ‘practiced’ for more than about 12 minutes since writing the thing. But I knew what to say. The speech was attached to a string that went straight into my heart. It would be hard to forget what that means.
My experience was interesting.. I was able to observe the physical changes happening in my body as I waited to give the speech, stood and spoke for 4 minutes, and waited again as the ceremony continued. As I sat through the opening ceremony I felt fairly calm but my throat was so dry it hurt and it was hard to swallow. Of all the times to forget a water bottle.. anyway, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to speak when the time came. My stomach was twisting in knots.
When I was called up to the podium I focused on my breath and moved slowly, with intention. It was uncomfortable up there. As I shared the speech I made sure to look at as many people as possible. I wanted to see them see and hear me. I wanted to speak to each of them.
After I was complete I returned to my seat and observed my body as it began to shake uncontrollably. I started to sweat and my body got cold. This went on for a good 8 minutes or so then began to return to normal. This is an improvement.
I’m grateful for the invitation to speak at the ceremony on behalf of the HHP graduating class. I learned many things about myself through the process of writing and presenting the speech. Although I have completed my program at the school, I am still learning. Every day I am learning and changing and growing.
Many thanks to IPSB.. the school, the teachings, and the people.
Congratulations to my fellow IPSB graduates! We are all destined to do great things.
On day 5 of my meditation challenge.
Thanks to Equanimity, an app on my phone, I’m able to easily track my sitting time. So far, I’ve spent almost 8 hours sitting in silent meditation in the past 4 days. It’s been frustrating, distracting, painful, and challenging as well as rejuvenating, calming, and insightful. It’s amazing how easy it is and, yet, it’s one of the most challenging things for me to do.
Fortunately, our landlord agreed to transform one of our rooms into a practice space with an amazing oak floor! A perfect place to meditate..