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The Filters of Vision

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Target Altitude

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Yoga Thoughts

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Yama is yoga’s Social ethics, how we practice to get along with each other.

Michael Stone‘s way of looking at these . . .

Ahimsa: recognizing that I am not separate from all that is.  Non-violence

Satya: listening, acting and speaking from the heart in each spontaneous circumstance.  Truthfulness

Asteya: being satisfied with what I have; not taking what is not freely given.  Non-stealing

Brahmacharya: encountering all creatures with respect and dignity; wise use of sexual energy.  Continence

Aparigraha: using all the ingredients of my life without clinging.  Non-possessiveness

How is your asana practice reflecting your yama?  How is your yama out in the world reflecting your yoga?

Nurture the Nature

Last month, you had an opportunity to look at some of your attitudes toward your body.  In the tried and true tradition of connecting microcosm with macrocosm, let’s consider how that reflects your relationship with your very own home planet, Earth.

(Okay, I just know some of you out there are reminding me that you don’t actually come from here.  I’m fine with that.  Just remember that you’re living here and you don’t want to be like the bad tourists who make a mess and then leave it for the inhabitants to clean up.)

We live in such an amazing time: we’ve got access to images of the whole Earth.  We can follow weather systems as they shift and change and interact with each other.  We have a sense of how air, water and sea exchange with each other.

But when was the last time you noticed the phase of the moon?

And do your sleep or eating patterns change with the seasons?  Intentionally?

Caring for the Earth can seem an insanely huge project, way beyond Don Quixote and windmill-tilting.  Hell, caring for our physical needs is more than many of us can manage with family, work, and other demands.

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So, what did you find last month?  What was the glaring area or attitude that deserves some attention and a re-write or do-over?

If that were a metaphor for something bigger on the planet, what would it be?  Are you running down the soil, by never giving it a rest or a change?  Are you polluting the air by tossing garbage into your lungs?  Is your refusal to take time for water intake causing a drought?

Yes, we’re being simplistic here.  Because we can solidify our personal nature intentions by approaching them from the global perspective.  And those of us who are already concerned about the bigger picture can find our personal reflections of the problems we see out there.

If your intention is to stop running yourself ragged, and the only doorway out of that you can see is to need less, here’s your opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle.  If your blood pressure spikes because you haven’t been dealing with your emotions regularly, here’s your opportunity to defuse the emotional violence in the world with compassionate conversation.  If you want to tune your sleep cycles to the natural world, here’s your opportunity to observe and mirror the patterns of the flora and fauna around you.

Despite our cultural behaviour, we are not separate from the rest of nature.  Here’s your chance to reconnect with the rest of our tribe.

Workshops at On the Wings of Dreams

I’ll be presenting 3 highly participatory workshops in March and April, 2 on tarot and 1 on numerology, all at On the Wings of Dreams, in downtown Shepherdstown.   You can attend one or more; the first one is the only one with a limit on attendance (and we’ll just create a waiting list and a second date, if need be.)

tarot_cardsTarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think   is a fun way to get acquainted with the basics of Tarot, using The Tarot Game © by Jude Alexander.  If you’ve always wanted to learn tarot, this is the time and place to start – or carry on with what you’ve already started.  There’s space for only 6 intrepid students to explore tarot basics while building a reading.  Since space is limited, advance registration (with payment) is required.  To book your space, call 304-876-0244.   Thursday, 10th March, 6:30 to 9pm; $30

Tarot Spreads: Mapping the Landscape  will get you up to speed for information gathering.  Now that you’re familiar with some of the inhabitants and landmarks in the Tarot world, how do you organize your materials so that you have as much information as you’re looking for?  We’ll look at how you can build spreads of your own.  Come with your tarot deck and an area of your life that needs clarification; you’ll be reading a spread of your own creation.  Prerequisite: Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think or other Tarot experience.  Thursday, 21st April, 6:30 to 9pm; $30

numbersNumerology: Numbers as Patterns  will have you looking differently at the numbers in your life.  In the esoteric world of Numerology, numbers aren’t just quantities, they’re qualities.  In this introduction to the art and science of Numerology, we’ll look at your personal numbers, as well as some of the numbers that surround you.  You’ll leave the class with keys to your own treasure chest of meaning in your life.  Thursday, 7th April, 6 to 8pm; $25

Sign up via email, or by phone call to On the Wings of Dreams: 304-876-0244.