"...Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

-Mary Oliver

Food For Thought


The gift of winter

Happy (almost) New Year!

What a year 2016 has been! Some good things have happened…some not so good things,and here we are again, about to start another new year. What will you change as you step forward into 2017? What do you desire? What’s missing? What needs to be let go? How will you take care of your heart this year? Do you even know?

New Year’s resolutions are often made, but not followed through on. What happens to the enthusiasm with which they are made? Often, I think, life just gets too busy, because we are simply adding more to our already full plates. I’m not sure where I would be without my practice of meditation, yoga and yoga nidra. Not that there is no more angst-there’s plenty. But now, after years and years of practice, even when life seems to fall apart, I find greater resilience in meeting the challenges as they arrive. Don’t get me wrong-I struggle a lot and have huge amount of healing yet to do. What has changed though, is that I am finally beginning to understand myself better, to see more clearly what triggers me, holds me back, knocks me down. I am realizing that I have way more control than I thought, not necessarily over what happens, but over the possibility of responding rather than reacting to the things that DO happen that I may or, more often, may not, appreciate. As hard as it is for me to believe, I am FINALLY learning to not be so hard on myself. Dare I say there is more tolerance for me? More love and understanding? I’d have never believed it, but it is so. All it takes is the commitment to be there for ME in the way I wish others could be. I think that is the key-we must be for ourselves what we wish for from others. We must love ourselves the way we want, no, NEED, to be loved.We know ourselves best. I heard Lady GaGa say something like, “We are our own life partner. Others will come and go, but we are here for ourselves forever; yet we spend so very little time cultivating a loving relationship with ourselves”. Now remember how I have been-a hard headed, egocentric, left-brained, now retired general surgeon. Trust me (I am a doctor after all!), this does NOT come easily to me; I can say with great confidence, that if this work can even begin to budge me, or more honestly, totally change my life,  I know everyone can benefit. I’m positive I must have been the biggest non-believer in such things as meditation, yet the changes in myself with practice are undeniable. I’m sure I’d neither recognize nor like being with the one I was nearly 15 years ago when I left my surgical practice. So odd, even though both are called  ”practices”, they have had totally different intentions and outcomes.

If you are seeking more clarity and ease in your busy life, maybe you’ll consider joining one of my 8 week classes. I’ve been teaching full time since 2004, and each session opens more doors, peels away more layers for me , both as a teacher and lifelong student. It is a joy and a deep honor to be a witness to people realizing that, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, they’ve had the power all along! In this fast paced society in which we live, we look out, rather than in; but I have discovered, always the hard way, that what you seek lies within. I see myself as a guide, a mentor, and I hope, a beacon of possibility for all. We may not be able to change the world, or political situations, or others, but we can always choose how we see and relate to what IS. The more I practice, the more I can see with kindness and tolerance-both myself, and the world. I don’t think it is possible to bring too much love to the world. And yet, it all starts with your willingness to be kind to YOU.

If this resonates with you in any way, I hope you’ll consider joining the upcoming 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction sessions. Give yourself the gift of bringing your own patient and loving presence to the life you have…it is after all, the one you have. It is way too easy to simply let it slip away.

I have 2 scheduled for early 2017:

Sunday evenings, January 8-March 5, 2017, 4-6:30 at Yoga Tree Hampden ,

and Tuesday evenings, January 10-February 28,2017, 7-9:30 pm at Razz Yoga in Jacksonville .

Please see calendar for details about Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra offerings

Join me this winter to take full advantage of the season of turning inward, to create space for rest if there is none apparent in your life, and watch the possibilities arise.

I wish you a fresh new year full of  hope, infinite possibilities, ease and more love than you can ever imagine! It is already within your reach!

 

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