Three Fundemental Precepts

by admin on June 5, 2011

As we navigate this path called life, Zen master Maurine Stuart Roshi (1922-1990) awakens us with three very simple and clear directions. “Refrain from bad acts. Do good acts as much as possible. Keep your mind pure and warm.” She notes that when our minds are cleared out we cannot hurt anyone because we are truly in touch with our interrelatedness.

We can choose our path in this world as well as our reactions to others. Find the freedom in savoring each moment and in letting it all be.

Namaste, Ghasso and Peace

Arlene

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FREEDOM

by admin on January 6, 2010

 

A bird in flight symbolizes transcendence as spirits of the air, ascent, communication and freedom. The sea gull has in particular come to represent freedom of the soul noting that gulls are at home in three elements: air, water and earth. Recall this the next time you see a bird in flight as so beautifully put by poet Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Flight”:

Hands shading eyes,
I follow the high flight:
honoring heaven, the bird
traverses
the transparency, without soiling the day.Winging westward, it climbs
each step up to the naked blue:
the entire sky is its tower,
and the world is cleansed by its movement.

Though the violent bird
seeks blood in the rose of space,
its structure is
arrow and flower in flight
and in the light its wings
are fused with air and purity.

O feathers destined
not to tree, meadow, or combat,
or to the atrocious ground
or sweatshop,
but to the conquest
of a transparent fruit!

I celebrate the sky dance
of gulls and petrels
attired in snow
as though I had
a standing invitation:
I participate
in their velocity and repose,
in the pause and haste of snow.

What flies in me is manifest
in the errant equation of those wings.

O wind aside the black condor’s
iron flight in the mist!
Whistling wind that transposed
the hero’s murderous scimitar:
you receive the harsh flight’s blow
like a coat of armor plate,
repeat its menace in the sky
until all becomes blue again.

The flight of a dart,
every swallow’s mission,
flight of the nightingale and its sonata,
the cockatoo and its showy crest.

Hummingbirds flying in a looking glass
stir sparkling emeralds,
and flying through the dew
the partridge shakes
the mint’s green soul.

I, who learned to fly with every flight
of pure professors
in the woods, at sea, in the ravines,
on my back in the sand,
or in dreams,
remained here, tied
to the roots,
to the magnetic mother, the earth,
lying to myself
and flying
only within,
alone and in the dark.

A plant dies and is buried again,
man’s feet return to the terrain,
only wings evade death.

The world is a crystal sphere,
if he does not fly man loses his way—
cannot understand transparency.
That is why I profess
unconfined clarity
and from the birds I learned
passionate hope,
the certainity and truth of flight.

Blessings to all on the path to freedom.

Om Shanti,

Arlene

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GRATITUDE

November 26, 2009

On this day of thanksgiving, I share thoughts from author Julie Rappaport from her book “365 Yoga”: “My inner smile widens. I am greeted by a roomful of people who choose to come together in yoga. To celebrate the body together in a feast of souls called “yoga class” gives shape and meaning to my days. […]

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Generosity

November 12, 2009

 From the book “Buddha Is as Buddha Does” by Lama Surya Das, we learn that the ” Bodhisattva Code’s call to be generous, which is its very first instruction, asks us to stretch our arms, hearts and minds, holding nothing back”.  He guides us that “We must also remain mindful of the full spectrum of […]

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Meditation to Cut Through Darkness and Bring in Light and Spiritual Identity

September 22, 2009

From “A Woman’s Book of Meditation”, Hari Kaur Khalsa brings us a meditation “Cutting through Negativity and Darkness, Bringing in Light and Spiritual Identity  (Sodarschan Chakra Kriya)”:             “This powerful kriya can give you inner happiness and ecstasy, and works effectively to cut through negativity, long-standing neuroses and low self-esteem. With continued practice, Sodarschan Chakra […]

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We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

September 1, 2009

In their “Meditations from the Mat”, Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison give us inspiration on how through our practice to flow down the river of Yoga. “At a Native American gathering in Arizona for the 1999 summer solstice, a Hopi elder said: “There is a river flowing now, very fast. It is so great and swift […]

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They call it Practice but it is a Privilege

August 20, 2009

For those of us with a home yoga practice, the road to the mat can sometimes be difficult, but when we look at it as a privilege rather than as an obligation our path to the mat is lightened. Julie Rappaport in her book “365 Yoga” brings us the following meditation entitled “Breath Before Dawn”: “As I wake […]

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Life: Your Perfect Teacher

August 5, 2009

Madisyn Taylor from her book DailyOm inspires us with the following meditation on life: “Many of us long to find a spiritual teacher or guru. We may feel unsure of how to practice our spirituality without one, or we may long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for […]

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