Hope you have been having an awesome, amazing and abundant summer. How did you do on that Pacific Northwest checklist of fun? Let’s see, just this week, I logged:
- Blueberry picking
- Visited the San Juan Islands
- Watched the Orcas swim by
- Jumped and played in three separate lakes
- Danced to Pink Martinis at Zoo Tunes
- Meditated – lots and in some really cool places
- Finished a couple of books
Whatever you decide to do these next few weeks make sure it nourishes your soul. So often we forget about that in the hustle and bustle of living, and then I wonder if we really are living. Find Joy & Embrace it.
Next month (September) I will be hosting two workshops at Village Green Yoga. More info to follow shortly, but mark your calendars now.
- Loving Your Sun – learning the fun-damentals of the Sun Salutation Sequence
Sunday, September 23, 1:00 – 3:30
- Taking the Time to Meditate – opening to the heart of a meditation practice.
Sunday, September 30, 1:00 – 2:30
And here it is, the reason for the title of this posting. This is an excerpt from a letter from my rabbi on this week’s Torah portion. The whole of his writing is powerful, but this short bit says it all. Enjoy!
When we make spirituality an essential part of our existence, however, what we are able to see is radically different. Because our spiritual path serves to reconnect us to Source, it expands our awareness beyond the tunnel vision of the ego. In removing our blinders and opening our eyes it also opens our heart. As we become spiritually aware, we are able to see the essential goodness of the world, the miracle of life, the unfathomable gift of our own birth, and the preciousness of relationship. We are able to hold the pain and suffering, the struggling and the fear with acceptance, understanding and compassion. The existence of love brings up feelings of gratitude, the wonder of aliveness, feelings of pure joy. In such awareness the other is no longer seen as a means to satisfy one’s needs; one is able to leave the past in the past, welcome the future with an open heart, and be fully present to one’s experience in every moment, just as it is. When awareness transcends the ego, one can’t help but see abundance and love.
Shalom & Namaste
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