Top 10 Principles of Happiness That I Was Never Taught at church

8 Nov

Check it out at Doves and Serpents ….

 

 

Tell me about your dogma!

11 Oct

New Sunday post over at Doves and Serpents – come join in!

Doves and Serpents

9 Oct

Visit me on Sundays at the new and hip blog, Doves and Serpents. I’m writing and hosting (and taking submissions!) for the Sunday column: Sanctuary: mind, body, soul.
Preparing for the blog has been exciting, and the contributors are amazing and smart and witty. Jump in over there, and don’t hesitate to send me a submission – among other things, we’re going to be chatting about yoga. A lot. Jump on in!

I just can’t get enough…

2 May

of my new book: The Gift, poems by Hafiz the great Sufi master, translations by Daniel Ladinsky. Suzanna had this book available at Teacher Training today and I got so absorbed in it that I almost dropped everything in my very busy day to curl up in a corner and read. On the way home tonight, my car drove itself to Barnes and Noble where I was forced beyond my control to shell out $16.00 that I didn’t have to buy my own copy. Now if only I could go to bed instead of mooning over Hafiz.

HAFIZ

It

Is all

Just a love contest

And I never

Lose.

Now you have another good reason

To spend more time

With

Me.

THIS SKY

This

Sky

Where we live

Is no place to lose your wings

So love, love,

Love.

BERSERK

Once

In a while

God cuts loose His purse strings,

Gives a big wink to my orchestra,

Hafiz

Does not require

Any more prompting than that

To let

Every instrument inside

Go

Berserk

My favorite:

IT WILL STRETCH OUT ITS LEG

All the classes you have sat in,

All the money you have paid

For “truth”,

Something must be wrong, though,

If your eye still wanders through the streets

Acting like a beggar.

Why not try this:

Let all the fake teachers starve.

Picture one of the great masters

In your mind,

Put your lips against his cheek

Each morning.

Say, keep saying,

“Dear Beloved, pinch me.

I want proof You’re near —

A love-bruise on my rump will do.”

The Friend is an unfathomable well

That knows everything;

Draw from that safe luminous sky.

Stay near this book,

It will stretch out its leg and

Trip you;

You’ll fall

Into

God.

Teeny Weeny Yogini

25 Apr

In high school, I used to babysit every Tuesday for my seminary teacher. Their family was awesome. One of the things I loved was that their kids would eat anything. Their dad said that whenever they introduced a new vegetable, he and his wife would make a huge deal about how excited they were to be having it. They would pretend not to give their kids any of it, saying, “you won’t like this… this is just for grown-ups.” Of course their kids begged for some, and when they got to try it, they had to master the art of faking it. “MMMM!!!”

This is how I approach yoga with my kids. I play coy, “you don’t want to do yoga with me? OK, no biggie.” I know they will move away from anything I pressure them to do too strongly. It’s a fine line, balancing how much motivation to give them, and when to leave it alone. Drew has grown increasingly interested in yoga lately. Her daycare has been doing a program called “ZENergy” and she loves it. It’s somehow a mixture of yoga poses, John-Travolta-dance-moves, and gymnastics. Needless to say, she loves it. She’s coming home begging to go to Cosmic’s kids class, and spontaneously popping into poses that I haven’t taught her. Fun for me! Now I have a yoga partner.

Um, yes. She’s always this calm and cooperative.

I’m saving this one for when she’s a teenager. Proof that she really does love me.

Updog. Downdog. At The Dog. I smell a Dr. Seuss inspired yoga book in the works!

Yep, any day now we’ll be booking our flight to India. Namaste, baby!

Safe Passage

23 Apr

This week, I went to a meditation class with Corrie Borris. She spoke about healing and facilitated the class through a two-part breathing process. During her talk, she said something that really moved me,

“Do other people have safe passage through your mind?”

That gave me such a good perspective on the power of thought. It’s been transforming my thoughts all day.

Her two-part breathing process was fascinating. I’ve done quite a bit of pranayama before, but never a process like this. It was incredibly insightful. I’ll let y’all know when she’s coming again…

More MoSto

20 Apr

I spent a fun (and long!) evening with 3 amazing friends: John Dehlin, Heather Orson Beal, and Lee White creating a Mormon Stories podcast called, “Raising Children in a Non-traditional LDS Home.” If you look under the dictionary under “non-traditional” Mormon, my picture is right there!

It might be of interest to my Mormon friends, but probably boring for the rest of y’all! Check it out here: Mormon Stories, or on I-tunes under Mormon Stories Podcast.