Friday, January 14, 2011

Albert Schweitzer 1/14/11


In Lady Yoga fashion, it is my goal to look back in history to see where we have come from, find the yoga in the moments past to keep us rooted in the present and passionate about where we are going in the future.
On that note...

Albert Schweitzer, the French theologian, musician, philosopher, missionary doctor and Nobel Prize-winning physician was born on this day in 1875 (in Upper-Alsace, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France)).
He won the Nobel Prize (in 1952) for his philosophy, Reverence for Life which, in his words means to be in awe of the mystery of life and explains that good comes out of observing and serving mankind.

Today as we look to practice either on the mat or contemplating reading this blog, let's set the collective intention for our own personal reverence for Life and the deep sacredness of this practice. In lightness and in awe - be where you are now, whether you have been practicing for six years or six minutes and hold on to the possibility of change and celebrate the ebbs and flow that change and progress brings about in your practice.

And, in his words...

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Example is leadership.

I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats

Lady Yoga

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