Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Pony Express...


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...

On this day, April 3rd 1860, The Pony Express debuted bringing mail between Missouri and California in a speedy 10 days. It was a time before Radio, telephones and only lasted 18 months before the telegraph was invented but it was the start of rapid communication and union between people and places far and wide. A form of yoga, which we don’t always think in terms of our instant communication these days but when we communicate, we connect and when we connect we are in yoga, just like when we come to the mat to connect with ourselves.

Great timing for this lesson.

Mercury is in retrograde so communication is especially difficult around now.

Communication is not just with words, but also with thoughts. As our collective intention today, in practice and in our daily routine, focus on the communication of swift but kind words within so that swift and kind thoughts and words can be sent out…pony express style.

To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ~Ben Jonson

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. ~Earl Wilson

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. ~Winston Churchill

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Unknown

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat's Cradle

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne. Quentin Crisp

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. Martin Farquhar Tupper

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. ~Edgar Allan Poe

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet. ~Ann Landers

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. ~Hermann Hesse

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~Dorothy Nevill

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut. ~Unknown

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment. Ira Gassen

Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain. ~Unknown

The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak. ~Author Unknown

It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln

Every conversational pause refreshes. ~George Sanders

Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now? ~Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr. (arnawt)

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. ~Ambrose Bierce

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. ~Horace

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. ~Spanish Proverb

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. ~Will Durant

If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf. ~Lemony Snicket

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving evidence of the fact. ~George Eliot

Calvin: Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak.

Hobbes: Probably so we can think twice. - Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger. ~Chinese Proverb

Never miss a good chance to shut up. ~Will Rogers

One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing. ~Frank Sheed

Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance. ~Robert Quillen

The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it. ~Frank M. Garafola

I just wish my mouth had a backspace key. ~Unknown

No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next. ~E.W. Howe

If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it. ~Austin O'Malley

If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. ~George Barzan

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. ~Adlai Stevenson

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. ~Unknown

Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. ~Wendell Johnson

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand. ~Unknown

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. ~Unknown, attributed to Mark Twain

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. ~Ernest Hemingway

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