Monday, May 16, 2011

Your path, full circle...


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 May 15th, 1618, German mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler discovered Harmonic’s Law. Most simply it’s the motion of planets around the sun. The sun is the focus. The lines connecting the planets to the sun sweeps out in an ellipse, always bringing it back to where it started, in harmony and unity in equal areas and in equal periods of time – seasons, birthdays, calendars...

I always find it interesting talking about historical things that are so deep in the past you just always thought it existed. I was talking to a girl the other day and telling her about how we didn’t have computers in college. I mean we did, but you had to go to a computer center and they were big and the cursor blinked. She couldn’t imagine that, being born in 1990!

But I can’t imagine not ever knowing that the planets revolved around the sun. But alas, someone had to discover it, right? So now we know!

In addition, On May 16, 2011, the Endeavour space shuttle launched into its 25th and final voyage Monday—also the anniversary of it’s first landing on May 16, 1992.

Yoga is a path. It takes us on a journey back to ourselves, our natural state of being, the way we came into the world – calm, clear and connected. It’s not a linear path, but one that circles around, like planets around the sun and brings us back to where we started, a little bit different, a little bit changed, a little bit older and fueled with more life.

For the purpose of practicing, focus on the journey, not the destination as we take to the mat and return to back to ourselves once again, the center of our being, our true and natural state, in balance, harmony and joy with yourself and those around you.

And these guys are with us too…

Enough is as good as a feast. English Proverb

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton

Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself. Jessye Norman

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Robert Fulghum

We need to maintain a proper balance in our life by allocating the time we have. There are occasions where saying no is the best time management practice there is. Catherine Pulsifer

What I dream of is an art of balance. Henri Matisse

As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. H. Ross Perot

The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Gustav Jung

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life. William Arthur Ward

Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten. Natasha Bedingfield

It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. Wendell Berry

The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair. Marion Zimmer Bradley

It is better to travel well than to arrive. Buddha

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha

Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Carlos Castaneda

You should live every day like it's your last day because one day you're gonna be right. Ray Charles

Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move. Paulo Coelho

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. Stephen Covey

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. Alfred D’Souza

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Jean de la Fontaine

The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. Barbara DeAngelis

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Meister Eckhart

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before. Erich Fromm

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. Buckminster Fuller

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. Gloria Gaither

Say not, I have found the truth, but rather, I have found a truth. Say not, I have found the path of the soul, Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path. For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. Kahlil Gibran

It‘s not where we stand but in what direction we are moving. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart. For the traveler who knows his direction, there is always a favorable wind. Stuart Avery Gold

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go. Natalie Goldberg

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh,

Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. Robert J. Hastings

You cannot have a happy ending to a miserable journey. Abraham-Hicks

We are what we reach for, the idealized image that drives our wandering. James Hillman

It's pretty hard to get what you want when you're busy doing and being what you don't want. Cheryl Janecky

We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures. Susan Jeffers

Often the search proves more profitable than the goal. E. L. Konigsburg

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him. Henry Miller

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller

Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses

By losing your goal - you have lost your way, too! Friedrich Nietzsche

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. Earl Nightingale

Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction. Kenichi Ohmae

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. Gilda Radner

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand

Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. Mary Lou Retton

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke

The only journey is the journey within. Rainer Maria Rilke

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. Carl Rogers

Journey from the self to the Self and find the mine of gold. Leave behind what is sour and bitter and move toward the sweet. Rumi

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the only one who'll decide where you'll go. Dr. Seuss

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. Mark Twain

Your journey never ends. Life has a way of changing things in incredible ways. Alexander Volkov

As I ramble through life, whatever be my goal, I will unfortunately always keep my eye upon the doughnut and not upon the whole. Wendy Wasserstein

The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it. Marianne Williamson

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey

What I know for sure is that your life is a multipart series of all your experiences- and each experience is created by your thoughts, intentions, and actions to teach you what you need to know. Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter. Oprah Winfrey

Safe journeys and landings,


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