Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day...Leave, love, unconditional love...

and support...

Whether you have a dad or don't. Whether you are close with dad or aren't.
Today is father's day.
For some, dad is infinite - always there - a parent to live up to, rebel against, look up to or towards for guidance.
For some, he's still there, ready to walk you down the aisle when you get married.
Maybe he is an idea... that role model that never existed. For some, we've lost our 'dad' before the greatest memories began for our adulthood. But, there is no doubt that we all have some male support now or in times gone by for support that gives us the unconditional love or push that we need to live our best self.
Tap into your inner dad - the one that made sure you had a jacket when it was cold, the one that you tried to quiet when he told you you would understand when you were older or told you how to live when you knew exactly how to live, the one you saw on tv or the one you put on your wall or wished you had.
Tap into the masculine strength we ALL have, whether we are girls or boys.

In honor of father’s day, our collective intention is to celebrate that unconditional love and support. Enlist the support from that figure and send out your practice to them. In gratitude....

Just because somebody doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with everything they got. unknown

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. Friedrich Nietzsche

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There’s nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional. George W. Bush

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine de Saint – ExupĂ©ry

Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. Leo Buscaglia

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.- Anne Geddes

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." -- Ruth E. Renkel

It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.- Margaret Truman

The giving of love is an education in itself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Even after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, "You owe me."

Look what happens with A love like that. It lights the whole sky.- Hafiz of Persia

Things Dads Say…

"Did someone see that duck?" (after passing wind) - that's just my freekin' favorite!

"Do you think I'm talking just to hear my own voice?"

"Walk it off."

"Blow on it."

"Don't get smart with me."

"Because I said so."

"It will build character."

"You'll understand when you're older."

"I will turn this car around."


Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. Bill Cosby

Gray hair is God's graffiti. Bill Cosby

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit. Bill Cosby

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. Bill Cosby

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. Bill Cosby

One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. Unknown

You know... fathers just have a way of putting everything together. Erika Cosby

Every Dad is entitled to one hideous shirt and one horrible sweater. It's part of the Dad code. Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005) – Tom Baker (Steve Martin)

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. Unknown

“By the time I was ten, playing baseball got to be like eating vegetables or taking out the garbage. So when I was 14, I started to refuse. Could you believe that? An American boy refusing to play catch with his father?” Field of Dreams (1989) – Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner)

It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. Enid Bagnold

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. Albert Einstein

There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. Unknown

When one has not had a good father, one must create one. Friedrich Nietzsche

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton

All children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. Ruth E. Renkel

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. John Gregory Brown

“You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son.” Superman Returns (2006) – Superman (Brandon Routh)

There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.” Flicka (2006) – Katie McLoughlin (Alison Lohman)

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. Red Buttons


My dad was a driver in NYC. When I moved to LA, I became a driver. Aren't we all, living in LA?

One of the greatest lessons, my dad taught me was to leave room...

When driving, leave room - allowing a car length between you and the driver in front of you so that you work with the flow of driving. (what I took) When we work together, we will all get to where we need to in good time. If you are riding someone's bumper you are congesting the space, creating stagnancy in the movement of everyone. Now, my dad wasn't a yogi, but driving was his yoga. And you can use that lesson on the 405 or in life.

Leave room...

while driving.

while practicing - for the breath to fill a pose.

while eating - for comfort, fuel and easy assimilation.

while speaking - to be thoughtful

while listening - to be present

while looking - to take in

while breathing - to fill up and feel complete, to let go and feel free

Leave room and you will be receptive to all that is good and waiting right here for you, within.

Dear dad - although you are gone – you keep teaching me more everyday!!!!

Happy Father's Day.

~ Lady Yoga

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