Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years

E Plurbis Unum - Out of Many, One - The Seal of the United States

Living in NYC at the first 9/11 was a powerful and terrifying time. I had just moved back to NYC after many years in Los Angeles. Although we were all effected, I can't imagine being anywhere else in the world for that time as NY rallied together in a way I had never seen or experienced in all my life.


My family was close by and within the tragedy that surrounded us all, it shook many of us still standing into having a different perspective on life. I think it made us all take a good look at ourselves, those we spend time with and how we spend our time. I never in a million years thought I would become a yoga teacher but I'm pretty sure that the events that happened on 9/11 changed the course of my life.

On 9/11, it was the last day of many people's lives. In a scramble of terror, the phone calls reaching out to loved ones in the final moments were all about love and gratitude and hope. There was no talk of anger or frustration or road rage or that the barista didn't get the coffee right or you were cut off in line. Of course, I speak from experience...that's what happened to me that morning when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. I was at Dunkin' Donuts and pissed off at a woman who cut the line. How absolutely ridiculous in hindsight.

It's my goal to be of service to others. I wake up everyday grateful that I have the opportunity to teach and write. Some days are good and some days are bad, but I am always happy to teach an individual or a class room full of people. It's my path and it came into clarity in the most confusing time IN our time.

In memory of a time that's sealed in our memory, let's spend the day or practice with the collective intention to fill our souls and each other with love, hope, compassion and last but not least, gratitude - that we get to practice, move our bodies, breathe deeply and come together in community.

Today we reflect on the moment we became one - differences aside, we stood together, in memory, we stand unified. - Boeing

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
 Helen Keller

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. Stendhal

Do all things with love. Og Mandino

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds. Marianne Williamson

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Albert Einstein

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. Hippocrates

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." Patanjali

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.Buddha

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." Buddha

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so let us all be thankful." Buddha

"He who lives with his senses well controlled, moderate in his food and drink, he will not be overthrown, any more than the wind throws down a rocky mountain." Buddha

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. Marianne Williamson

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. Max de Pree

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God. Ram Dass

"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"What one relishes, nourishes." Benjamin Franklin

"He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees." Benjamin Franklin

"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep always in the sunlight." Benjamin Franklin

"Time heals all wounds." Anonymous

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." Sydney J. Harris

"The soul is a breath of living spirit, that with excellent sensitivity, permeates the entire body to give it life. Just so, the breath of the air makes the earth fruitful. Thus the air is the soul of the earth..." Hildegarde of Bingen

"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness." Seneca

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To keep your interest alive, do what you love and love what you do for "...when work is a pleasure, life is a joy. Maxim Gorky

"Love one another: you'll be happy and healthy. It's as simple and difficult as that." Michael Leunig

"A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug." Patricia Neal

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." Thich Nhat Hanh

"A quiet mind cureth all."Robert Burton

"Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way." Amrit Desai

"Teach only love for that is what you are." A Course In Miracles

"Sing songs that none have sung, think thoughts that ne'er in the brain have rung; walk in paths that none have trod; weep tears as none have shed for God. Give peace to all to whom none other gave, claim him your own who's everywhere disclaimed. Love all with love that none have felt and brave the battle of life with strength unchained." Paramahansa Yogananda

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.Max de Pree

"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own. Abraham Lincoln

"Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives." Louise L. Hay

"I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul." General Douglas MacArthur

"To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." William Londen

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. Sai Baba

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are. Rachel Naomi Remen

"Sorrow looks back with sadness. Worry looks up and down, from side to side, with fear. Faith looks forward with hope and gladness." Anonymous

"Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love." Leo Buscaglia

"One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." Sophocles

All healing is first a healing of the heart. Carl Townsend

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis B. Smedes

"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love." Mohandas K. Gandhi

In gratitude, love, hope and compassion,


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