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From darkness to light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The days following hurricane Sandy still seem unreal. Areas of NYC seem untouched, but as we watch the news and speak to friends and families in the surrounding areas we hear of the devastation wrought by Sandy. In lower Manhattan we have power and are back in the light, but not everyone is as lucky. Some still hope for power, and others are going to need to rebuild their homes.

It will take patience and time, but together we will move further into the light and help to rebuild the communities that were greatly affected.

Taking everything day by day can make this more managable. Take care of yourself first by starting with a short meditation repeating the asato ma sadgamaya chant to clear your mind, relax your body and prepare you for the day.

Live Light Practice:

Sit in a quiet place on the floor or in a chair. For ten minutes repeat the following chant to yourself. Try in Sanskrit, but you can always repeat the English if you prefer.

asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the untruth to the truth.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.

 

Shanti,

Liza

Nov06

Big knitting twist

Big Twist Leg Warmers by Erica Patberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My latest knitting project is proving to be a challenge. It’s not that the pattern is extremely difficult it is just that I have convinced myself that it is difficult.

So often we talk ourselves out of things or convince ourselves that we can’t do something even before we begin. What I hear a lot from people is ‘I can’t meditate’, ‘I’m bad at yoga’, ‘I can’t do a handstands’ and so on. We set ourselves up for failure even before we start. How does that serve us? Well it shows us what we believe to be true is. We meet our expectations.

With my knitting I was on a roll and then hit a snag so now it is sitting in my closet waiting for that day when I believe in myself. All I need is to take the time to be completely present with the project and believe that it will be possible.

Live Light Practice:
What is something in your life that you tell yourself you can’t do? Focus on it with a new perspective. You can do it. Believe it is possible. Notice how things shift with this new thought process.

Sep06

Knitting Meditations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although, some may view summer days as sweaty rather than sweet, I find summer to always leave me with a smile. The smile may come from nostalgic days of past or from new memories being created.

I’ve been taking time to fit in my favorite summer pass time – knitting on the beach. This past weekend when I was knitting on the beach I observed myself as the wind picked up and my eyes narrowed. I leaned back and deepened my breath and with each inhale knit, each exhale purl. The repetition brought my mind to focus instead of being whipped around by the storm rolling in.

My afternoon at the beach was a continuous gentle meditation. I sat still with the focus on knitting the yarn together in a balanced, flexible, and steady manor. Meditation in motion doesn’t have to be from knitting, it could be during a run, bike ride, etc. How do you find yourself in the present moment?

Live Light Practice:

With only a few weeks left in summer. How can you make it memorable? How do you want to be when the soft hues of fall begin to roll in?

Jul27
goodcommons2012

Yoga + Yarn Retreat at Good Commons 2012

Yoga + Yarn Retreat at Good Commons Nov 8-11, 2012             Sleepaway camp is fun when you’re a kid because—hello—no parents. If only you could go back as an adult to appreciate the trees, the friends, and the abundant crafting opportunities. You can! The Yoga + Yarn Retreat in at […]

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