Smile Award :)

smile-award.jpgAw, Shucks!

I have been honored by Treehousejukebox 🙂 So now I get to pass it on…. the best part. I am humbled, given the sometimes dark mood of what I share here, that anyone would honor me in this way. Thanks for getting me. Thanks for reading. Thanks for writing your blogs:


ram dass

rolf gates



(ok, so the ram dass link isn’t to a blog, but it’s one of the places i go for smiles, so check it out!)

And now… I know I only am supposed to recognize five, but I only just now found this one, and I love it: justmakingitup  . just freaking good.


street yoga: evidently I don’t know how to embed content… so go to Treehousejukebox’s blog and check this out…it’s cooler that way, anyway, you’ll like her blog.

meanwhile, back on the mat….

as I watch this amazing “last lecture” by Randy Pausch, listen to an amazing exposition of the Beatitudes by Neil Douglas Klotz, read reflection on Tantric Heart Sutras, one of the partners in my heart (as opposed to people with whom you simply work), with whom I am texting, who has recently stepped into the paramedic role,  asks the following: What’s worse, the fighter contemplating his career after his first fight or the one reflecting on her last? (I paraphrase, sorry my phone dumped its memory)

Leave aside how unyogically I’m streaming as much inspiring, supportive language into my consciousness as possible in my blissful multitasking….

It was the unlocking question, the one that had to be asked in order for the answer to arise from breath & water…

The one who doesn’t get back in the ring.

Paramedic's Prayer to the Yoga Teacher Within

[That’s Teacher with a big “T” like the big “L” in Love…]

Please help me remember I am a creator of worlds.

But one of the many creators of worlds, that more important than creators or worlds are the interactions between.

Please help me understand how Divinity is expressed in worlds I can’t even want to understand how anyone would allow themselves to create.

Please help me understand how there isn’t someone who oversees this whole interaction, I mean really… isn’t that sort of important? Are we really going to let the children play like this?

And please help me remember I’m one of the children.

Just help me remember, remember whatever it is I forgot. Please help me stay conscious in my indigation, my anger, to stay connected to my own limitations, to the freedom of others. Please help me find the frame that will let me let go.

Crying as Pranayama

OK, so it wasn’t the first thing I came upon.

First, I slept ’til noon. (While I endorse indulgence, it’s not so much as it might seem. In fact I figured out – genius! – that I should do so more often, because my working plan has been to try to make myself sleep til noon days I work, and force myself out of bed early days I don’t so I “get more done.” What a doofhead.)

Then, I sat in my pajamas, ate chocolate chip cookies and watched soap operas. Followed by Law & Order & Crossing Jordan. While doing Sudoku. For reasons I find embarrassingly obvious I find the order exhibited by cop shows and number puzzles comforting.

Then I looked up job coaching on the web. And employment ads. Then I googled “I need a new job.” (Even funnier results: “I hate my f***ing job.”)

Then I put Baroque music on Itunes streaming from the computer, took my latest installation of Tantric teaching to the bath….

And then I finally started to deal.

Pranayam is consciously relating to breath. Crying is breathing with a vengeance.  Consciously Breathing With A Vengeance, now that’s yoga.


You’ve got to be frigging kidding me.

 Two women, two different calls. Both, both apoligized to me. For taking my time, for being a bother, for needing something. Really? This is the way our world works? This is the way my world works? You’ve got to be kidding me.

You’ve got to be kidding. One was raped in front of a group of other people. One was coming off a bender, in her own apartment, not admirable, not proud, but in need and not having harmed another being.

Both of these women wept, averted their gazes, showed angst, shame, and at the end…

Apologized for needing help, thanked me profusely, surprisedly, for being nice to them.

Really? This is how our world works? People who are at their lowest, most hurt and wounded, people who have hurt no one are surprised by humanity. And the rapist, the derider and the just plain skater, they act as if my attention, your kindness and our resources are their due.

Really? Is this what we’ve meant to do? Is it? Really?

Not me.

Perhaps there's a limit.

My husband boxed in his younger days; he tells me there’s a myth that each boxer has a limited number of matches in him, and then it’s done. Even the boxer himself doesn’t know when it’ll be up, until it is. Then he knows, and it is.

Perhaps paramedics have a set number of rapes or murders or child batterings they can run. Each one is tough, each one shouldn’t happen. But you pick yourself up, you run your next call. Or a hundred.

But one day, you run the one. The last. And then you know.

 Maybe. Maybe I’ve found mine.