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You can find our dedicated group for discussion of Eckhart Tolle’s new book A New Earth at yogaeveryday.gather.com.

The cool thing about joining the group – aside from being quick & easy – it becomes a co-blog. You can comment on what others write or make your own article (blog) reflecting how you are digesting your experience.

Look for this icon newearth_iconleader_christine1.jpgon the groups page.

Let me know if you have any difficulty and I’ll help. yogaguidesatgmaildotcom

You are This Beautiful Place

As I was resting and recouping one day, allowing the mind to empty and relax (it wants to, you know :), I realized…

I am just in this really beautiful place.

I am in this beautiful place.

I am this beautiful place.

I.

Beautiful Place.

You are, too.

Awareness & Thinking: A User's Guide to Recursive Consciousness

Something Tolle said from the very beginning rubbed the trained Philosopher in me the wrong way: Stop Thinking. That’s like blasphemy for someone who deals in definition, analysis and understanding. Or so I initially reacted.

Tolle makes a deeply subtle distinction between thinking and awareness that helps to illuminate the nature of reflective, or recursive, consciousness. Simple on its surface, the fact that human consciousness is multileveled and that the levels are free to act independently or interact together has been the bedrock of philosophical observation since the Ancients. Plato and Aristotle used the metaphor of the tripartite soul. The Medievals related to God as the ordering principle. Descartes made a crucial, revealing and powerful error in taking as his bedrock “Cogito ergo sum” often translated “I think, therefore I am.”

Tolle directs us behind thinking, defined as unbridled naming or language using. Who is it who thinks, and thus knows “is”? (Yes, Billie, it does depend on what the definition of “is” is.) Tolle’s work is no polemic against analysis or language, but a careful understanding of its relevance, which has for so long been taken to be universal. Language depends on distinctions, on duality. The very structure of sentence making depends on the subject object distinction and is remarkably useful. We are often seduced by this usefulness, however, into mistaking description for experience. Tolle’s call is one to experience, to silence punctuating our endless naming which breaks the present apart into past, present, future, memory and expectation, subject and object.

Take breathing breaks to interupt the stream of unconsciousness and bring awareness to thinking mind. Do you know where your mind is and what it’s up to? Check in, surprise yourself.

Where are you?!?

Hello, Friends! Lovely, smart, inquisitive yogi friends!

 I’m reading. I have been reading. I have a yoga book to review. There’s a book on the food industry I want to review. I’m reading a friend’s manuscript. I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love, which I know you all have read before me, but if you haven’t, oh please pick it up! It’ll make you want to write, to cry, to eat, to hold, to drink wine and laugh and cry some more. Whatever you do that is you, where the you of you disappears and the activity just glistens in the moment – it’ll make you want to do that.

I’m reading, I’m practicing, I’m being. I’m adjusting to a new schedule (I love it). I’m cogitating. I’m incubating. I’m detoxifying, releasing and opening. It’s January and I’m hibernating.

Where are you? What directions has your practice taken you this new year? Did you resolve (which means to unify, simplify, come to essence)? Are you resolute? Are you doing your own duty, your own dharma, and no one else’s?  Are you doing the one thing that represents the state of affairs of you right now? Are you enacting your truth?

Let’s all get about just that. Right now. This moment.

Memed again!

When I started blogging, I wondered what this meme thing was… I mean, a meme is a theme, etymologically related to memory… don’t all essays have themes and rely on memory? And then came Moonymaid  and I no longer wonder! 

It turns out memes can be pretty random and not essentially theme related lists of questions. Of course the human mind can retrospectively find thematic connection in most any collection of objects or responses, thus art.

So here’s my raw material.

The 18 Things Meme

1. What were you afraid of as a child?

Dying and disappointing .

2. When have you been most courageous? Hmmm. There is a line between courage and foolhardiness. I think truth telling – or truth living – is the most courageous human act. This was particularly hard for me when I was coming to terms with childhood horrors. Probably this more than anything else has shaped what I take courage to be.

3. What sound most disturbs you? Dogs barking while I’m trying to sleep. They don’t get out often, but I worry sick when they do, so every time I hear barking I’m sure it’s happened again and have to check…

4. What is the greatest amount of physical pain you’ve been in? It was probably when my appendix had been burst for two weeks my first semester of college when I was 18. But that was more than 20 years ago and the brain has lovely amnesiac properties when storing memories of pain, so I’m not sure.

On the principle that current pain always overshadows past, my upper thigh and butt really hurt right now. Suffice it to say I’ve found nothing helpful on google regarding “how to slow down while rollerblading downhill”. I have however found this video of someone who didn’t need to slow down – wow.

5. What’s your biggest fear for your children? That their childhood horrors would parallel mine. I hope theirs are things like darkness, non-specific boogeymen and latenight horror flicks.

6. What is the hardest physical challenge you’ve achieved?  Weightlifting. I could once bench 185 pounds and leg press 450. 

7. Which do you prefer: Mountains or oceans/big water? To live by? Mountains. But I could do without neither.

8. What is the one thing you do for yourself that helps you keep everything together? Why, yoga, of course!

9. Ever had a close relative or friend with cancer? Yes. I still miss her.

10. What are the things your friends count on you for? Hmmm… unexpected responses.

11. What is the best part of being in a committed relationship?  My husband.

12. What is the hardest part of being in a committed relationship? Me.

13. Winter  or Summer ? Why? Both. Like mountains and oceans, could do without neither. Like the extremes, like the activities of both. 

14. Have you ever been in a school-yard fight? Why and what happened?  Once. Some large, oafish boy made fun of my brothers for being twins, which didn’t make any senes to me because I thought it was cool but seemed to really bum them out. I’m not sure we were left to really much of a fight, but point made.

15. Why blog? Ahhh, the million word question. Writing helps make sense of things. Writing so that others can respond, while possessing overtones (or are they under~?) of voyeurism, also helps cement feelings of connectedness and humanity. There’s an accountability. The question is almost like, why have a conversation, or why have friends. Because our shared struggles, joys, meanings help us define what it is to be human.

16. Did you learn about sex, and/or sex safety from your parents? Yes. I had a four volume set of books which explained the anatomy in great detail (yes, I was born and bred a geek.) Catholic school had its share of influence (though I was never gullible enough to believe that sperm could survive in a swimming pool, thank you Sister Schriner.) 

17. How do you plan to talk to your kids about sex and/or sex safety? Kindly. When they bring it up.

18. What are you most thankful for this year? Most, that’s big. I’m Most Thankful for Uneventful holidays.

Writing Challenge: Emotional Vocabulary

Look here for the challenge, which is essentially to spend five minutes, no holds barred, listing every emotion nameable, imaginable, haveable by you, right now. GO!

grumpy, sad, happy, facile, uninterested, blasee, intrigued, sparked, amused, intrigued, antisocial, unhappy, offended, embracing, joyful, mad, on fire, angry, furious, sorry, apologetic, down-in-the-dumps, charged up, jazzed, excited, miffed, indifferent, outraged, playful, flirtatious, coy, unsure,investigative, foot-stamping-mad, foot-stamping-happy, full of hugs, smiling from ear to ear, ready to let loose, on the edge, peaceful, still, calm, open, ready, grateful, forgiving, steady.

There’s my five minute list. how bout yours?