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Poem Response to Rumi

What will our children do in the morning? Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play their arms wide open and outstretched perfectly enough like wings so they may take flight? Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered enough strength from planets to teach us to care for Mother Earth and her …

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Thank you!!!

Dear Friend, I write to you today to say thank you for your ongoing support and presence in our mindfulness and yoga community. I continue to learn, grow, and be inspired each time I see you on the yoga mat. Words are never as good as the warmth of an in-person smile or hug, but …

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Re-interpret of Hafiz poem from classes 8/22/14

My Eyes So Soft Do notSurrenderYour saddness so quickly. Rather Let it move in and cut more Deeply.Let it ferment and season youAs very few human Or even divine ingredients can.Something is oh so astray and missing in my heart tonight This bearing witness This seeing Has made my eyes all so soft, My lonesome voice all so Tender,My …

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Tread This Path Lightly: Reflections and research on self-compassion as a healing practice

Do you sometimes get down on yourself for not being perfect? Do you notice yourself being unkind to yourself when you make mistakes? Or maybe you get caught up in frustration when something does not turn out as you had hoped? Can you be self-critical or overly demanding of yourself? Or maybe you are struggling …

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Winter Mindfulness Intensive: Cultivating Mindful Relationships

As my practice and teaching of mindfulness and yoga evolves, I have become more passionate about joining these practices to my training in clinical psychology to promote health through the direct application of spiritual techniques toward creating a more loving and compassionate society. I have therefore chosen January-March as a time to focus on mindfulness …

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Earth Healing

i wrote this as a closing meditation for the Spook Asana class at Lululemon last week. It is based on a poem by Rumi that I gave a personal touch to. Trust your wound will be healed in the green soft arms of the ancient, Mother Earth Let the embrace and the cool coating of …

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Fall Reflections: Halloween Myths and Symbols

Ever since I was a child, I found this time of year to be filled with excitement and mystery matched by a deep sense of transformation. Mother Nature casts her colorful magic and makes clear the shift of seasons. She tones down the temperature; she digests the fallen leaves, and she opens her heart and …

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Reflections on Inner-Peace

Reflections on Inner-Peace John P. Rettger, PhD, ERYT-200 Blue Elephant Yoga & Mindfulness Center Palo Alto, CA The Dalai Lama teaches that “the most important factor in maintaining peace within oneself in the face of any difficulty is one’s mental attitude, if it is distorted by such feelings as anger, attachment, or jealousy, then even …

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