What Part of You is Free?

“He who argues for his limitations gets to keep them.” ~ Richard Bach

Wow! To be “committed to stuck-ness”
Such a powerful statement about an equally powerful position to be caught in:
gripped by pain, fear, anger, self-doubt, feelings of helplessness and defeat.

Constantly hearing the voice of the inner critic calling out our flaws and weaknesses. We wince and turn away. Our vision now obstructed, dimmed.

To reframe this question (to refresh our perspective and broaden the view) is to unravel what has us so tightly bound.

This is a timely contemplation for our practice of awakening the voice of self-compassion and love. This voice speaks in gentle and reassuring tones with discernment and wisdom.
We open our eyes to witness the illusions dissolve, remembering that what makes us whole and free is not always visible to the unskilled eye.

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Yogic concept + practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana

Linda Stone

This post was written several years ago.  I’m feeling great these days and ready to post some of the things written in darker moments…

From January 2010

I’m lying in bed and the right side of my body is frozen.  I’m right-handed.  I want to get up and the thought alone isn’t getting me there.  I remember something my doctor said, “When you wake up, pay attention to what is working.  Put all your attention on that.” 

I scan my body.   My left arm is great.   Okay, left arm, show me what you can do.  I reach to grab one of the headboard spindles, and use my left arm to roll over and hoist myself up.  My left leg is working pretty well, too.  I lean against the wall and drag myself into the bathroom.  Home run.  I may be right-handed, but my left arm rules.

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on mindful consumption: magic of deep listening + skillful speech

essential food

nothing can survive without food.

everything we consume acts to either heal us or to poison us.

we tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our bodies is also food. the conversations going on around us, and those we participate in, are also food.

are we consuming and creating the kind of food that is healthy for us and helps us grow?

when we say something that nourishes us and uplifts the people around us, we are feeding love and compassion.

when we speak and act in a way that causes tension and anger, we are nourishing violence and suffering.

…nourishing and healing communication is the food of our relationships.

~ Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating

heart, sweetened with intention

toward which direction is your heart stretching?
know that this organic force, opening and guiding your heart, is the seed of intention

what are you breathing life into?
know fully that the breath is the fuel growing into aspirations.

heart-sweetened-with-intention connect with and align your thoughts, words and deeds with the seeds of intention blossoming in your heart.

nourish and energize your hopes and visions with the compassionate wisdom of breath.

each inhale grants space for each blossom to stretch out and unfold.

each exhale invites those roots to merge with every fiber of your being.

with such loving awareness, tend to your heart.

bathe it in the sweet, steady flow of breath.

as the petals of intention bloom, they will stretch open your hands, heart and mind.

every breath, thought, word and deed becomes a flower,
saturated with the fragrance of clear intention.

your aspirations — a beautiful thousand-petaled lotus.

new year, new name, new site

dharma yoga arts

will now be known as

3 Jewels Yoga

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I offer my deepest gratitude to all who have supported +
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