Join Lauren Monday evenings for inspiring stories and a gentle yoga practice. Each class will begin with a 5-10 minute reading of an inspirational story from spiritual roots. Then flow through a gentle series of postures that weave in the story’s message. Each posture is meant to release tension in the body and ease the mind into a place of clarity and calm. Leave feeling inspired, uplifted, and relaxed.
One word for kindheartedness or compassion in the Pali language is anukampa, which means being moved in response to others, having a tender mind or an open heart. Developing a deepening kindheartedness or tenderness doesn’t mean that we consign someone else to a fixed role as “the unfortunate one,” as though to say we are perfectly fine and always will be, while they, cast down as they are, have nothing at all they can give to us at this point in time, and never will. There is often a strong mutuality in acts of kindness, so that many hospice aides, literacy tutors, volunteers working to provide meals to ill people with AIDS, and others engaged in helping of all kinds have told me unequivocally that through those actions they invariably get much more than they give.When we forget the complexity of a life, we also forget to look at what is whole in a person—what is intact and vital and generative. With the force of kindness, we can look at someone else and see those things as well as his or her pain. This helps us look at ourselves and see those same things within, alongside seeing our own pain. Then compassion and kindness connect us to a bigger picture of life where we can see pain but also love, loss but also movement, sorrow but also togetherness.- Sharon Salzbur ... See MoreSee Less
The element of Summer is fire.At the Summer Solstice the sun is at its height. Its powerful fire will nourish and grow the plants in our gardens over the upcoming weeks and months. Fall’s harvests won’t come without the sun. In summer we are reminded our sun is sacred.Just like Earth’s powerful sun, we each have our own inner fire. The fire that nourishes our hopes and our dreams.Your Inner Fire is that fierce, powerful part of your Self that does the hard work of bringing your dreams to life. In the same way that crops would cease to grow without the Earth’s sun, your life would shrivel without your Inner Fire.The summer’s sun is a reminder to celebrate your Inner Fire. Acknowledge that part of your Self. The fierce, powerful, badass part of your Self that resides within you. Take some time to recognize this and acknowledge the important things your Inner Fire does for you. Have gratitude for that part of your Self.- Reciprocity Project @reciprocityproj I hope you are taking care of yourself. Taking time to pause, process and think in a mindful way. Deciding what action to take, to help protect rights for every person. We are a collective, being part of a whole, which means no part is too small or insignificant to not be supported and protected. Being whole is being strong, becoming increasingly mindful of the ways in which events effect many - particularly the under-represented.Much Love, Happy Pride! May we feel our own and collective FIRE held in the container of peace.Saturday >>9am Deep Gentle with Chris10:30a Yang Yin with Lauren ... See MoreSee Less