February 2017 NewsNote

February 2017 NewsNote

Winter greetings!

The light is returning. When I write next month, we will be Springing forward, but for now, let’s appreciate winter’s invitation to turn inward, and as David Whyte suggests, to “let this winter of listening be enough.” When my head spins and my fears multiply, I breathe and do yoga to clear some space for listening, within and to others. I try to listen with openness and compassion which can be challenging because fear wants me to shut down and protect myself. That’s why this is called a practice.  Please linger with this magnificent poem which follows my brief NewsNote.

I will miss sharing the Lifeforce Yoga® and yoga nidra practice in February due to being away, but look forward to seeing you at Temenos for our March 20th class.

I will be teaching an intermediate yoga class on Friday, February 10th, 5:30-6:45 at the Spirit of Yoga in West Chester. $15 drop in. No other class offerings this month.

April Preview:  Have you ever wanted to experience a weekend program at an ashram? I will be assisting Amy Weintraub who will be teaching LifeForce Yoga® to manage moods April 9-11th at the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA. For more information you can call me at 610-873-0815 or visit https://www.yogaville.org/programs/3756/lifeforce-yoga-to-manage-your-mood/

 

The Winter of Listening

No one but me by the fire,
my hands burning
red in the palms while
the night wind carries
everything away outside.

All this petty worry
while the great cloak
of the sky grows dark
and intense
round every living thing.

What is precious
inside us does not
care to be known
by the mind
in ways that diminish
its presence.

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire,
what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.

What we hate
in ourselves
is what we cannot know
in ourselves but
what is true to the pattern
does not need
to be explained.

Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.

Even with the summer
so far off
I feel it grown in me
now and ready
to arrive in the world.

All those years
listening to those
who had
nothing to say.

All those years
forgetting
how everything
has its own voice
to make
itself heard.

All those years
forgetting
how easily
you can belong
to everything
simply by listening.

And the slow
difficulty
of remembering
how everything
is born from
an opposite
and miraculous
otherness.

Silence and winter
has led me to that
otherness.

So let this winter
of listening
be enough
for the new life
I must call my own.

~  David Whyte  ~
(The House of Belonging)

Oh, how I love David Whyte’s poetry! It is not an exaggeration to say it takes my breath away, quickens my heart beat. How he dives deep to surface with wisdom and beauty that touches my soul. Shining light on truths… that thinking mind “diminishes what is precious inside us,” that “what disturbs and then nourishes has everything we need”….that “inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.”

May ‘this winter of listening be enough’ for each of us.

Namaste,
Sherry