Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Joy: That Which Feeds You

This week - in both Kid's and Adult Yoga classes - we focused on "joy". That which touches you somewhere deep inside and vibrates out to the universe. Most people think of joy as beyond happiness, which is more associated with a material goods and desires fulfilled.  Joy reaches down into the bellows of our being, intertwining our souls in the great fabric of life.

In today's Yoga Journal Online, I noticed the question "What Feeds You?" Most answers were simple pleasures that brings us back, squarely into the present moment. What joy in not worrying about the future or obsessing about the past!

So today, the first day of the last (and busiest month), take a breath and call to mind that which feed you. Practice with your heart, open your chest. Perhaps rest in fish pose, camel or wheel. Bring the heart forward and lay vulnerable to the universe. Let go of what doesn't serve you and you'll surely remove the barriers to experiencing and sharing in true, unabashed, JOY!

What happens when your soul
Begins to awaken Your eyes and your heart
And the cells of your body To the great Journey of Love?

First there is wonderful laughter
And probably precious tears
And a hundred sweet promises
And those heroic vows no one can ever keep.

But still God is delighted and amused
You once tried to be a saint.

What happens when your soul
Begins to awaken
To our deep need to love
And serve the Friend?

O the Beloved will send you
One of His wonderful, wild companions -
Like Hafiz.

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