Category: Insights

Inspiration: Endings and Beginnings

“Caught up in life, I’ve discovered that endings, done properly, are excellent beginnings.” – Rolf Gates It seems fitting, on the eve of the U.S. federal election, to reflect on the swing of things.

Nov 3, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Rumination

“Don’t ruminate on your life. Illuminate your life.” I think I made this quote up, but I’m not really sure. Either way, I love it.

Oct 28, 2008 · Read More · Comment (1)

Inspiration: Feed the Dog

I recently ran across a story about a Native American tribal leader describing his own inner struggles. He said, “There are two dogs inside me. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.” Someone asked him which dog usually wins,…

Oct 9, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Frustration

Why Not Getting it Right the First Time is a Good ThingWe tried it once: no such luck. Again: nadda. One more time: nothing doing. And they said, “Ah, just let it go. It’s no big deal. Why bother?” But we were frustrated. Pissed off. Annoyed. We wanted to get it done and get it…

Oct 2, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Obstacles

For today, a quotation from US Airborne Ranger-turned-yogi Rolf Gates’s book Meditations from the Mat: “The obstacles in the path are the path.” I can struggle with this one, rankling under what I might first interpret as an injustice, some unexpected delay in my happy planning. But if I remember this quote I begin to…

Aug 20, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Paris

Ah, Paris. The city of not just love, but of style, intellectuals, women who don’t get fat, men who wear scarves with aplomb, beautiful baguettes (the edible and wearable kinds), and, of course, joie de vivre. Pretty much everyone wants to go to Paris. New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik did, and stayed there for years,…

Aug 6, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Stop Stuggling

Yogi Mark Whitwell makes some radical statements. I’m treking through his book, Yoga of Heart, and agreeing and disagreeing along the way. One statement stands out as true to my soul:Stop stuggling. Stop suffering. Yesterday was Sunday; not just any Sunday, but a sunny, hot, long weekend Sunday. I soooo wanted to be free to…

Jun 30, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Inspiration: Just Be

Rolf Gates’ book Meditations from the Mat has a quote by Stephen R. Covey. It includes this: “The next time you communicate with anyone, you can put aside your own autobiography and genuinely seek to understand.” I was thinking about how many amazing, wonderful people I’ve connected with since I began practicing yoga, people whom…

Jun 27, 2008 · Read More · Comment
1 19 20 21