“Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?"
I saw the first crocus of the season recently: a startling purple clump arising out of the over-wintered brown leaves. The shock of the color woke me up and in that moment I took a deep breath and looked around to find dozens of green shoots coming up around my front yard. I drank in the earthy smell of the moist earth and leaves, felt the warmth of the nearly spring sun on my face and remembered that there can be joyful moments even in the midst of the pain of physical challenge and loss or memories of a harsh winter.
So, these purple symbols of new life arisen amongst the dead and decaying leaves bring a moment of delight and a reminder of what has been developing and simply waiting under the surface until the right action arises of itself.
A simple, mindful breath can wake us up to the moments of our lives, give us the pause needed to remember and experience our life in its fullness. It does not mean we do not feel the pain in our lives – yet it does allow for moment-to-moment experience, the actual truth of each moment when we are mindful of its gift.
“Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation."
Perhaps you will find some quiet moments to reflect and find that “something” – supported by the experiences we offer at PCYH. In addition to a full roster of yoga classes and special programs with our teachers (like Restorative Swing Yoga), we host nationally acclaimed yoga educators; this year: Larry Payne, offer Yoga Alliance recognized yoga teacher trainings – Jeff Migdow, Little Flower; by popular request, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction returns. Join us for some fun with drum circles, dance, and other ways to create delight, presence, and promote ease-of-being.
I invite you to take notice of something beautiful today – a small invitation to wake up from your winter hibernation. It could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting from someone’s kitchen, the sound of the wind rustling the leaves in the trees or wind chimes, the way the light appears at dusk, or the smile of someone behind a cash register. Please look for these things, and be mindful of how your experience of the moment can change. There’s no time like NOW.
Give yourself a retreat day and/or take the time to support yourself with life affirming tools you will take with you from this season’s special offerings. Please do browse our current brochure and website and see what ‘calls’ to you. Or just stop by and sit a spell for some tea and conversation.
This spring (our third at our beautiful new scenic home), with the serene stillness, new spring blossoms, melodic wind chimes, peaceful pond, and welcoming Buddha statue, we invite you to renew and nourish yourself at the little oasis that is Princeton Yoga.
Allow us at Princeton Yoga to provide you with a quiet haven where you allow self and Self to deepen and dwell, “right now”. Be amazed at the inner wisdom which emerges when you give yourself just a few moments of stillness. And from that intuitive silence, feel the excitement of your inner wellspring emerge with the early heralds of spring…
In peace, health and harbingers of wonderful things to come,
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