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A Little “something, something” for the Holi-daze December 22, 2020

Posted by ajoyfulpractice in Changing Perspectives, Healing Stories, Health, Life, Peace, Philosophy, Poetry, Robert Frost, Wisdom, Writing, Yoga.
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[“Peace and good will!” to all. “Happy Holidays!” to all who are celebrating something.]


“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   

But I have promises to keep,   

And miles to go before I sleep,   

And miles to go before I sleep.”


– quoted from the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

In our own ways, we are all acutely aware that this year is different. We have had to adjust almost every ritual, every tradition, every practice, and every habit. For some, that means that there may be less hustle and bustle for some. Take a moment, however, to acknowledge that for some (essential workers) this time of year is just as busy and that for others – essential workers like parents and/or people in health care – this year is even busier and more chaotic than normal. Maybe pause, consider those people; give thanks for their efforts and also offer them a compassionate moment of peace and ease.

Now, consider that even if your circumstances are not as frantic as usual, this time of year can still be stressful, exhausting, and draining. You can still feel a little holi-daze, which means this is a good time to put your legs up, relax, release, and rest. We will do a wee bit more than that during today’s practice; however, today’s focus is on letting go and settling into the moment – even if it is just for a moment. As I mentioned to some folks yesterday, there is great power in letting go (i.e., surrendering) and being still in the silence. We really face and recognize that power when we are struggling to still the body and quiet the mind because…. (insert whatever you think/feel must be done RIGHT, RIGHT NOW).

Please join me today (Tuesday, December 22nd) at 12 Noon or 7:15 PM for a virtual yoga practice on Zoom. (There will be “snow”angels!) Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. Give yourself extra time to log in if you have not upgraded to Zoom 5.0. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below.

Tuesday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify.

In the spirit of generosity (“dana”), the Zoom classes, recordings, and blog posts are freely given and freely received. If you are able to support these teachings, please do so as your heart moves you. (NOTE: You can donate even if you are “attending” a practice that is not designated as a “Common Ground Meditation Center” practice, or you can purchase class(es). Donations are tax deductible; class purchases are not necessarily deductible.)

CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR! The First Friday Night Special in 2021 is on January 1st. You can kick off New Year’s Day 2 ways: with the very active practice of 108 Sun Salutations at 10:00 AM or with the very “chill” practice of a Yin+Meditation practice beginning at 5:00 PM. All times are Central Standard. Details are posted on the class schedules calendar.





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