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Consider the Environment that Holds Your Spirit (mostly the music and links) April 2, 2022

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“Ramadān Mubarak, Blessed Ramadān!” to anyone who was observing the holy month of Ramadān. Many blessings to all, and especially to those observing Lent or Great Lent!

“And if I take an animal body, only the animal desires will come up, and the good desires will wait. What does this show? That by means of environment we can check these desires. Only that Karma which is suited to and fitted for the environments will come out. This shows that the power of environment is the great check to control even Karma itself.

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– quoted from the commentary on Yoga Sūtra 4.8 from Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

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“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.”

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– quoted from the children’s story The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen (b. 04/02/1805)

Please join me for a 90-minute virtual yoga practice on Zoom today (Saturday, April 2nd) at 12:00 PM. Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below or by emailing myra (at) ajoyfulpractice.com.

Saturday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify. [Look for “11142021 A Day for Children”]

Here’s a little excerpt from my 2019 post on this date: “Pretty much everything Kęstutis Kasparavičius wrote about books, in his 2019 International Children’s Book Day message, can be stated about yoga. There’s something that happens when you get on the mat, when you tap into the breath – even when you move with the breath. Like reading, practicing yoga is accepting an invitation to explore.” Click here for to read the rest of the post and to practice the featured pose. 

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.)

“’No? then I don’t understand you. You may have thousands of my days, but I have thousands of moments in which I can be merry and happy. Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?’

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‘No,’ replied the tree; ‘it will certainly last much longer, infinitely longer than I can think of.’

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‘Well, then,’ said the little fly, ‘we have the same time to live, only we reckon differently.’ And the little creature danced and floated in the air, rejoicing in its delicate wings of gauze and velvet, rejoicing in the balmy breezes laden with the fragrance from the clover fields and wild roses, elder blossoms and honeysuckle, and from the garden hedges of wild thyme, primroses, and mint.” 

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– quoted from the children’s story The Last Dream of the Old Oak by Hans Christian Andersen (b. 04/02/1805)

 

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