November 2015 Quotes
A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
— American Poet and Author and Civil Rights Activist
Maya Angelou (4 April 1928-28 May 2014)
“There’s release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there’s nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at least, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance.”
— Southern American Writer
Sue Monk Kidd (b. 12 August 1948)
Happy November Day, All!
I hope you enjoy this month’s quotes. I was trying to find some that spoke to the subject of acceptance — ourselves, others, life as it is as we head, sometimes charge, with our head first, into the holidays. Finding such quotes, I learned, may be more difficult than you may imagine.
In last Thursday afternoon’s Yoga for Every Day class, I mentioned the idea of a Gratitude Practice for November. Please join us for 21 days of writing down every day a gratitude list. It does not have to be long or short. There are no real rules, except 21 days. If you miss a day or do not receive this until tomorrow, start when you are ready. Some days, you might be able to only connect with one or two things that inspire gratitude; other days, the list may run off the page. Perhaps some of you already do this.
This is also something that can be helpful in falling asleep.
For example, some times when I cannot sleep, I think (I do not necessarily get up to write things down) about what I am grateful for, just lying there: my family, my health, a blanket, a pillow, a roof over my head, socks, etc. Oftentimes, I will drift off with such a list. If this is interesting to you, I will be speaking about more such practices at December’s Workshop on Nonviolent Communication and Ideas for Better Sleep (Sunday, December 6th).
Please share any experience with this that you are willing. I may be sharing my lists here and there.
Next Sunday is the annual Yoga for Digestion Workshop.
The Eating and Visiting Season:
Self-Care for Digestion Through the Holidays and Beyond
Sunday, November 8th (Payment Due: Friday, 11/6/15)
$45 (There will be food and eating!)
This is the workshop where we will talk about and practice yoga ideas to do before and after eating as well as talk a bit about food and ways to be mindful when eating. There will be a smorgasbord of foods for us to learn more about and try. Digestion in the holidays is not just about food, but it is also about how to savor and allow room for ourselves and others during all the festivities and visiting that often arrive hand in hand with food during the holidays. Can we stay present with ourselves, our feelings and our needs during the holidays? Or are we already prepared to give up everything for others? Be aware that giving up everything often leaves us empty, depleted, run down and, even, sometimes sick. Remember, we do not have to become sick to say, “No.” Plan now to feel and be well during the holidays and to say “No” when you really mean “No,” “Yes” when you really mean “Yes” and “Maybe” when you are unsure. Happy, Healthy Holidays to all!
Just reply below to sign up by this Friday, November 6th, and I will send you a Confirmation email. This workshop is a little longer and a little more expensive due to the food and eating aspect.
I am grateful for each of you, my teachers, these practices, the opportunity you give me every week to share my love and respect for these practices and life, and our ability to accept ourselves as we are and be transformed just by that every day.
May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to digest, to feel human once more.
Happy Almost Halloween! What are you going to be? When was the last time that you dressed up and played? Even one little silly costume piece can be fun. Try it!
Here are some happenings around A Little Space this weekend:
1. I will be studying once more in town with lovely visiting yoga teacher Mary Paffard. See the attached flyer. There may still be room. Contact Karla on flyers if interested. Mary has influenced much of my “rooting” — pelvic floor, kidneys, feet — in my practice and teaching.
2. Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre has again been rehearsing at the Church for several weeks now. They will open their play and their 2015-2016 season with Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw tomorrow night, Friday, October 30th, in Memorial Hall at the Church. The play will run through November 15th. They are a great local theater company who is always present classic work with much thought and care. I always have left their productions thinking more about the play and its characters. Go!!! Support Local Arts! Tickets are only available for purchase online:
3. First Central is having another big Book Sale, which started yesterday, October 28th, and will run through November 14th. They will also have Christmas decorations for sale. See attached card.
4. Another regular working neighbor of A Little Space is the Master Singers of Omaha. This weekend they are hosting what looks like a fun event:
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From: Mastersinger of Omaha <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There is still time to make your reservations for this Sunday’s Soup, Sip, & Song!
Don’t miss this fall tradition, email your reservation request in today!
5. Next Sunday, November 8th, is A Little Space’s Annual Yoga for Digestion Workshop (inspired by Mary Paffard!), where we practice, talk about eating, actually eat, and practice again. 1-4 p.m. $45. Just email to sign up.
Besides all these wonderful events, Nature has her own gifts. Be sure to step outside, breathe, and admire them. Every day.
May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to feel human once more.
How busy are you? This is one of the busiest weeks that I have had in a really long time. Most of what I am doing I enjoy. It is just a lot in a short amount of time which can often equal STRESS.
I am hearing from some of you that I am not the only one who is busy. It is when we are so busy that we need yoga and tai chi, rest and relaxation, slowing down and meditation the most. Oftentimes, that is absolutely what we do not do. We do not believe we have time. And that thought feeds on itself, and time becomes smaller and smaller. Try dropping into the present moment throughout the day and see what happens. The present is wide and vast, deep and still, and there time is big. Do only one thing at a time when you are actually doing it. A fun practice is to break up what you are trying to do into 10-minute intervals. Notice how much you ARE actually getting done!
Realize you will leave this earth with things undone. Life is not a To-Do List.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 24th, is the last day to sign up for this weekend’s Restorative Yoga classes. See info in posts below. Just leave a reply below. It would be lovely to have you.
Sending You This Moment,