Please read this, on the current yoga scene in the West.
This blog is now INACTIVE!
If you want to read new writing, or see announcements about new classes, go to selflessselfhelp.wordpress.com.
I was very kindly asked to write a guest post for a site called the Merry Runner. You should go there and read it, not just mine, but all of it!
There are new classes coming up!
One begins next week: Taking Up the Challenge
West Newbury Thursdays 4:15-5 (sometimes later)
Another begins in May: Selfless Self Help
Newburyport Tuesdays 7-8pm
And speaking of Selfless Self Help, my new project, have a look at my new blog. All of my current stuff will be happening over there.
I’m going to write a very short one about a thought I had today, or yesterday, I can’t remember.
The idea of a self, which is separate in some way, experiences, relates to world, and others-
The idea of habits as a way we keep from experiencing new, surprising, challenging things-
The idea of some sort of realization or progress on the path-
Here’s my thought- the mesh of habits we use to avoid being spontaneous, being in the world, this seems to create stasis. All of our habits and set ways seem to create stability. This is an illusion in a real sense, because things are always changing. The ground shifts under our feet, continually. No matter how stuck we are in the mud of habit and routine, we’re approaching that big surprise.
[remembered from a note tacked up on the wall at a certain meditation center I used to frequent, a quote from Chogyam Trungpa, at a teaching about the dying process… a student asked something like “How would you talk to someone who is passing away?” VCTR- “Well, you see, you are dying…”]
So being set in our ways is like a film over the eye of present, always changing experience. The self loves being set in its way, it loves habit, loves addiction, even. Working on that, is it about convincing the self, eventually, that things are, really, the way they are? Is it about getting the self to accept the nature of change?
Love to hear your thoughts
New class- Jan. 8th, nine Wednesdays from 4-5pm, “Selfless Self Help”
I’d like to announce a new class starting in January.
It’s called Selfless Self Help, and it’s taking place in West Newbury, Massachusetts. Let me know if you have any questions.
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I’d like to mention two upcoming classes. If you’re in the area, you should go!
One is in Rowley, this Monday. It’s at the Public Library, from 7-8 pm. This class will be the first of four on Mindfulness/Awareness. It’s also a fundraiser for the Library, all donations go to support the Library.
The other is one I’m really excited about. It’s a class called “Selfless Self-Help.” This will be in Amesbury, through Amesbury Adult Education. It will start November 5th and run for seven weeks. The class goes from 6:30 to 7:30 at night. If you’re interested in learning about compassion, or in developing a regular meditation practice, this class is for you. It will also touch on the nature of habits, and a number of shamanic elements.
Feel free to contact me about either. I hope to see some of you there!