Monday, March 8, 2010

to be a child again...

Aahhh... yesterday (Sunday) was a beautiful winter-to-spring day in Northern Ohio. The temperature was in the high 30's in the morning (great considering what we've had the past few months), and the sun was shining. Sun-worshipper that I am, I was bordering on giddy to be outside.

We headed out to a park for a 5-mile walk.


Loved the big, open space.

Glad to see that the walking paths were cleared of snow very well.

Saw some interesting shadows...


It's always nice to see some green amidst all the snow.

After a good 45 minutes or so of power-walking, 
the inner child came out...


How often do we get to make snowballs as adults?


So there was some snowball-throwing...

...some cartwheeling...

...and some yoga.


"The Dancer"/Natarajasana: one of my favorite yoga poses.

"We must listen to the child that we once were, and who still lives within us. This child understands about magic instants. We can muffle his sobbing, but we can’t hush his voice.

If we aren’t reborn, if we don’t see life again with the innocence and enthusiasm of childhood, then there is no more sense to living.

Let’s allow the child within us to take the reins of our existence a little. This child says that one day is different from another."

- Paulo Coelho, The Magic Instant

Thank you, A., for the fun action shots, for the wonderful walk, and for the many perfect moments that have been and are yet to come.

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1 comment:

rajans said...

"ayurveda" is a Sanskrit word that

means "to join." Yoga, then, is union and the way to union. What do we join through yoga?First,

we join our awareness to our own essential being: spirit that is consciousness.In yoga philosophy

this is known as the atman or self. Next we join our finiteconsciousness to the Infinite

Consciousness: God, the Supreme Self (Paramatman).In essence they are eternally one, and

according to yogic philosophy all spirits originally dwelt in consciousness of that oneness. But

in the descent into the material world for the purpose of evolving and extending its scope of

consciousness, the individual spirit has lost its awareness of that eternal union, and therefore

los the capacity to live in and manifest the union on a practical level.Through yoga the lost

consciousness can be regained and actualized in the individual's practical life sphere. So

profound and so necessary is yoga to the evolving consciousness, there is no more important

subject in the world.Regarding this, a yogi-adept of the twentieth century, Dr. I. K. Taimni,

remarked in his book The Science of Yoga: "According to the yogic philosophy it is possible to

rise completely above the illusions and miseries of life and to gain infinite knowledge, bliss,

and power through enlightenment here and now while we are still living in the physical body. And

if we do not attain this enlightenment while we are still alive we will have to come back again

and again into this world until we have accomplished this appointed task. So it is not a question

of choosing the path of yoga or rejecting it. It is a question of choosing it now or in some

future life. It is a question of gaining enlightenment as soon as possible and avoiding the

suffering in the future or postponing the effort and going through further suffering which is

unnecessary and avoidable. This is the meaning of Yoga Sutra 2:16: 'The misery which is not yet

come can and is to be avoided.' No vague promise of an uncertain postmortem happiness this, but a

definite scientific assertion of a fact verified by the experience of innumerable yogis, saints,

and sages who have trodden the path of yoga throughout the ages."

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