Flicka is roughly 1100 pounds and so much bigger than my 5'4' 130 pound and female human body. Saturday it was a good five hours helping this young one, a 6 year old free range Appaloosa mare. Her legs shook like that of the first stances of a just birthed foal and at times she had trouble keeping her head off the ground, she was obviously racked with pain. Again and again she attempted to stand and walk but the agonizing physical torture of colic kept knocking her down. It took hours and many methods for her to begin to feel better within herself.
My personal journey with horses...
"We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self."
HIPPIE ICON, FLOWER GEEZER, POET, ACTIVIST, CLOWN,
AND TEMPLE OF
Sri Gravy is one of my spiritual teachers. Back in the 90's I spent a wonderful week with him and maybe 100 others at his Adult Clown Camp in Northern California-
It was one of the most fun and hilarious weeks of my life. We learnt to clown around, walk on stilts, sing, act, dance, be silly, and not take life so seriously and so much more. We lived in teepees, slept in late, stayed up late and played the rest of the day. We were destined to live up to his motto that
'it's never too late to have a happy childhood'
Wavy is one of the coolest dudes I've ever met.
Clown, Humanitarian, Author who is always there for the fun, with a deep spiritual lesson.
Our Mr. Gravy even ran for President of the U.S. in 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988 campaigning as
'Nobody for President'
Right on Wavy
Driving north on US 41 from College Parkway, the other day, looking up to the left, eyes happily bulging, surprised and full of elation seeing this billboard sign. I wanted to turn the car around and take a picture of it.
Though time and commitment had me moving on my way to whatever was next on my agenda, my smile was huge, my heart was dancing and a big Yay Fort Myers was in my mind.
Here's the link if you'd like to know more.
Peace be with you and also within you,
As Ms. Ono boldly shares,
"Peace is Power"
Lao Tzu said,
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
Ah, as much as I desire to embrace Mystikal Judaism, by studying and learning of Kabbalah, I realized I jumped into the deep and way too fast. Years of study seem required to begin to understand these awesome ancient teachings. It is a wonder-joy that these once secret teachings are available to all. I will not dishonor them in my lack of knowledge of the enormity and depth of them. I think this is what is known by conjecture. Well anyway, it's the word that comes to heart about the task I set upon of sharing a daily Kabbalahistic quote. I'm not too proud to go to shallow waters, I could drown in an ego that's swimming many leagues under the sea of my current understandings.
So beautifully simple and to the point, (as Krishna was to Arjuna) is todays message from Taoism.
I look forward to seeing what the morrow brings, I hope you will too:)
"Laozi, also rendered as Lao Tzu and Lao-Tze, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
Born: 601 BC, in Chu"
"Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power."
My musing about the power of wind brings me to look at how we are captives of the breath. Subject to the power of the wind that we create, that created us.
According to my understanding of this passage Wind Power created everything, originating from the Breath of God. We are subject to breath, we cannot harness it more than deep or shallow inhalations and exhalations. An average human can only hold their breath comfortably for about 30 seconds. In certain circumstances it can be held it for up to two maybe three minutes. The Guinness World Record is at 19 to 22 minutes, but that's an incredible feat! Especially since on average at about 5 minutes without oxygen, humans become brain damaged or brain dead. Other bodily functions also begin to break down from this oxygen debt. So let's say humans on average have 3 minutes of control over personal Wind Power.
Wind Power in nature is staggering, nothing can harness the wind of cyclone, tornado, or hurricane. So it seems wind has its power over and within Humanity.
Yogis believe that our Wind Power is our vital life-force energy-
And that it is harnessed through the practice of Pranayama.(which is probably how the Guinness records are achieved-it ain't from drinking Guinness :)
Prana is of the east west north and south. Prana created life and without its existence there is no existence.
Prana-vital life force energy!
This is our personal Wind Power, harness it.
Pranayama is key.
I began this blog mostly to extend a Gita study group of a dozen people to a wider audience. But it's also, for exposure and promotion of the things I do to help create a more peaceful loving joyful existence for the planet. I think that's what a yoga teacher is meant to do, not mix it with mimosas, paddleboards, goats, selling mattresses or whatever else to make it popular. But I get it, we all have to do something to keep a roof over our head but I'm not here to exploit yoga.
Few years ago I was on that trend, yoga became a business endeavor for myself and the business that I was with. I was combining yoga with chocolate, it was a tastey addition to yoga and it did get some more butts in the seat but I'm not about that anymore. Teaching classical yoga is how I learnt Yoga back in 81, and that Cacao diversion taught me to allow Yoga to just be Yoga. Yoga works by itself, it has for over 6000 years. For any of us, it's just a matter of doing it, whether in a class or not. It's a matter of living it whether one does the Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Jnana, Bhakti, Japa, Kriya, etc or not.
So about a year-and-a-half to two years ago I started sharing my Jnana yoga practice-my daily Gita study with a friend. It soon grew to a dozen of us and it could have been more but each time I sent the text message to more than 12 my phone would delete something or someone from the group😳 so I kept it at a dozen (I hear it's good number-disciples, eggs, etc and 1+2=3- whatever that means in numerology.) Then there were those times when the phone wouldn't send the message at all or send it to some and not others, it became a love-joy relationship for me to share daily Gita verses.
So transparency, here I am now sharing my thoughts and feelings as well as the Ancient Jewish teachings of the Kabbalah (though it is of another spiritual tradition it is still Jnana Yoga). And I think, 'I have an invisible audience. No one is commenting.' It feels as if I'm broadcasting a radio show not knowing who it's reaching. Ah, but because of the station's ratings, knowing without a doubt that someones' are out there listening. Or in this case knowing someones' are out there reading, thinking, appreciating, liking or disliking. I know this because my website tells me of the amount of people that view my blog daily.
Funny thing to start and have a Blog. I call it my blob😆
Truly, I love to write, I love to express and share my thoughts and feelings in written form, I'm a journaling addict. But truly, I started this blog to extend some spiritual teachings. Daily for over that last year and a half or so we actually started and finished the Bhagavad Gita. It was a 3 volume Gita (with superb commentary) by Eknath Easwaran. It was a lovely, fantastic mind expanding journey. Mentally watching Krishna and Arjuna dialog in the middle of a battlefield was the ultimate the battle of watching the windmills of the mind, often my heart beat faster from the depth of the innocence of those passages.
Thank you Arjuna for your transparency!
Now here I am also transparent. I'm kinda feeling like the title of Erykah Badu's song 'Annie Don't Wear No Panties'. It is a conscious, carefree outing of oneself to share a blog. But you know at this point of my life I'm good with that and maybe my silent audience will begin to comment become visible, dare to be transparent, and maybe not.
It's all good👍
Happy Rainy Saturday,
I know you're there.