Knowledge is knowledge only when it takes a shape,
when it can be put into words, or reduced to a principle
— and it’s now up to you to go to work on your own gold mine, to refine the crude ore.
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I love this quote. It's from another great list from an article in Brain Pickings called: "14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936." It reminds me of how we have to make what we know physical in order for it to be understood, seen and experienced. Within the shape, form, letter, picture, pose we get to play and refine autonomously until we get to where we want to be and then we start again. Link to the article here:
I bought this little book about 2 years ago at a summer pop up sale in Stevens Square. I had to have it, the materials it's made of and it's construction were so interesting and pretty.
I wasn't sure what to do with it. It's too fragile to throw in my everyday bag and carry around with me. It needed to be a project. So I decided to take my love of text and shiny hardware store letters and make it a book about The Gita. But keep it simple (if that's possible). The idea is to distill each of the 18 chapters down in to a few simple words. The words sum up each chapter and tell a story as a whole as you move through the book simply and visually.
A perfect project for yet another wintery day in April. Thanks to Albert Camus for the quote.
• "There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the heaven, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart."-Chandogya Upanishad
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From a great article written by James Clear called Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression. He talks a lot about how proving to ourselves we can do something physically creates more capacity in our lives.
I am a lucky girl...I got to spend the day yesterday shopping for spring inside my wholesalers greenhouses. It was such a nice treat for the eyes to see so much green in one place and to feel and smell such lively, earthy air. I love how this process of design begins in fields of 4" containers.
I now have a sunporch full of plant material and am dying to get my hands dirty.
I added this sweet little dish of jelly beans and chocolate bunny after Sarah used them as a part of her poetry reading. It's a perfect addition for a Spring-time puja... and a much needed reminder that it is in fact Spring.
We work with these different shapes when we practice. I often like to think of them individually as letters. They each have a unique pronunciation and visual identity which I love. As we learn they move together into words, sentences, paragraphs, and eventually stories.
I think yoga is the same. Each pose has an identity. As we become more versed our practice becomes more fluid. The details are always there but the practice becomes more alive. And it gets easier to tell our stories.
My friend Linda Wu sent this to me with a little message for my birthday. It was a sweet gift idea. She lives in SF where I've never been and I plan to visit her there this summer. Maybe all the buildings look like this there.
Sarah Fox, John Colburn and I had been talking about having an event based around the release of their new books of poetry, The First Flag and The Invisible Daughter for months.
We talked and picked a date. We decided on last Saturday which was perfect. Easter weekend and right before the day of The Fool (aka April Fool's Day). A perfect day to talk about what we talk about so often in class, our words for the year and creating growth from the work we do in winter as we move toward spring. The seeds, or eggs if you will according to the timing of Easter, we plant begin to grow. We take a leap forward, like the fool, and start something new.
So, the whole night came together very organically. I think in a way that reflects this process of growth. Sarah and John both commented on how their comfort and familiarity with the studio contributed to the event. They came prepared with music, images, flowers, chocolate bunnies and their courageous and beautiful words that just reflected such a powerful appreciation for life.
And I can still feel it. And this is why the studio has changed. In a good way, like the fool leaping forward but only after he does his work, quietly, humbly in the dark and underground.
This is what my message is for me and you and I feel is supported by Yoga Garden as it grows and comes together. A safe, supported, community space that encourages growth through autonomy.
This will be the first of a series of YOGA Garden PRESENTS > > >
Thanks to all who made it, see the rest of you next time around.