When I mention that Brad and I spent the Christmas weekend sitting a Zen retreat, most people say, “Oh, that sounds so nice and relaxing.” And they are right…and not right. The rigors of a Zen retreat include waking up at 5am (without coffee!) and then managing to stay awake and upright during a full day of meditation; not […]
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Last week I attended a sessin at Upaya Zen Center led by Roshi Norman Fischer. Sessin means “a gathering of heart and mind.” That is also a definition of meditation which is what we did from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Much of that time we were on our cushions “just sitting.” But there was also work practice — cleaning toilets, sweeping the pathways, working in the […]
The #selfieatsixty practice project of taking a yoga selfie for 30 days has come and gone. I will write more about it soon. For now, a bow of appreciation — ok, maybe it’s sort of an inside out and upside down kind of bow – but it is still a bow to you from my heart, for sharing this practice with me.
One of the beautiful and gigantic osage orange trees in our backyard fell over a few months ago. I told myself that this is why I did this Pinca Mayurasana against a tree. To keep the trees up. But, truly, I have just been having a hankering to do this for a while and today was the day. At first, I tried to do it against that leaning over tree in the background, but […]
Today I was just bone tired. It was 90 degrees in the shade here and I took a NIA class in a hot gym. I love NIA but this class did not perk me up or refresh me the way that yoga almost always does. So this is the pose that I had to give today. That’s another really good thing about being 60. I am good at respecting myself, my energy level, and […]
My practice space is very minimal. I like to be under stimulated when I practice. Rimpoche is the only image in the space, because who else do I need to see? He is the reminder and the example. I wanted to have him near my head in this pose as if I was doing an upside down bow. I also like black and red and white together, don’t you?