By Jim Harrison
They used to say we’re living on borrowed
time but even when young I wondered...
who loaned it to us? In 1948 one grandpa
died stretched tight in a misty oxygen tent,
his four sons gathered, his papery hand
grasping mine. Only a week before, we were fishing.
Now the four sons have all run out of borrowed time
while I’m alive wondering whom I owe
for this indisputable gift of existence.
Of course time is running out. It always
has been a creek heading east, the freight
of water with its surprising heaviness
following the slant of the land, its destiny.
What is lovelier than a creek or riverine thicket?
Say it is an unknown benefactor who gave us
birds and Mozart, the mystery of trees and water
and all living things borrowing time.
Would I still love the creek if I lasted forever?
Daughter of a yogi...
A powerful conversation with a lesson worth sharing .. During our drive home from nursery ...
Me: “Shriya, I need to let go of this pain that I’m holding as it ...is really hurting me.”
Shriya: “Mummy you are holding the steering wheel and that doesn’t hurt does it mummy?”
My Instant Thought: “God thank you for giving me this girl as my daughter...”
Another Awesome Mother’s view:(Rachel Harries): “That’s right, Mummy can steer her life away from pain to wherever she wishes to go!”
It's Tuesday, March 13, and after a snowy start to the day, ALL of our evening classes are ON! And that includes a 6pm class with the fabulous Julie Luciani below!
In this early spring season, the weather is cold and wet and filled with heavy dense moisture.
Your body responds to this weather by taking on some of these we...t, heavy qualities. You may be feeling heavy, tired and be experiencing more congestion or excess mucus, water retention or weight gain. The mind can feel sluggish, foggy and you may have decreased motivation.
This Yoga sequence is a good one to practice this time of year. It provides full range of motion to the shoulders, opens the front line of the body and can create some heat and warmth needed. This and some energizing twists are exactly what your body would appreciate!!
“And remember, I like you just for being you.”
And then I found this.
"I don’t mean to dishonor the other stories here. But there is one I wanted to add.
A good portion of my pro-bono work is defending abuse...d children. It’s a cause close to my heart. In the course of my work I met a man who was an adult survivor. You wouldn’t have known it looking at him. He was this gigantic Polynesian guy. Wild curly hair. I think of him every time I see Khal Drogo on GoT. He was counseling some of the little kids, and doing a fantastic job of it.
I visited his home to get his opinion on something and I noticed a little toy on his desk. It was Trolley. Naturally curious, I asked him about it. This is what he told me:
“The most dangerous time for me was in the afternoon when my mother got tired and irritable. Like clockwork. Now, she liked to beat me in discreet places so my father wouldn’t see the bruises. That particular day she went for the legs. Not uncommon for her. I was knocked down and couldn’t get back up. Also not uncommon. She gave me one last kick, the one I had come to learn meant ‘I’m done now’. Then she left me there upstairs, face in the carpet, alone. I tried to get up, but couldn’t. So I dragged myself, arm over arm, to the television, climbed up the tv cabinet and turned on the TV.
“And there was Mr. Rogers. It was the end of the show and he was having a quiet, calm conversation with those hundreds of kids. In that moment, he seemed to look me in the eye when he said ‘And I like you just for being you’. In that moment, it was like he was reaching across time and space to say these words to me when I needed them most.
“It was like the hand of God, if you’re into that kind of thing. It hit me in the soul. I was a miserable little kid. I was sure I was a horrible person. I was sure I deserved every last moment of abuse, every blow, every bad name. I was sure I earned it, sure I didn’t deserve better. I *knew* all of these things … until that moment. If this man, who I hadn’t even met, liked me just for being me, then I couldn’t be all bad. Then maybe someone could love me, even if it wasn’t my mom.
“It gave me hope. If that nice man liked me, then I wasn’t a monster. I was worth fighting for. From that day on, his words were like a secret fortress in my heart. No matter how broken I was, no matter how much it hurt or what was done to me, I could remember his words, get back on my feet, and go on for another day.
“That’s why I keep Trolley there. To remind me that, no matter how terrible things look, someone who had never met me liked me just for being me, and that makes even the worst day worth it to me. I know how stupid it sounds, but Mr. Rogers saved my life.”
The next time I saw him, he was talking to one of my little clients. When they were done with their session, he helped her out of her chair, took both of her hands, looked her in the eyes and said: “And remember, I like you just for being you.”
That, to me, is Mr. Rogers’ most powerful legacy. All of the little lives he changed and made better with simple and sincere words of love and kindness."
108 Monkeys does fabulous work... make this fit in your schedule!
HAPPY SNOW DAY! Hope you're getting all cozy and warm.
Speaking of getting cozy ... We still have a few spots left for our March Matness Yin Yoga and Sound Bath....
Yin with Jess Rawling accompanied by gongs and singing bowls from the Conduit Center.
All proceeds go to support 108 Monkeys' work in the community.
I love this quote. And I love the wide variety of great teachers here at YCYC - find the one(s) that resonate with you.
“Great teachers prepare you for their absence. They give you confidence, they give you your life and, by doing so, they make themselves obsolete.” Thank you, Diana Goetsch
Do you know someone who has anxiety attacks? Every Saturday, Ellen McNally teaches a Yoga class specifically for those who have anxiety and depression. It would be great if you could help us spread the word!
This is KRIPALU Yoga using a chair. It’s a dynamic, breath centered flow...great for anyone who cannot sit comfortably on the floor or has difficulty going from the floor to standing. Beginners welcome and any modifications needed are always suggested.
This isn’t the “Chair Yoga” that you imagined!
Join Julie Luciani on WEDNESDAYS 10:30-11:45 for this amazing practice.
This is KRIPALU Yoga using a chair. It’s a dynamic, breath centered flow...great for anyone who cannot sit comfortably on the floor or has difficulty going from... the floor to standing. KRIPALU Yoga focuses on strength and stretching as well as balance and agility.
Beginners welcome and any modifications needed are always suggested.
This isn’t the “Chair Yoga” that you imagined!
Join me on WEDNESDAYS 10:30-11:45 for this amazing practice.