Sunday Conference 12.23.12

Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana…

"Use Your Head"
(Feet and Hands, Too)

We will continue our stone-stacking prayers through the New Year


Asana practice:  Feet, Hands and Head
Lines of energy crossing the sushumna nadi (super highway) along the spine.
72,000 meridians - most powerful in the upper chakras; Vishuda (throat), Ajna (third eye), and Sahasrara (crown) - wisdom and higher power

Lengthening of the cervical spine with extending crown of head, planting the hands and feet. Keep head up and drishti forward.  Breathe deeply.


Diana's Top 5 Best Christmas Gifts List
  1. Special rock or stone - blessed with your gift of love, beauty and peace;
  2. "Worry" or "Happy" polished stone - blessed with your gift of love;
  3. foreign coins - blessed with your love;
  4. Plant from your favorite nursery - blessed with your gift of love;
  5. Prayer thread - blessed with your gift of love.


"Because it's not love to be static like the desert, nor is it love to roam the world like the wind.  And it's not love to see everything from a distance.  Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.  When I first reached through to it, I thought the Soul of the World was perfect.  But later, I could see that it was like other aspects of creation and had its own passions and wars.  It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse.  And that's where the power of love comes in.  Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are."
From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Why Cleanse Workshop

Why Cleanse?
This Saturday, Diana will lead a quick workshop on the benefits of cleansing.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday Conference 12.16.12

Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana...

A Dedication to Connecticut's Victimes, Families and Friends
28 Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations:  Physical prayer; a prayer of love, strength, healing and courage.

Diana's "dream debate" with Buddha regarding the Four Noble Truths

  1. Life is suffering;
  2. Cause of suffering;
  3. Cessation of suffering is attainable;
  4. End the suffering.
Add the Fifth Noble Truth:  Life is Beautiful

Love is the answer.
Love is the gift.
First, you must love yourself.

Sankalpa: is a chosen resolution with the potential to release tremendous power by clearly defining and focusing on a chosen goal, intention.  The form of a short phrase or sentence clearly and concisely expressed, using the same wording each time to bring positive change into one's life.

From Diana;
Our world needs love.  Love is the most powerful gift we have to give.  However you pray, pray to send love.  Love that gives strength, courage and healing.  During challenging times, it is the one beautiful thing we can all give.  

I invite everyone to bring stones to the shall this week.  We will stack stones for the children, for all the victims, for the families and loved ones.  The stones will represent our prayers of love.

Lastly, our Shala's tradition of prayers and mung beans.  As one holds a handful of the beans touching each other, it shows the connectedness in life. 

Sunday Conference: 12.9.12

Notes from our Sunday Conference with Daina...

Why Hurry?

In a Sunday Mysore practice, 5-6 years ago with Guruji, there was a student who was always one count ahead of everyone else in the led class.  Towards the end of the class, Guruji approached the student and asked, "Why hurry?"  Dumbfounded, the student responded, "I don't know."  Afterwards, every student was in sync with the breath and count.

Why Hurry?
  • Be Present - in the moment
  • Focus - be grounded in life
  • Enjoy the process
  • No judgement
  • Training the mind

Things to remember and revisit from Sunday's Conference:

  • Geshe Norbu was asked to "teach me how to meditate." His response, "Easy to teach; difficult to practice."
  • Citing book 7: How Many Days of the Week Can Be Extraordinary,  it's not necessarily in time, but in doing and action.  It's how to LIVE your life.  How to make it special for yourself.

 Lastly, think of Guruji's two simple words during this 
holiday season.