Sunday Conference with Diana...
May 25, 2014
Your Journey … Continued
Refinement – 100% commitment to our practice – growth and awareness – being present
2. Small tweaks – subtle changes in our physical practice as well as the mental practice
3. Grace and Strength
For 10% of your practice, be mindful of your refinement techniques. Challenge yourself with your external and internal process; precision; articulation …
Primary series = “Yoga Chikitsa” (yoga therapy);
Second series = “Nodi Shodana” (nerve cleansing); and
Third series = “Sthira Bhaga” (strength and grace)
Demonstrations are ONLY to teach and INSPIRE.
“Handstand” – fully engaged: plant your feet (root down); reach up/out with your hands (extension) and bandhas.
“jumpbacks” – fully engaged: root down hands, feet and the power of your bandhas, extension - graceful
How does this pose serve you on your journey? Find magic in the smallest details in your life-long practice. “Dance” more with your practice; realize the beauty of the moment; explore the small corners of your practice. Why hurry? Enjoy the jewels of the moment – no destination
As you set out for Ithaka,
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them:
You’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind –
as many sensual perfumes as you can.
And may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And, if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
--- C. P. Cavafy
Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard (C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Rev. Ed. Princeton University Press 1991