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on meditation: 2 poems

I recently spent 5 nights at the magical Vallecitos Mountain Ranch participating in an intensive silent meditation retreat for teachers. Wow! More on this to come… But for now I wanted to share two poems inspired by my time there. “Suspension” the mind is a child swinging at birth of motion legs pump furiously to take flight lifted by the wind of joy skyward after the initial peak legs extend and point to another world then retract back beneath falling into gravity’s arms up and down, back and forth, lengthen and folding, inhale and exhale, ebb and flow, rise and fall, sunlight Read More

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mind minefields and mantras

At a class I attended this month, the yoga instructor compared self-talk to shopping for clothes. We take a bunch of clothes into the fitting room, and the ones that fit us and serve us and make us feel good go home with us. The ones that don’t stay behind, crumpled on the floor for the unlucky and underpaid attendant to clean and restock. She asked: Why don’t we do that with our self-talk? We take all kinds of self-talk with us into the dressing room of our minds, and we try it on, the good and the bad, and Read More

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mantras for students

I get a lot of questions in my classroom. Miss, is this right? Miss, what page? Miss, can you check this? Miss, what do you think? But the question in my class that has brought me the most refreshment as of late is… Miss, can we meditate? Several weeks ago, I faced the big, bad giant Senioritis as he trolled through my student population. Since then, I have been setting space aside on a weekly basis in my class–if not daily–to lead my students in meditation. Sometimes I guide them. Sometimes I use an app. But either way, it is a few Read More