“If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is your body.
If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.”
Scientific research into how yoga helps us live well is a fascinating subject but for those of us who already know it from the inside, poetry says it best.
Yoga primarily is a sacred practise, we use the body through the asanas to worship life itself flowing through us in every breath.
I am what they did not tell me and I knew.
Oh, I wanted everything to be mine!
I am everything I have already lost.
But everything’s elusive like the wind and the river,
like the golden summer flowers
that die in your hands.
I am everything, but nothing, nothing is mine,
not the pain, nor the joy, nor the terror,
not even the words of my song.
~ Silvina Ocampo
Art: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo in Wattle Spiral © Emma Hack 2009
The weather in paradise has turned a bit windy so enjoying some time for some creative expression.
You might have heard of chanting Aum, but repeating the written form of the symbol can induce many of the same benefits. The practise is called Likhita Japa and it’s really quite soothing. I tried to write Shanti in the petal like shapes but I’m still a beginner in writing sanskrit.
The quote is something that stuck with me that my yoga teacher here said came from his teacher Pattahbi Jois.