Death

“here is no place on earth where death cannot find us—even if we constantly twist our heads about in all directions as in a dubious and suspect land . . . If there were any way of sheltering from death’s blows—I am not the man to recoil from it . . . But it is madness to think that you can succeed . . .

Men come and they go and they trot and they dance, and never a word about death. All well and good. Yet when death does come—to them, their wives, their children, their friends—catching them unawares and unprepared, then what storms of passion overwhelm them, what cries, what fury, what despair! . . .

To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way l contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death . . . We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.

MONTAIGNE1”

Excerpt From

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

YOGA has scientific proven results

Ok, so I have been praticing yoga for over 10 years now and I am a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor but I do still feel like a beginner and feel that I  have a lot to learn. That is one of the beauties of  the realm of yoga , you can always go deeper and deeper.

Recently I became interested in the Hatha, ashtanga practice because while I was doing Kundalini which is mostly seating and meditation I also ran and did heavy cardio work but I injured my foot with plantar fascitis so I cant do it anymore…

So I discovered ashtanga which incorporates heavy physical work  in a moving meditation and I am loving how instense it is and how concentrated you have to be in order to hold the poses! Talk about being in the present moment!

Also it has helped me be more stable in meditation because the physical asanas of yogas are meant to prepare our body for meditation ( not for a beautiful handstand photo for instagram )  . All types of yoga help the channels ( nadis, meridians) flow correctly so our energy and brain signals do not get interrupted and we can function at our 100% in life.  Because our body is the only permanent  possesion we have  in this life. So we have to take care of it .

The thing is that with the myriad of yoga styles there is out there one can get confused but the thing is to chose the one that calls to you  at the moment of your life , just to have 60-90 mins ( typical duration of yoga classes) of consciouss movement and breath will change your life. Do it try it , do not take my word but experiment it yourself.

That could be kundalini, ashtanga, hatha, javamukti … they all work wonders

Here is a link to a research done on the benefits of 8 weeks of yoga

https://www.doyouyoga.com/science-proves-ashtanga-yoga-is-good-for-you/

Walk like a royal speak like a sage

I love this quote from my yoga teacher Tej because it exemplifies how we have to be royal ourselves, respect our words and actions in order for others to do so. We first have to give the royalty ourselves and then we will be respected as well .   Never in the egotistical way but like a sage always speaking our truth from the heart.

If what you have to say is not truth, good or necessary it is better to remain in silence. Every word we say adds to the tides of action and reaction ( karma) of the world , it has an effect on the energy of the room or how a persons reacts towards you .

Food for thought…

Who says you are beautiful?

What if you grew up in a desserted island? and no one told you if you that you were fat or skinny , ugly or beautiful. Y

You would look within yourself to know those answers. You would do excercise because it makes you feel good or makes you more agile to do your daily chores…

Well this is the approach to fitness we should be looking for

Thanks for the inspiration at Bryan Kest´s yoga class in Santa Monica ,  he gives his class as a maintenance for our bodies, not to change us or make us be able to do handstands or contorsions but to care for our bodies while also being present with our breath  while doing the asanas, a moving meditation.

Although headstands, inversions etc do help bering oxygen to the brain and help the circulation of energy the modern western yoga world has become obsessed with just the look of or the contorsion side while it is just a side benefit from the practice

 

Machines – technology

Most people see technology as apart from us or as a tool that could eventually be evil or turn against us . But I do think that technology is an extension of the human mind. We are able to communicate almost instantly like telepathy with an extension of an iphone. It all the depends how we use it like FIRE

1921 opinion

Got inspire after my last visit at the San Francisco De Young Museum’s “cult of the machine ” exhibit

ouside De young museum

Abstraction made into introspection … Rothko

 

Mark Rothko

American Born Russia 1903-1970

NO.14 1960

Oil on canvas

Emitting a brilliance as if illuminated from within, Rothko´s painting often arouse a deeply emotional responso from viewers. His aim was to create intimate and enveloping environments in which the color, texture, and scale of his compositions would draw the viewer closer. Here the large red orange passage with its velvety, luminous surface helps achive this effect by seeming to project forwar into the viewer´s space, while the dense, dark indigo band below pulls back into itseld. A warm eggpland color at the paintings perimeter gently frames our gaze and encourages us to attend to the act of looking

rothko
Self portrait with Rothko background

Ok so this is the explanation at the Sfmoma , and yes I have to say that this painting completely made me look , stop and go within. Which is what is said in all meditation and mindfulness practices, stop look within. He achieved it and that is what art is.

Something that makes us feel what the artist wanted to convey or even a vehicle to an inward experience within oneself…..

Just by entering the room where the painting was made me be present and that is the secret of having a meaningful life… being present in every thing we do.

You are you

In the whole existence there has never been a you, so if you are not you, you never existed

Guru Singh

Love this from Guru Singh’s class at Sat Nam fest in Joshua tree .

This means that there is no one like you that does the things they way you do and if you try to be something else what you came to this earth for means that you wasted it . So stop comparing and trying to fit in pre existing concepts and ideas of what your life should be like our how you should look like , there is only one you and people will love you and want you because you are the only on that smiles , dances and talks like you . You are irreplaceable .

How do you measure a life?

It all changes nothing ever stays , we do not know the future but we know we are going to die that is a fact …

So how would you measure your life?

I find this song from the Broadway musical rent beyond beautiful and the best way I think it is the best way to measure yourself how did you lived your life and at the end all that matters is how much did you love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvyHuse6buY

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life
How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?
In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died
It’s time now to sing out
Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love
Remember the love
Remember the love
Measure in love
Measure, measure your life in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love
Songwriters: Jonathan D. Larson
Seasons of Love lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group