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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

When I Met My Muse

What a delight to be surprised by snow on the green leaves this morning.

A couple weeks ago when we attended Michael Meade’s workshop on “Discovering Your Genius” he reminded me of a favorite poem of mine from William Stafford that feels perfect for a snowy October morning…

When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off–they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.
~ William Stafford<

“I am your own way of looking at things,” she said. “When you allow me to live with you, every glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation.”

Mmmm- I could just let that last line steep and simmer, marinate and percolate for the morning. How could I relax more fully into my own way of looking at things? It is a good, open question to hold for the day, the week…

We are thrilled to be preparing for our “Embodied Essentials: Ground, Center and Breath” workshop this weekend. Turns out to be a perfect one to plan the weekend before an election :)! These lessons are valuable to us on so many levels.

From a movement perspective, these are what we turn to so frequently: When working at the computer, playing basketball, working with clients, doing the dishes, holding Mesa…

Even just occasionally asking the questions of:

  • How is my connection with the ground?
  • How alive is my center in this activity?
  • Is there freedom or restriction in my breath?

brings about a more efficient, organized, skillful way of participating.

On a deeper level, in a time where the pace of life is so fast and there is so much change and movement, when, as Yeats wrote “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold,” the importance of having some kind of reliable ground, some reliable orienting center becomes even more important. Our embodiment can provide an invaluable support.

We are so grateful for the endless harvest these lessons offer us, and look forward to sharing them with you!

We still have some spaces left, and you’ll find a registration link below.

May you enjoy this day, and by trusting your own way of looking at things, may “every glance at the world around you be a sort of salvation.”

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