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Squeezing Drops From The Sun

Greetings,

Just off the road from an amazing week of Embodied Life training in California. Wow. So much. In this moment I am touched by how powerful it is to witness this group of adults unfolding into themselves, ourselves…the openness, the lightness, the trust, the vulnerability…As one student and friend recently said of these practices: “This shit works!” That was a phrase that went though my head several times through the week.

We were able to spend an afternoon digesting and integrating the week in the company of redwoods in Armstrong Woods State Park (where Mesa took a few family photos).

 

Tomorrow we will be taking all of our enthusiasm and inspiration from our week in California into our workshop on Improving Posture The Easy Way.

Consider the possibility that uprightness could be experienced as natural, effortless- requiring no inner posture correction voices, no constant pulling back of the shoulders…it is possible….My shoulders relax just thinking about it :)

And on this Summer Solstice, super moon weekend, I’d like to share one of my favorite Hafiz poems…

May you keep squeezing drops of the Sun, and not be dragged too long behind the farting camel…

A happy Solstice to you,

Carl

Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom!

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom
And Love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim,
My ears wish my head was missing
So they could finally kiss each other
And applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter

And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

~ Hafiz ~

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