A note from Carl:
Last week we took our martial arts lovin boy to see Kung Fu Panda 3. I have loved this series of movies, and the recent was my favorite of the three. There is one scene that keeps coming back to me as a teaching, as an open question, as just a great line. Dustin Hoffman’s character, Master Shifu, who is the red panda master teacher, is frantically looking in the sacred library for the ancient scroll that will give them the information they need. At one point, he throws his arms up in frustration and says, “There is so much wisdom in here, I can’t find anything!!”
Erin and I both had a good laugh, flashing on our piles of books, on the file boxes filled with Buddhist prayers and practices, the hard drives full of recordings from so many wisdom traditions.
Do you ever have that feeling “There is so much wisdom here I can’t find anything?”
I know I do, it seems like it the blessing and challenge of this particular time.
Each day my email box is full magnetizing offers for online classes, workshops, retreats in amazing locations, advanced trainings in many methods I respect. All incredible opportunities, all sources of wisdom. However, they’re onlybeneficial to the extent that I can digest, integrate and embody them. With so much available, saying “yes” and being wholehearted about one thing requires saying “no” to twenty others that I would love.
Brene Brown talks about FOMO- the fear of missing out. We can often have this sense that the ideal practice, the ultimate workshop, the perfect retreat boat is leaving, and we had better get on or be left behind. It is often a strategy used in marketing- “This is your last chance to get in at this level...” Yet what often eludes us when we move from that state of fear and grasping is what we’re likely truly after: Contentment and enoughness.
I love Abraham Heschel’s statement, “We will not perish for want of information;but only for want of appreciation…What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder…Reverence is one of our answers to the presence of mystery.”
May you bask in the richness of wisdom that is available, and move from a deep sense of being enough.
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
p.s. We are so fortunate to be hosting our friend and mentor and beloved international teacher, Russell Delman, in Salt Lake City again in March. Registration is now open for his public workshop March 19-20 with an open public talk on March 18. (Find lots more details below. We hope you’ll join us!)
p.p.s. There is still one spot open for Embodying The Masculine! We’d love it if you’d help spread the word to any wonderful guys you think might appreciate our work. Thanks!
p.p.p.s. We have been reducing the number of public workshops we’re doing lately as we’re focusing on some other exciting projects, but we’ve got a good one coming up at the end of this month. We still have room for you in Intimacy With Your Spine. It’ll be a wonderful afternoon of fresh Feldenkrais lessons and we can’t wait to share. Join us!