Madness.

crazy

This photo from this site: http://stottilien.com/tag/shadow/ (a great read btw)

 

Madness – “Crazy” and Depression are two different things. Madness or Crazy were thought to be a gift bestowed upon individuals in Aboriginal societies. You have to be sort of mad to see god or the workings of the universe. Gurus (saddhus) are mad with the knowledge of god and their culture supports and even reveres them. Most of the Saints would have been thought mad by our standards. Madness or crazy that Robin Williams was talking about I can only IMAGINE what he meant -is the crazy that is the true Creative Spirit. The spirit that makes you act in spite of criticism, in spite of rules like gravity. I don’t mean rules like laws – I mean rules like you can’t fly. The crazy that comes from seeing the truth about life. The madness is the creative spark that it takes to turn this knowing of the true workings of god or the universe, this intuitive vision into art – funny, sad, poignant, inspirational, dirty, truthful art. Depression comes from the pressure of being constantly asked, chided, cajoled, ridiculed, forced to conform to the systems of the material world – the bigotry, the separateness, the fear. It goes directly against the truth that is real and tangible only to the artist. Depression is the weight of keeping your head in this world and your heart in the creative energies of the universe. Depression is the weight of knowing you can really fly but you are tethered to this reality. Depression comes from knowing that if you don’t conform you will be isolated by and from our society (madhouses and asylums, psych-ward). There is no support or acceptance of those who fly outside the Norm. FLY in the face of it. And let those who don’t get it try to figure it out later.

 

This is in response to this comment about #RobinWilliams standup piece about keeping a little madness. He was full of the Creative Spirit. You can see it, hear it… beautiful Robin.

http://www.upworthy.com/robin-williams-advice-for-people-who-are-depressed-is-really-touching-and-important?c=reccon1

What I Offer At The Studio Has A Lot To Do With What I’ve Experienced In My Life…

I grew up with the notion that women were less than. This attitude was perpetuated by both parents and then siblings. I did not believe this but was victim to it time and time again. I became quiet and reserved with my feelings yet expressed my opinions aggressively. I was confused a lot of the time about who I was and what I was doing, who to love and who loved me. It took me a long time to unravel the mess that was my childhood because it was all about me trying to appease those around me, rather than listening to myself… I lost sight of who I was.

My spiritual practice and training – once I realized that it was do or die, allowed me to become whole again. Through this work, I realized my fullness, and I was able to see a way through.

This is (one of the reasons) why I practice and teach yoga, meditation and offer Transpersonal Therapy.

I believe I can assist those who want it, to see a way through as well. I realized both victim and perpetrator are in constant protection mode because of their feelings of emptiness and vulnerability. I can guide the process of unravelling and then the reasserting and rebuilding that comes after.

I grew up in a family that believed that you have to be “crazy” to go to a therapist. But I soon learned that this is a process of growth and discovery (when done well) and not an exercise in labeling and pointing fingers.

I believe EVERYONE should seek out self-knowledge – to practice self-awareness/self-observation through any means – the best of which are: yoga (taught by a teacher that practices this not only the postures), meditation (taught by a teacher that practices to see passed the egoic nature), and therapy (facilitated by a person who believes that the spirit is a huge part of the equation and that it’s not about “fixing” you). All of this can bring you leaps and bounds into another and more full sense of self that calms the storms of self-absorption/self-centredness. (Self-observation/awareness is opposite to self-absorption/centredness).

Why am I telling you this? Because this is what I do. I offer those who seek it – wholeness through the therapy I offer, and the yoga classes and meditation (private or semi-private) I have at the studio. I believe I have experienced all this – the prejudice, the name calling, the putdowns, the self-doubt, etc. – in order to work through them and come out the other side with understanding and equanimity so that I can be a light to those who are still in darkness and who believe and feel that there is more to them than what those around them are saying, and who would like to live more fully and more present in their own lives.

 

Here’s the article that inspired this note:
http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-women-arent-crazy/

RESTLESS SPIRIT WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – INTRO TO MEDITATION – NOW 6:30pm

 

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A half hour Session

Some instruction, Ask questions, Practice

Register here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/745706405453788/

Come sit with me.

(class will not run if minimum number of participants not met)

February Update…

FEBRUARY
UPDATE:
The Kirtan evenings with Ram for February will not run due to illness.
However, in place of the kirtan, there is the
Heart Path Meditation on Thursdays from now on!
Please join us!
The schedule for Restless Spirit looks like this:
*Tuesdays – 6:30-9pm – Open Mic Night for Spoken Word, Recitals, Music, etc.
*Wednesdays – 6:15-6:45pm – Q&A; 7-8:30pm – Kirtan!
Thursdays- 6:15-6:45pm – Intro to Meditation; 7-8:30pm Heart Path Meditation!
*Tuesdays and Wednesdays will come together for March
(please contact me if you would like to perform either for Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
Thursdays are running.
Please Call, Text, FB, or Email to confirm your spot. Space is limited!
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The Q & A Wednesday evening is postponed this week.

Thursday night

6:15pm – Half hour Intro to Meditation

7pm – Heart Path Meditation (60-90mins)

Next Wednesday (Feb 19th) Q & A will be held at 6:15pm

Please call, text, or email to reserve your spot!

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Restless Spirit: A Beautiful Space Waiting for You

Restless Spirit: A Beautiful Space Waiting for You

Come join me on Thursdays for the BEST meditation practice you’ll ever do!

Every Thursday Evening:

6:15pm-6:45pm – Intro to Meditation: If you don’t want to jump head long into a long meditation session, why not come and learn what it’s all about.

These intro sessions are there to let us get to know one another, let you get to know what meditation is all about and give you a little practice so you can acclimatize to sitting and the space (and the teacher/facilitator – that’s me!)

7pm-8/8:30pm – Heart Path Meditation Sessions – These sessions are a gift really. 🙂

You may have some trepidation upon entering the room: What’s it all about? What are we going to do? How’s it going to affect me? (these questions can be answer in the 6:15pm class) – but after the session you feel so good and so refreshed that it is like having come out of a really great sauna or yoga class. The heat of the practice is so revitalizing and warming that stepping outside you’d swear it was Summer!

Come join me! And make Restless Spirit into a community of awesome Spirit-ness.

Please bring your own meditation benches or cushions to sit on if you have them. Thx.

Kirtan This Thursday (Feb 6th) Is Cancelled… :(

Ram Vakkalanka regrets that he can not be with us due to illness. He will be at Restless Spirit NEXT Thursday (13th) at 7pm. I send him warmth and healing vibes! Feel better Ram!

*In replacement of the Kirtan I thought I would start the Heart Meditation Sessions this Thursday. So…

Thursday Feb 6th

6:15 – 6:45 – Intro to Meditation (by donation – suggested $5 min)

7pm – 8/8:30pm – Heart Path Meditation Session (by donation – suggested $15 min)

I hope you’ll join me.

Stay warm!

Peace!

Christine

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Sales Event
Saturday February 15th, 1 – 4pm
Enrich Yourself!
An event for Mind, Body and Soul
Skin Care/Nutrition
Yoga & Casual Wear & Vintage Clothing Jewellery
Mind/Body Therapist
Door Prize Basket!
1:15 – 2:00 yoga class
3:15 – 4:00 heart meditation
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
sara_kuz@hotmail for tickets
All yoga and casual wear on Sale!
From 10% – 40% off!
 
Clothing Sale!

Sales Event at Restless Spirit!

KIRTAN with Ram Vakkalanka at Restless Spirit!

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We’re starting the year off right with Mantra chanting! Ram Vakkalanka is coming to lead the chanting on three Thursday evenings! I am so excited! If you haven’t attended a Kirtan before it is a beautiful way to imbue your life with Spiritual Energy. These mantras have been sung for centuries and so carry the blessings of the souls who have gone before us. If you have attended Kirtan before but it’s been a while – I can tell you that these three Thursday sessions will remind you why you loved it so much! And if you’re a regular – welcome!
Welcome to all who come to ignite the fire of the Spirit with the vibrations of the Universe!
Revitalize yourself thru Mantra chanting:
Mantras are unique Vibrations that embody specific energies of the Universe. Repetition of Mantras attracts the Cosmic Energies, channels them inward and ignites corresponding energies inside the practitioner. Mantras help energize and centre ourselves, calm the negative chatter of the mind, deal with addictions, improve self-image, break thru obstacles in life and induce inner peace and harmony. Mantra chanting promotes concentration, leads to deep meditative state and helps discover your inner source of strength, courage, peace and well-being. In these Kirtan and Mantra chanting sessions, we will not only chant Mantras in a call-and-response fashion but also learn about the various Cosmic Energies, accurate pronunciation of a few energizing Mantras and practical applications of Mantras. Music may be used sometimes for extra fun in chanting Mantras but participants need not have any musical skills/training.
Please join us for the three first Thursdays in February:
When: Feb 6th, 13th or 20th
Time: 7 – 8:30pm
Where: Restless Spirit 688 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON, Canada
Cost: $15 (includes HST) at the door

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Ram is inspiring in his devotion to passing on this lineage of this practice.
Bio of Ram Vakkalanka:
Ram Vakkalanka is an internationally known Nada Yogi, Sanskrit expert, Yoga philosopher and Meditation instructor.
Ram is a Master of sound energy and vibrations.  So far, ten CDs and one DVD of his works have been released with a book on its way. For more about Ram, please visit www.aksharayoga.com.