Practice – Loving 1st Series Again

Practice - Loving 1st Series Again

Urdhva Muka Paschimottanasana

Practicing in LA

Restless Spirit…688 Richmond St. W. Toronto…

Restless Spirit...688 Richmond St. W. Toronto...

My hours the week of November 25:
today (Monday) – 11-6pm
Wednesday – 11-5:30pm
Thursday – 11-7pm

Clothing Sale!

Come in for a visit!

Restless Spirit is Now Open!

Restless Spirit is Now Open!

Starting this week, I’ll be in the studio:
Wednesdays and Thursdays – 11am – 8pm, Fridays – 11am – 3pm.

The clothing is on SALE! So come in to get some great deals on yogauthentic and street/casual apparel.

My services are available as well. You can book an appointment with me anytime (Mon – Fri). Give me a call and we’ll discuss.

Book me for: yoga asana, meditation, transpersonal therapy. Email if you have questions.

The room has a intimate feel to it and I would like to maintain that feeling of warmth and intimacy. Like the salons of Europe, it is a place where ideas, friends, and contacts are made and exchanged, and is available to rent for your small gathering.

Email me for details… 1restlessspirit@gmail.com

LIKE us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/RestlessSpiritStudio !!

Restless Spirit Blackboard #2

Restless Spirit Blackboard #2

Restless Spirit Blackboard

at 688 Richmond St Ground Floor, Toronto

I’ve had this on the board for about a month. I’m going to change it this week.  I post something different at least once a month – soon I think every two weeks.

Peace!

Christine

Letting Go…

Letting Go...

Vulnerability IS the human condition. Yes – You ARE vulnerable to EVERYTHING.

We get on a plane – we can catch a cold or worse. We could fall out of the sky – yet we fly!
We live, work, ride on buses, drive on highways, interact with people who are in variant stages of insanity (including us) yet most of us get home every night. By the GRACE of the Universe, we do not live in a war zone!

We get up every morning and we step into the world in some form or another.

We are by virtue of being human – Vulnerable.

What a cruel joke it is that at a moments notice you could be gone – heart attack, stroke, getting hit by a car – simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time… or is it right place at the right time… There are countless stories about people ‘cheating’ death in one instance and weeks/months later It catching up with them.

Our hearts are vulnerable – how many of us have lost those near and dear to us, family, friends, lovers one way or another? Everyone has! Being in relationship is part of the human condition which is what makes vulnerability a part of the human condition. You can’t “fight” it – it is not “like height”. It is not measurable, it is not material – it is as it is.

Stop fighting it. Let go!

Beyond the layer of fear is a place of warmth that is the embrace of the Divine. The Ecstatic Surrender. Do this and vulnerability will not be your enemy. Look at the sculpture of the “Ecstasy of St. Teresa” by Bernini – it is her surrender to the Will of God – Ecstasy through Grace.
To know and live through your own heart is to know the Divine – and isn’t that ultimately what we are here for!?

Give up the need for control. Shit happens for better or worse. If you must, learn from it. We always want reasons for everything – ‘why’ is a question that can never be answered. Especially to our satisfaction – so let go.

Everything makes sense when you die to your own idea of yourself. Fear of vulnerability comes from an Identification with the small self. Me and I; an attachment to you and your physical and mental ability to stave off intruders. To protect oneself at all costs – to the cost of one’s Heart (not the sentimental heart though).

Non-attachment is key.

This energy that we live, flows through us whatever we are masquerading as – take it off – take off your costume and live as you truly are.

We document everything these days… I have a question…

We document everything these days... I have a question...

I’ve always been the type of person who would give someone the quarter, dime or even sometimes dollar they need at the cash register, or pick up a hat that someone dropped or call the last called number on a cell phone to ask the person on the other end to inform the owner that I found their phone. I’ve always opened doors, pushed cars out of snow banks and have sat with a person who was grazed by a passing car for the ambulance to come.

While I really appreciate the sentiment (click on the photo for the link) and what it’s supposed to be about – I have to ask the question…

I ask this question respectfully: Do we have to document everything we do now? What does this say about our society? What is it that we’re looking for when we inform everyone of our “good deeds”? Are we so inundated by bad news with video clips that we need an injection of goodwill to remind us of what it means to be human? A real one? Are we so out of touch with our hearts? Maybe.

Let’s not over do it ok? – I mean telling everybody on FB or Twitter or wherever. Otherwise – like yoga, the word ‘awesome’, that thing you do with your fingers to form a heart – “acts of kindness” (good deeds) will become so mundane, so trite, so saccharine that they will be rendered passé and thrown into the trash with ‘been-there-done-that’.

Acts of kindness are things to be witnessed – so don’t hesitate to do them just for the sake of doing them. Let whoever witnesses it be the one to sing your praises… that’s a risk I’m willing to take…

 

Spiritual Life…What It’s Like…In the Real World…

Spiritual Life...What It's Like...In the Real World...

It’s like being the ocean.

The surface of the water because of its saltiness stays buoyant. It doesn’t know the depth of the ocean – of itself – and stays happily afloat to tend to it’s comings and goings.

Then it is churned up by a storm or a big wave and is brought under and gets caught in the current and so becomes aware of its own depth and a whole new world it didn’t know about (or had forgotten about) opens up (awareness).

Perhaps the once surface of the ocean would like to stay down and discover this vast weightless, calm embodiment of Self, but because of the nature of the ocean, constantly churning and changing, reacting and flowing, the surface of the ocean will have to once again at some point become the surface. Once it’s been churned and tossed around a bit, led and cradled by the depth of it, it will bring to the surface with it a part of that depth – it is no longer what it was.

The changes will continue to occur as long as the surface of the ocean allows itself to be taken to its depths. It will always resurface until one day, it is no longer the same as it started. If the ocean is stagnant – resists change – then the surface will forget its depth.

Let the wind, rain, storms, and currents of your life take you to your depths.

Peace!