@kinoyoga hw Listen. As Rumi says inprinted in my yoga pants by @altaregoapparel “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” As a logophile, and poet myself, I was fascinated to learn that SILENT and LISTEN have the same letters in them. For years, I was not much of a talker, but I listened. I observed. I took notes. I’m still not a great speaker, but I’m paying attention to the subtle internal cues within and outside of me. Soft skills take time to cultivate. .
The greatest act of kindness and respect you can pay another human being is to listen to what they have to say..
Have you listened to how lonely people are lately? It’s all over the news. They feel isolated and trapped for many reasons. Their fuse blows and their knee jerk reaction gets the best of them, because they don’t feel heard..
My son didn’t speak until he was 3. He observed. I listened to the rhythm of his feet, the animations and the utterances. Many people were quick to say he was autistic or had aspergers. I took that as a compliment, but nonetheless advocated for him not being autistic. He currently speaks fluent emphatic silence, love, and english ..
He catches me when I’m not listening. “Mom, why do you keep saying Yes?.” In the opening Ashtanga chant, a conch shell is mentioned as we invoke the guru energy. As a child in the summer time, near Bethany beach, I’d hold seashells next to my ears, to hear the waves of the ocean..
Listening to the ears of your heart is a practice I try to cultivate each day.
Listening to other students, your teachers and your body will guide you to the form that best leads you on the path to enlightenment. Handstand does not equate to enlightenment, but it’s a posture the spirit can take form in as it progresses.
Are you listening to your soul or your ego? Is anybody listening to you?
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