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Undercurrents, Poem Prompt Response via dVersepoets

29 Jan
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undercurrents : original love poetry

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The Prompt, “Undercurrents,” from dVersepoets

prompt introduced by karin gustafson

“For today’s prompt, I urge you to consider the different layers (or faces) of an experience, moment, relationship, person, object.  You may wish to very directly write about these differing layers, or just to allow them to form your words from underneath.”

the intro is a fascinating descriptive account, including an excerpt from a work by Rainer Maria Rilke, of the forms and ideas of “undercurrents”

i highly recommend it

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that said, i’m not sure what “undercurrents” really-exactly-to-me means

i have an idea, i think i often allude to its use within even my shorter pieces, like my morning series of “awakening” poems, but i’m not sure, exactly…

so, below, is my shot at it ;-)

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Undercurrents

kitty cats, are like people, so much

i told her, smiling, then looking away

they paw the ground pretending to be looking

at something, they seem captivated, by…something

i add, glancing at the edges of a limb of leaves near by

finding a lone flutter-leaf reflecting varying rays of light

my boy kitty, i told her, kept stepping closer to your girl kitty

i whispered, trailing away my voice, seeking a shadow to focus on,

by sniffing the worn wooden steps leading up to where she sat

watching him, i explained, shifting to sit beside her now,

when he got to where she sat, on the warm step set in sun, he

paused, sniffed the air, and sat beside her – can you believe that

i asked

he sure took his time, she said, smiling, then looking up toward a new

cloud

summer-crawling

back to sea

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Yoga

undercurrents exist everywhere, i believe

it’s what we’re always telling ourselves, in yoga, that we’re looking for

but i’m beginning to also believe, we’re what we’re looking for, and we’re the undercurrent, hidden from ourselves

certainly it seems our pets already seem to know these things about us ;-)

yoga is the process of becoming more aware, of what we’re already often aware of, and didn’t know it

like one of those paintings with images embedded in it, and we don’t know it, til someone says they’re there…

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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So You Wanna Be In An eBook? An Offer From Curvy Yoga’s Anna Guest-Jelley

27 Jan
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Read below for a free new upcoming ebook you can contribute to, at Curvy Yoga!


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so you wanna be in an ebook? an offer from curvy yoga’s anna guest-jelley

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Intro

Opps, Again

this is the second time i’ve let a post go out before putting in my finished post

so for those who came to a template, or the removed-from-view page, my sincere apologies

not that i don’t have lots and lots of excuses, and even some explanations! but none are life threatening nor permanently disrupting, so, i’ll get back to the intended post ;-)

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Curvy Yoga Intro

i came across anna’s call for articles for a new ebook a few weeks ago, and the deadline is now approaching : february 14th, valentines, and my wife’s birthday!

so even the deadline-details practically demand i share this info ;-)

anna guest-jelley has the well-regarded site, curvyyoga, and has been posting relevant important posts on yoga, self-image, and gentle self-acceptance for a good while

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Curvy Yoga Site

anna’s site says, the curvy yoga site is “for people who want to live the lives they imagine, today. Who don’t want to wait until they’re flexible, skinny, have enough money, etc. to start treating themselves well…”

her site includes an impressive and welcome list of resources, such as video, podcasts, and written instructions for poses, including information on modifications

also included on her resource page, is a list of teachers for curvy bodies

so what does a curvy yoga look like?

take a look -

impressive huh?

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afaa, in the studies my valentine-wife-baby and i both did, brought us issues to be aware of that sound simple enough, but that without pausing, i had just not thought of

a large mass is slower to get going, and gathers more power and speed once in motion, and therefore, needs awareness and caution regarding range of motion and in coming to rest or reversing directions

there are modifications available for movements that allow a more comfortable and productive reaching and lunging and bending

many of these modifications are also valid for almost anyone who is not in top shape, hasn’t warmed up properly, isn’t limber, has had an injury or illness, is elderly, or simply de-conditioned – i know i’ve been the latter more times than i wanna be again ;-)

and beyond the physical, there is of course so much more -

anna’s site addresses these also…

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The Invitation from Curvy Yoga

from anna’s site :

AN INVITATION

So here’s my proposal, and I really (really, really!) hope you’re in: I’m going to curate a book of curvy yogi stories from around the world, and I want you to be part of it! I will accept submissions for six weeks and then will put it together in a beautiful, downloadable, free(!) eBook to share far and wide.

there’s much more details on her page about the new ebook, and a way to contact curvy yoga if you have more questions

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so, if you’ve been wanting to get in on the ebook revolution, have something to say (who doesn’t ;-) ), need to share, and wanna stay in the loop for a free ebook, you gotta consider this ;-)

as mentioned before, the deadline is valentines!

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Great Sample Article on Curvy Yoga Site

i should add that one of my favorite meaningful articles about yoga, is from anna’s site, from last summer, “Shame-Free Yoga: Yoga for Your Body

i still think about this article, and part of anna’s response to my own comment at the time, the “inclusiveness” of the article

the issues that affect a curvy person are similar to that affecting anyone wanting to regain their health and self-esteem

yes, there are differences, distinctions, things that won’t apply -

yet the similarities, i believe, are worth being aware of…

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Conclusion

even from way back, as i would struggle from being fairly fit, to falling off the health-wagon, to working my way back again, sometimes with more mental and emotional weight than physical weight, i couldn’t understand why some people made fun of those who were actually out on the track or jogging trail, and now-a-days on the mat, trying

“most” of why, it seems, is lack of understanding -

this call for contributions for people to submit to what will be a free downloadable ebook, is a chance to not only share, but fill in and replace some of the normal mis-understanding and fear we all sometimes have, towards others, and ourselves…

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Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

nice thing ’bout getting old(er)” is a free ebook, of over a dozen postings from my blog here, organized into information i’ve been learning about aging, fitness, yoga, and creativity…

it’s meant to be referred to, and read here and there, nibbled at -

although the poems can be read straight through ;-)

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Final Thoughts

Adan Lerma

awareness, my favorite gift from yoga so far, has been the key for me

and remembering, it really is a process ;-)

namaste´ – con dios – god be with you


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Press Release —— Three New Original Mini eBook Series : A Month of Mornings ** Everyday Gratitude ** Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems

25 Jan
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Three New Original Mini eBook Series : A Month of Mornings ** Everyday Gratitude ** Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems” from Felipe Adan Lerma.  Exclusive on Amazon Books.


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Adan Lerma has authored a series of  ebooks using three related titles.  Each title expresses part of a process expressing what we experience in our every day life.

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The first series, “A Month of Mornings” conveys the awareness of waking each day, to the repeating and new events in daily life, and celebrating that.  A cup of coffee.  Heat in winter.  Getting achy or sore, fit or raring to get started, day-to-day, each day.

Expressing his own amazement, Adan says, “It’s incredible how much we are aware of each day we wake.  And how much more we become aware of, as we pay attention to those moments so early in our day.”

Adan says this series began as an experiment, to see what he would experience when he paid attention to just simply waking, each day.  “The experiment continues each day, each morning,” adds Adan.

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Then, initially also meant as an experiment, and day-to-day companion, Adan began seeing if he could find a gratitude, one each day, no matter how simple or basic.  From this Adan’s second ebook series grew and became “Everyday Gratitude.”

“My whole experiment worked out in ways I hadn’t expected.  My morning awareness exercise supported and enhanced discovering, sometimes just accepting, those same small style of every day things that can mean so much,” explained Adan.

Each of these two series are projected to have a new volume available approximately every four to six weeks.  Also each series will maintain its own distinctive same cover page, with only the volume number changed.  The covers are both designed by Adan using his own original photography and art.

Everyday Inspirations - PhotoPoems Vol 1

Now available in a seven volume collection

About a month into the creation of these two series, Adan says it dawned on him that he could combine two of his creative loves, verse and imagery.

“‘Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems’ is literally the result of my other two creative works.  One emphasizes awareness, the other gratitude, and the result is often inspiration,” says Adan.

In this third series of ebooks, Adan presents ten original photographs he has taken in his wife’s home state of Vermont, joined with an original poem for each image.

Each photograph is of an every day scene by or near Adan’s home. As with his photos in his first photography ebook “Photography Plus, a Beginner’s View” the images are what Adan considers non-professional, yet, combined with a matching verse, expresses a simple day-to-day inspiration.

In this third series, Adan will offer a different cover for each release.

All available titles are updated frequently on Yoga-Adan’s My eBooks Page.  An rss feed is available, as is a newsletter.

In addition, Adan’s Amazon Author’s Page provides information on other titles at Amazon Books.

More information about Adan, including his studies and degrees, can be found on his website’s About page.

history of Adan’s writings since the 70s is chronicled on his website.

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Summary

Adan Lerma has authored a series of  ebooks using three related titles.  Each title expresses part of a process expressing what we experience in our every day life.  From awareness in “A Month of Mornings” to “Everyday Gratitudes” through “Everyday Inspirations” in photo-poems, Adan presents the simple yet inspiring of the every day of daily life.

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Choice and Intent, the Creative Challenge in Yoga Sports & Creativity

18 Jan

Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v4“creativity & yoga aren’t similar, they are of the same breath” – and so begins an exploration of creativity and awareness and yoga; wordpress’ new gallery images feature is included for the first time


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Article Outline

Intro

Definitions

  • A Thread
  • Implications
  • Assumptions and Beliefs
  • Mind, Heart, and Intuition – Yoga & Creativity
  • Creativity and Awareness

The Artist as a Creative Example

  • Intro, Kindred Spirits
  • Emmanuelle, Plans on a Comet
  • Brija, StableRoots
  • Kara-Leah
  • YogaDork
  • Studio Mothers
  • Himalayan Institute
  • The Magazine of Yoga
  • Yoga-Adan, What About Me?
  • Preparations, Again
  • “101 Sports Poems” a Series
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“creativity & yoga aren’t similar, they are of the same breath”

Intro

i came up with the idea of having a “thoughts” article category, sorta as a way to have an easy way to write about something, and not have to research it so much, ha! – yea, right, l0l !!

i ended up just fooling myself into having to think harder ;-)

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Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v1
Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v1, Original Digital Art, Adan Lerma

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i figured, point out a few times i felt i’d gotten creative, maybe point to an article, well, ok, maybe two ;-)

heck, i have at least a painting and a couple of poems that could fill in some color and tone

maybe a photo, and i even have some digital art up now

like a piece of organic low-sugar cake with coconut!

well…

a funny thing happened on the way to the “send” button

i couldn’t think what to say…

what follows, has been “working” since my first saved draft as recorded in my wordpress acct,

“12 August, 2011 @ 9:02 by yoga-adan”  

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Definitions

A Thread

ok, so what is creativity?

Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v2
Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v2, Original Digital Art, Adan Lerma

obviously i can point to examples, my own and others, of creative efforts, whether pleasing or not ;-)

merriam-websters says creativity is, 

” 1 : the quality of being creative

: the ability to create

and further defines “creative,” at least in part 2 of 3, as,

2 : having the quality of something created rather than imitated : imaginative <the creative arts>

and while the further definition of “create” is similar, i thought the info on the “origin of create” further down the page, was particularly interesting :

“Middle English, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare; akin to Latin crescere to grow…

First Known Use: 14th century”

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Implications

“akin to Latin crescere to grow…”

“something created rather than imitated”

“being creative…the ability to create”

there’s much here, it seems to me, with huge implications -

it’s obvious that our current state of being in bodies, is a result of a creative effort, growing something new that’s not merely an imitation

so how’s that fit in with an unchanging soul, immutable and at one with the universe?

not easily it seems ;-)

yet, the paradox of duality may be more an answer than just a perplexing condition of our lives

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Assumptions and Beliefs

i accept that there is oneness in the universe, unchanging, at least from our perspective

yet that oneness allows or wants or initiates diverse creations of changing living and inorganic objects

is it infusing the more-dense less-aware parts of itself it knows it will never lose, with more awareness of itself, as we are all contained within it?

a larger macro of what we attempt to do in breathing and awareness during asanas or other, more off the mat movements?

is it simply what we would perceive as breathing, naturally pulsing with its own life, and we are an expression of that oneness?

maybe some combinations of that and much more?

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i don’t believe it’s possible to know the answers fully, or in a way of thinking or feeling we know all there is – we have to rely and be satisfied, at some point, with faith with what we do think and feel, and thus with what we assume we know…

are the words yoga or art or music or religion or god the things themselves?

maybe parts of that which they are themselves, being signifiers

being details, parts of the whole of what they point to

so, in that respect, i’ve come to believe :

“creativity & yoga aren’t similar, they are of the same breath”

so far, my reasoning, which is an expression of both my feelings and my thoughts, is not only simplistic, but riddled with assumptions and a priori starting points, any of which could be wrong or the views of someone who, if not touching one isolated part of the proverbial huge elephant, is maybe touching one tiny portion of a huge global canvas or sculpture ;-)

but so it must be…

i have to function, i have to live, and i have to go by what i know, right now…

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Mind, Heart, and Intuition – Yoga & Creativity

the gentleman i first learned about meditation from, known as william david before reclaiming his birth name, way back in the early 70s at the esoteric philosophy center in houston’s montrose area (then a hotbed of new age stuff)

he pointed out to me a few things, as i was free-thinking out load about an image,

“that’s your intuition”

“but all i’m doing is thinking…”

“the faster your thoughts, the more they bundle themselves into intuitions”

“i don’t get it, i was just putting ideas together…”

“when you slow down, they are thoughts, ideas…when you leap and jump, they’re intuitions – and when they are tied to your heart, they’re your truths”

i’ve never needed to go past that yet, just understand it within myself better

yoga, creativity, the arts, fitness, life!

they’re like thoughts and intuitions and heart-felt feelings – all of a kind…

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Creativity and Awareness

as i mentioned in my article, “Creativity & Awareness, a Conscious Response to Adaptation in Fitness & Yoga,” i feel creativity is kin with awareness, maybe a conjoined twin in essence -

awareness of…

* the rustle of air filtering past leaves and limbs and hair and eyes

* the now-you-see-it-now-you don’t stars of winking light

* the first smiles of an infant who knows you’re near

* a hand touch when you’re in thought, by someone who thought of you

* an eye blink from star to stars and twinkles in your eye

* words that aren’t the thing but bring them wrapped in language to your heart

* sounds with pictures pulsing in them

* being alone in a mass of others and feeling joined

* knowing each moment would have to be said thought felt but can’t, not yet…

maybe awareness and creativity are similar to the continuum expressed above, between reasoning and individual thoughts, with intuition

it seems, at times, there’s too mad a rush to condemn the mind and thoughts, and yet rush as madly to express, whole-heartedly, that all is one

that appeals to me as little as the scientific-like person who disparages the values of emotion and the heart

neither extreme of being seems to reflect the notion of being more holistic within oneself

so, for now, i’ll continue to value both my mind and my heart, with awareness the mediator and messenger to creativity…

and maybe messaging ;-) between my heart and mind ;-)

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The Artist as a Creative Example

Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v3
Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v3, Original Digital Art, Adan Lerma

Intro, Kindred Spirits

artists, of all stripes, have always been an odd necessity of humanity

even folk not doing typically thought of activities of art, when they are exceptional, or unique, or certainly odd enough to qualify, as if by default ;-) are thought of as artists :

con-artists, beguilers, shamans, dancers in the infield in baseball, great lovers -

below, knowing i’m not beginning to scratch the surface of the artistic talent to choose among, i’ve listed a few of those i’m currently or recently been following, that in the near term, have struck an artistic chord in me, in my integrative efforts

in addition, they tend to be, like me, working both yoga and an art related activity into their mix

so these are currently folks of a kindred spirit for me ;-)

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Emmanuelle - Plans on a Comet

a young lady in europe (brussels and france) into music and yoga and art and photos and dance and teaching

browse her articles, check back on her, do a google search, she’s got a lot to offer

music and yoga seem to be her favorites right now -

with an inquisitive playful turn of mind

if there’s a comet on the site -

it’s emmanuelle!

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Brija, StableRoots

a disarmingly charming interestingly tortured soul near the coast of england, who likes to paint and explore yoga as an awareness toward healing and merging more with her art

honest in turns haunting and humorous

there’s a raw point of emergence visible in her words worth watching

should i admit i see some of the-me of long ago in her words?

i guess so ;-)

wordpress provides some convenient “category” codes for bloggers, and brija has notated some of her articles under her “art category”

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Kara-Leah

based in new zealand, but heard worldwide, i’ve reviewed one of her bio-exploratory-yoga articles on her flagship site, the yoga lunchbox

my byword-feeling for kara-leah, is authenticity

exploring her sites is exploring an authentically articulate voice

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she also has a self titled site focussing on her creative writing work

both sites have featured articles where she’s explored how music is entwined with her yoga

kara-leah’s musings about her creative process, also strike me as familiar ;-)

she recently posted a typically good article on the creative process

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YogaDork

not the typical creative activity most people thing of, like painting or writing or singing -

ms yogadork, as i privately like to call her ;-) works in the creative coal mines of humor ;-)

irreverent and broad in scope, yogadork is a welcome reminder of how silly we can all get about yoga, and all other things human

one of my first ever introductions to this site was very early thing year, to a video spoofing yoga via a production number from the play, “Chicago”

as the article puts it, ” If choreographed yoga has your nadis in a twist, prepare yourself for the Bob Fosse-fied Broadway Musical! It’s Yoga Tango! All jazz hands and breathy ujjayi to the tune ofChicago‘s “Cell Block Tango.”

and still one of my favorite ever!

if you crave a little humor with your yoga once in awhile, then check these guys out ;-)

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Miranda, Studio Mothers

a creative website i’ve only recently come across, miranda is currently in the midst of a project of creating a work of art every day for the month (aedm)

her project for day 5, about herself as a young girl and her father, is exceptionally touching

her site focusses on helping busy mothers be the creative selves they want to be

though of course anyone, including us guys, are welcome ;-)

into painting and collages and more, miranda adds, “And breathing. Breathing is good.”

if you know some of my yoga writings, you know i very much go along with the belief that breathing is fundamental, including creatively

miranda’s site seems a great place to check out if you’re a busy mom – or anyone else ;-)

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Himalayan Institute, “Awakening the Artist

the himalayan institute has provided countless exceptionally clear articles on important aspects of living, such as “Aging Gracefully” -

“Awakening the Artist” follows in that strong tradition

written by karen macklin, who writes, “Artistic expression can be deeply fulfilling, but accessing creativity isn’t always easy” -

with an article subtitle that reads, “Tap into higher inspiration and refine your artistic skills with yogic tools and teachings that empower creative expression”

i gotta agree! mostly ;-)

the need for concentration, and how to develop it if needed, are discussed

as are the needs for “stillness and presence” and awareness and inspiration, breath and discipline, dealing with distracting negative emotions, “to feel free to have joy again in their performances” -

-  Quibbles  -

and yet, as a practicing artist, i’ll have to quibble ;-)

the author, quoting respected yoga teachers :

1) yes, maybe, at first, “The task of the yogic artist is mostly just to get out of the way” -

yet, i believe, eventually, the more fulfilling task is to be in and of “the way”

2) and yes, optimally, “Word, color, or movement choices don’t come from practical considerations—they come from intuition and a deeper place of seeing”

and again, the true solution, for me (an on-going process) is not to disdain practical considerations, but to merge them with intuitive processes (easier said than done)

but don’t think the author is for having the creative person put themselves in a cave, away from others, rejecting recognition

““If you want to really change the world with your work, you may have to make a spectacle with it, and that can be very beautiful. It may be your dharma to be really out there”

-  Bottomline  -

even with my quibbles, if i need to return to roots and re-ground, which happens ;-) then i do need to “get out of the way” and “come from intuition”

so with this, i recommend “awakening the artist” whole-heartedly ;-)

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Susan Maier-Moul, The Magazine of Yoga

i’ve left the magazine of yoga, “an online journal which promotes engaged everyday life as the key principle of freedom” for last -

they have been my first and best lasting stand-by for all things articulated about yoga -

fascia, trainings, interviews, music, poetry, art, and food -

susan the editor-in-chief presents a smorgasbord of ingredients that satisfies, nourishes, and leaves me eager for more (after digesting my current portion of course)

it’s hard to further articulate the vastness of appealing work on the magazine of yoga

i recommend you go to the main page, and cruise down the right side of the page

topic categories with numerous links within each group currently include:

On the Lit Mat * Conversations * 3×5 Practices Index * The Iconic Susan Blood * West Coast Bureau * Four Words * Bodies and Voices * Book Reviews * Poets * Really Healthy * Is Anybody Else Hot? * Music Matters * Written in Pencil * Studio Life * Curvy Literacy * Magofyoga

whew! ;-) yes ;-) 

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Final Thoughts

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Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v4

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Yoga-Adan, What About Me?

i have lots of plans up ahead

my texas to vermont series usually still has a good bead on short, medium, and long-term projects

the trick is, on my part, shifting the term-length of a given desired or needed project, from short to long or vice-versa

the fun is, also for me ;-) is doing exactly that ;-)

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Preparations, Again

in my first texas to vermont post, “preparations,” i needed to prepare for, and accomplish, my wife sheila and mine’s move from to vermont from texas

you may have heard the expression, about things incredible, “that’s a trip!”

well, this was that literally and symbolically ;-)

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right now is similar – though my move this time, is from the state of having decade’s of creative content t0 share, from earlier this year back through the last 40 years -

writings, poems, photos, paintings -

much…

and now move, kicking and screaming, but with eagerness! to a new state of available sharing, courtesy of the new digital age of opportunities

so, like that time period earlier this year, i will continue my site, posting each week, but again, as back then in that may-june period of moving, post more of my creative work (poems, images) and less time-necessary “thought” work ;-)

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“101 Sports Poems” – a Series

the move in-progress right at this moment, specifically, is that of organizing, formating, and presenting, a collection of mini sports poem volumes, comprising 101 original works

this is an important and major move for me

i’ve already presented two ebooks, one representing a sampler of mostly written work, the other an over-view presentation of visual work

now, i return to words, but specifically poetry, and even more to the point, sports poems

sports have been important to me most my life

sports now blends with yoga and thought

it’s an interesting project ;-)

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Details

i intend to concentrate and finish the work necessary to publish the full nine mini sports poem volumes, and the larger full collection of sports poems in those nine segments

kinda sounds like what the article from the himalayan institute was talking about huh?

told ya this stuff was interwoven ;-)

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what i also intend to do, as part of my creative postings, these next necessary number of weeks, is create poetry speaking directly to my interest in yoga in fitness and the arts -

the work i will be preparing for epublication is sports related in poetry form, gently infused with yoga and fitness

the work i’ll prepare and create for postings on my site will be, to start : yoga related to the arts

it’s be a busy creative time, just in time for the holidays ;-)

namaste – con dios – god be with you 

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Yoga Injuries – An Article Recap Pointer, via YogaDork

18 Jan
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Intro

Pros & Cons

i won’t rehash all the various pros and cons of : what kinds of injuries can happen during yoga, why they might happen, when they might happen, if being injured during yoga means it is or isn’t yoga

but i will say i’m really glad people are talking and debating and thinking about it

i’ve had friends and students from texas to vermont, ok, well, from texas and vermont ;-) contact me or tell me they’ve been “in discussion” with their teacher or class about injuries during yoga

so i think that’s great!

The Article

what this article is for, is to point the reader to the best most comprehensive article listing i’ve come across so far

i’ve read “some” of these, and know “some” of the folk involved, digitally anyways ;-)

so yogadork in nyc does a pretty good online job of poking fun of yoga yet providing pretty dependable information to chew on

her article, appropriately named, after a series of like articles from her helped stir the pot the ny times lit a fire under (meaning this issue was always here, just needed heating up), is :

“Complete and Exhaustive Guide: Yoga Community Responds to NYT ‘How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body’”

from this article you can reach a very very wide gamut of opinions and thoughts

folk i’m familiar with and can recommend from my perspective, include jill miller and nancy alder

sites i’m familiar with i’d trust to listen to with an open ear include yoga journal, the kripalu center, recovering yogi, and yoga tune up (the latter also run by jill miller)

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Listening to Yourself for Guidance

Intro

easily the best and most reachable thing for any one of us to do regarding what to do or not do during yoga to prevent injuries and maximize our experience

ok, now, have said that…

i’m gonna say the following, with it meant mostly for seniors like myself, but also anyone of any age who finds things in what i’ll say that appeals to them – not “too” unlikely, we oldsters were youngsters once ;-)

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The Problem With “Listening” to Ourselves

i know that i have “listened” to the wisdom in my body many a time in the past, and got hurt

I know that many people my age have the same lingering doubt about fully trusting themselves, i hear it often in class, over coffee, at the check-out line :

“i figured i could do blah-blah-blah, but i guess (hahaha) i really couldn’t (oohhh, that hurts)”

fully trusting the wisdom in our bodies presumes we know what and how to hear what’s being said, and translate it properly through over half a dozen decades of mis-steps, warnings from others, injuries, and just plain natural accidents

we know we don’t know what condition our condition is in, to paraphrase an old song from “the day” -

how strong or what weak points our spine has -

which joints have lost more mass than we’d realized -

how our muscles has slowed their response time -

how knowing we know more and yet don’t know enough means we’re gonna take longer making decisions which might mean not moving that mis-aligned knee back in place quick enough

there’s some of the above i didn’t even know i needed to know before i got my fitness certifications

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Learning What to Listen For

so i’m not saying not to listen to oneself, one’s personal wisdom, the wisdom nature has ingrained in each of our bodies, or, that it’s not possible to have that kind of wisdom available to us

it is, it’s there, we do have it in us, from birth and before

i truly believe that

but it’s not a turnkey listening experience

we get a lot of static and variant messages as we grow up, as we raise our children, as we continue to age

the trick is to learn what to listen for

and for me, if i’m gonna listen to my body, i need more information about my body

how does it talk to me? when is it serious and when is it playing with me, teasing me to see if i’ve got some gumption?

how do i do this without breaking the message machine, my body?

the trick then becomes how to learn to know what to listen for

folks, things like the article above from yoga-dork, with avenues of offered wisdom, is one route

finding teachers that’ll answer questions in a way you trust that your experience then validates as right for you

doing your own research: reading, dvds, classes – there’s tons of stuff

i’ll tell you right now, i’m not a real dumb person, and i’m interested in my health, and like the idea of developing myself into a better person (that’s the spiritual part ;-) ) – and it’s been a tough go

i’m fortunate i have a wife who’s also interested in all this (actually she got me started on learning more through fitness workshops etc)

you can do it alone, but you don’t have to…

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Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

this is an ebook i put together organizing some of the article i’ve written on this site about fitness, yoga, aging, and creativity

it’s meant to be a nibble-at-it, reference, enjoy-the-poems collection that hopefully leads you to other learnings, your own things to learn, about you

there’s no affiliate links in it, i won’t know you got it unless you tell me, and i don’t offer it on my website

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Final Thoughts

Adan Lerma

i’m enjoying doing fitness and yoga classes with my wife, mostly for seniors -

but also for most anyone who’s de-conditioned, i know what that’s like ;-)

and we’ve surprised a few fairly fit classes we subbed at with what we brought to their fitness class they hadn’t expected, especially in terms of awareness and fitness information

i’m also enjoying doing my photography, and writing my poetry

find what you like to do to be and stay more fit

discover things you like to do

and you’ll be a long way toward listening to your own wisdom, from your body and your soul ;-)

namaste´ – con dios – god be with you

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Do Older People Decide Things More Slowly?

9 Jan
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do older people decide things more slowly?

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Intro

i came across this article, “Who are you calling slow? 70-year-olds can be trained to make accurate decisions as quickly as younger generations” -

and thought, this is another piece of a growing puzzle-image that says, aging doesn’t have to be as bad as most of us have been taught it has to be…

yes, we are aging -

from the moment we’re born -

though, of course, the growth curve when we’re young, certainly out-weighs most sense of aging, at least in the typical sense ;-)

but i think, that’s part of my point, in so many of my articles and posts and free ebook, aging is simply the natural process of changing, almost morphing, into maturation

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“Who are you calling slow? 70-year-olds can be trained to make accurate decisions as quickly as younger generations”

Slow Deciding Not Inherent

the basic premise in the article, i believe, is, older folk are not necessarily slower in making decisions, but have learned to weigh more variable before making a decision…

makes sense ;-)

the article also says, “They [ seniors ] can have reactions as fast as 25-year-olds, a study reveals”

this, then, is a great article pointing out an extremely important piece of information, not only for people already seniors, but anyone planning on aging ;-)

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Fear of Making a Mistake

embedded in this idea, of weigh the variables in a decision more deliberately, i think, is also a learned fear of making a mistake, especially a big mistake

a harmful mistake -

experience does teach us many things, usually ;-)

so, it seems, on my part, that this caution, and weighing of factors to make a decision, may be warranted at times…

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Caution

but what is interesting is, because this well-honored caution may be being applied “too” broadly in our daily activities, we older folk may be taking longer than we “need” to decide “some” things

so, while it is wonderful, and terribly important, to realize, recognize, and accept, that we, as seniors, can and must make some decisions more quickly -

i do believe the factor not mentioned or addressed in the article is: some things maybe should be given more time and attention before deciding

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Deciding Too Quickly Isn’t Always a Virtue

there are many instances where quick action, quick decisions, are not only useful, but also practical – some vital and some mundane : helping someone in dire need, or what type of drink to have with lunch -

yet, the notion, that some things should be given the time needed to be decided, but not given, is not addressed in the article -

and in all fairness, isn’t addressed, in most discussions about slow decision-making, especially by us seniors ourselves

what about being honked by the car behind us when the light is red, we can turn right, but we’re making sure another car isn’t turning in our path? -

and we know that happens once a day at least!  we start to go out into the intersection, and someone darts out and crosses the path we would’ve taken…

what about being pushed by someone behind us in the grocery store when we’re looking for an item, and the person behind us thinks they know where they are heading and also thinks we’re going too slow down the aisle?

and why is it the judgement of what is too fast or too slow, is usually against the person whose speed is different from one’s own?

and going back to the quick decision about what drink to have at lunch, what about  the initial rushing itself, to gobble up food that’s convenient, and quick, but not good for us?

i certainly recall making some decisions rather quickly when i was younger (even last week!) that cost me…

and maybe there’s an embedded-ness in our culture, where we are subconsciously mimicking machines and technology that are really pre-set to operate at full speed and efficiency, without thinking, and shouldn’t even be emulated by the decision-making process?

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Balance

ultimately, i believe, a balance, and a juggling of judgment calls about what needs hurrying, and what doesn’t, is what’s needed, by all of us, young and old(er)

what this article, and the study it refers to does do though, is help remove the idea, especially among older people themselves, people like me, that my decisions will necessarily be slower now, as a factor of simply being physically older

that’s extremely encouraging to me ;-)

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More Reading

it was interesting, in seeing what other articles like this i might find, i found so many!

at the end of this post i’ve placed a number that seem worth seeing and reviewing

many seem to review the same material as this first article i’d found

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Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

nice thing ’bout getting old(er)” is an ebook, of over a dozen postings from my blog here, organized into information i’ve been learning about aging, fitness, yoga, and creativity…

it’s meant to be referred to, and read here and there, nibbled at -

although the poems can be read straight through ;-)

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Final Thoughts

Adan Lerma

keeping active is one of the best ways to keep oneself happy and fit

my activity of choice is yoga, but i also jazzercise with my wife, write poetry, do photography, and paint

i would only encourage you to explore and find those things that are fun for you ;-)

namaste´ – con dios – god be with you

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dVersePoet Prompt : OpenLinkNight – Week 25, Did Someone Mention Charles Bukowski?

3 Jan
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New Beginnings - dVersePoet Prompt : OpenLinkNight – Week 25, Did Someone Mention Charles Bukowski?

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Intro, Charles Bukowski, and Me

the guys and gals over at dversepoets have these open mike invitations, where one can create poems to particular prompts or themes

i’ve tried my hand with a few and like their essay-prefaced prompt calls

this particular invite is an open link night, so anything goes (i think) ;-)

brian, who helps run (runs?) the site, wrote the post-new-year new year’s post, and included a quote from charles bukowski

so i took my cue from that inclusion and did my best hispanic-american young-senior mostly-mild-life impression of who, if you’ve read anything of bukowski’s, was probably closer to what my initial immigrant ancestors’ lives were like, rough ready persistent and, eventually,  would’ve been eminently readable

and for those who do know charles bukowski’s readings, no this is nowhere near, close to, or pretending-ly as “authentic-rough” as he was ;-)

this is just me playing him on the internet -

on a blog ;-)

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brian leaves a much better “taste” of bukowski on his site ;-) with his poem

enjoy!

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Homage to Charles Bukowski

On the Third Day of a New Year

I sat on the glass

of opportunity

til it cracked.

I didn’t want

a glass of it

to spill & stain

my chest.

I don’t want to

sip & think fine

thoughts.

I wanna

guzzle the mouth of

steins set like barrels.

Those aren’t opportunities.

That’s life.

Now buy me a drink.

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Yoga

so much emphasis in yoga is on oneness, i sometimes forget that inclusiveness must not only recognize variety and diversity, but celebrate it

though, in all honesty, i only forget, i feel, for moments ;-)

the teeming-ness of life in our what-seems so homogenous increasingly-global lives, is an easy reminder…

try getting all your friends or family, or your social-media circle of friends to “really” agree on something, you’ll see what i mean (as if you don’t know this already!)

diversity, i believe, in our oneness, is part of what drove charles bukowski

he couldn’t live otherwise than how he was -

yet, it seems to me, he not so much wanted “in” - as felt he already was in -

and why didn’t other people see that ;-)

that’s the way i think we are today in our world today -

we’re already one, but don’t always believe it…

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Final Thoughts

happy  new new-year’s day-3 everyone!

soon we’ll be one week in, and no going back ;-)

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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dVersepoets Prompt : New Beginnings – Bookmarks in a Larger Book

1 Jan
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New Beginnings – Bookmarks in a Larger Book : Original Inspirational Poetry for New Years Day.  Also linked in response to dVersepoets.com site’s new year’s post, “poetics – endings & beginnings”

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Intro

happy new year everyone!

the idea of the poems is, yes, new years is a new beginning, but also has continuity

there seemed, all of a sudden, so many ways i could express this, but they each led to differing modes of image-expression and line-usage, and i had to make a choice

kinda like at new years ;-)

here’s wishing all the best to all of us!

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New Beginnings – Bookmarks in a Larger Book

love

when i get things right

the first time

no

retries or second third guessing

gestated full-winged, sharp-eyed, tuned

to the world – ready for flight

allowing me to move on

new years day

is like that

no retries or second guessing

it’s a new year’s new day

even in

mid sentence mid

kiss

mid breathe

it’s new

we’ve made it official

the corner page has been curled and pressed, marked

the ereader’s red bookmark has been selected

the gifted favored bookmark found special

among other choices left unchosen

makes it most official

within the flow of the fuller life, the larger book

this page in our stories, is a new beginning

done right, the first time, the first day

i’ve begun anew

officially

i can love that

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma

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Joe Konrath, Resolutions for Writers 2006-2012

whether you’re interested in writing, or the sudden evolution into ebooks with ereaders the last few years, this is fascinating reading from a writer’s writer

“Every December I do a post about resolutions for writers, and every year I add more of them” begins this years new years resolution post from joe konrath

joe is a self-described genre fiction writer

the resolutions posted, from 2006 through the newest one for 2012, are as enthralling as a work of fiction, yet totally true “and” provide a blow-by-blow historical account of the changes in the publishing industry, from a writer’s pov

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dVersepoets New Year’s Post, “Poetics – Endings & EBeginnings”

thought i should be used to it by now, i continue to be amazed at the quality of essay prefacing the prompt for a particular theme created by a working poet from dversepoets

from the essay, by Mark Kerstetter

“Do you, at the end of the year, think about the past or the future?…Perhaps…the present moment is all that we ever have, and it is the poet’s province to memorialize this place: always here, and always unique…we walk forward with eyes in the backs of our heads….”

included in the essay is a beauty of a photo, a poem from conrad aiken, and a youtube audio with the vinyl cover of a young sinatra (as if frank was ever old ;-) )

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Yoga

so many times i forget, that all my turns and twists and new beginnings, no matter how disparate, end up linked chapters in the larger book that’s my life

everything i’ve done colors everything i think and feel, the mix and mixes mixing like air currents finding where their boundaries dissolve and blend merging into something new, for another while

i find that kinda comforting, though i thought, when first thinking this, i wouldn’t

that i’d resent the losing of the moment remembered -

my moments are still moments, i realize, they just keep connecting to other moments, making up the larger moment that’s the living of my life

i wonder, if that’s, sorta at least, how my one life, becomes one…

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happy new years everyone ;-)

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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