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Bird on a Fence

Article Outline

Intro

  • Uh Oh
  • About My Selection Below
  • “Trance of Scarcity” – Review on Magazine of Yoga
  • Teachasana Article – “Creating a Pre-Class Ritual”
  • Active & Passive Creativity / Intent
  • Emmanuelle – Plans on a Comet, Daily Intentions

Excerpt from “101 Sports Poems Vol 5″

  • From the Creative Poetry Writing Workbook Project
  • Intent
  • Setting Up – Winning
  • Scarcity
  • Sports
  • Creativity

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Intro

Uh Oh

i hadn’t been able to get to this, an article i’ve been wanting to write, because i’ve so much else i also been wanting to write, and need to, such as my series of ebooks, the ability to finally, as with a blog, post one’s collective self out to share

in this case, several decades of creative work, especially written work (vs paintings & photos)

i’d been so intent (my choice to focus on my ebooks so significant for me) i’d forgotten this article was already scheduled for today, and went up for viewing early this morning -

like the skeleton of a bldg set up for sale without word on the signage, that the shell of a building was still in-progress and not yet fit to be lived in ;-)

yes, my time, by my choice, was scarce, but i should’ve been more attentive

was it ironic that scarcity and intent were my chosen subjects in this article?

or just plain crazyserendipity?

both? all three?!?

also ironic, if not equally crazy and serendipity! is my image above – of a bird on a fence, its body facing toward one field, its head turned toward the field opposite?

just lucky i think ;-)

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About My Selection Below

below is an excerpt from Vol 5 of my “101 Sports Poems” series

i do have all the sports poems in one simple volume now, “The Poems” and offer the mini volumes (and eventually another full edition, but with all the “stuff” in the mini’s) as an alternative with commentary, personalizing templates, and (becoming) most important to me, the creative writing workbooks (on poetry) -

where i blab even more about creativity and things yoga and fitness ;-)

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“Trance of Scarcity” – Review on Magazine of Yoga

below, as i started to stay ;-) is an excerpt from Vol 5

i’d been thinking about this as part of the continuity of my series of creativity writing projects in the ebook series, and how i’ll eventually also just publish an ebook of the creative writing sections, when i came across a nice little article on the magazine of yoga

the trance of scarcity” reviewed by tali koziol, written by victoria castle, has a lot of ideas i like

the book itself, is about unlearning our thinking that “we are not enough” -

as tali in her review says,

“I think like all good plans the changes will have to be subtle, take it one day at a time as it were. More specifically I will need to start incorporating this shift from feeling inadequate or out of time and energy into different areas of my life, one at a time….”

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scarcity, as a reality, is something i speak to below in my ebook excerpt, and yet also, i maintain that things aren’t as scarce as they need be

my feeling is, scarcity is not a necessity, for something (or someone) to be valued

creative value can be found repeatedly, with confidence -

and, that intent is instrumental in that process…

plus, choices must happen…

will happen…

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Teachasana Article – “Creating a Pre-Class Ritual”

linda nutter snay has a nice article, with lots of concrete suggestions, of the desirability of creating some sort of pre-class routine or ritual, that focusses the (yoga) teacher and thus helps create a better class for students

can’t really argue with that, so i posted a comment, saying,

“can only add, that -

“from my experience, if even being or becoming centered, esp in both mind and body, doesn’t feel firm, don’t fret, just setting myself into the idea of ‘intent’ – seems to eventually find me a way to an intent

“anyway, thanks again, great ideas on pre-class breaths, asanas, music, etc; helps in many creative endeavors, and yoga’s definitely creative ;-)

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in my creative writing workbook projects, in my sports poetry ebooks, i basically advocate something similar, though with a progression that, near the end, leads into more writing specific ideas, such as idea-pov, and 1st vs 3rd person

the idea of a pre-anything-important-to-you routine or ritual crosses into many aspects of people’s varied activities

learning about it one area, makes it easier to learn to apply those ideas to other interests, whether in fitness yoga or the creative arts

linda’s article on teachasana, i believe, could be useful for most anyone in any field

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Active & Passive Creativity / Intent

if one chooses to believe one is a passive yet receptive creative person, like a channel of some sort, that’s fine with me, but it’s not a requirement or only way for creative choices to happen

one can, i believe, actively set oneself to be creative, passively or actively

and that :

  • determining that scarcity is not necessary for something to be valuable, is active
  • deciding there is no scarcity in one’s creativity, is active
  • focussing oneself “as” intent itself, is active

at least in my experience anyway -

as able, i like both, to give and receive ;-)

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good example is the title of this article, and the image i chose for it -

the title includes the word “intent” and so kinda obscures my point, but if the title had “just” said “scarcity” this would still be as true – that here, my intent was there from the start

yet, with my “bird on the fence” photo, it had been left in a folder for another article, unused, but was literally haunting me, with its diagonal split of the screen and colors, lights darks and greys reaching into each other, the budding vines on the chain link, and that bird!

it could well have become aware of me watching it with my camera and mind-heart’s eye, breathing myself to wait for maybe a moment like that!

well, that image, was a “holding of intent” without a specific conscious intent -

this is something very important to me, and most of us, i think, that try to create art (or moments) -

the faith that simply holding a space-holder of sorts, of intent for intent, works -

i explore some of this in my creative writing project excerpt below

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Emmanuelle, Plans on a Comet, Daily Intentions

if you’re interested in a creative approach to developing daily intentions, you might want to check out emmanuelle’s interesting new project, “Little Guidebook of Daily Intentions

check out how she puts it,

“you will have pretty tools for mindful living to awaken your awareness in 5 minutes a day, beautiful pics, and a lot of fun. Inspiration doesn’t have to be boring”

this from a young lady in europe who also writes “music matters” posts for the magazine of yoga

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Excerpt from “101 Sports Poems Vol 5″

From the Creative Poetry Writing Workbook Project

please note: a bit of formatting has been changed to better fit the blog format

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Welcome, to our fifth and mid-point Creative Poetry Writing Workbook project.

I decided to place the volume about inspiration in the middle of the nine sports poems ebooks, as both a pause and re-start of our creative writing efforts.

Previous projects had pre-writing exercises involving a three minute breathing routine, limbering, and a mobility. Today’s starter will involve intent.

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Intent

We can “do” creative writing without a conscious or dedicated intent, and we can “find” intent in the doing. Here, we will allow a few moments, minutes, however time each person needs (in a class setting, a set time would be given) to sit quietly.

If possible, and if the reader knows the previous pre-writing exercises, they can be done before or after today’s focus on intent. Sequencing is important, but in this case, not the end all. Here the creative process is our end-all.

Also, don’t worry about having a specific intent during this exercise. My own experience, in writing or painting, is that yes, having a specific intent is certainly helpful, but many many times I don’t have or maybe I don’t know my intent yet. Sure, it may be there, deep in my soul and combined experience, but part of the creative process itself, is just finding that intent.

So if you don’t have or know an intent you might want for your creative process, then a gently loosely comfortably held intent of “finding” your intent, is more than good enough. Literally. Finding your intent may be necessary. And may come quickly, or slowly.

I’ve read of authors who find their plot line or story from focussing on some one key, a character, a spoken line, a descriptive passage. And from there, by staying in process, solutions and discoveries are found. ;-)
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Setting Up

Winning

“Winning” is our chosen poem for today’s project.

The act or desire of winning has many connotations in our culture. Both positive and negative.

We can and will choose to focus on how “winning” will be positive in our lives. Win-win would be a good way to think of it.

Other tidbit phrases might be, “we are all winners” – “my winning harms no one” – “my winning benefits all” – the idea is to phrase the feeling of winning as positively as is humanly possible within our personal frame work of values.

Winner-take-all is not a necessary attitude. Neither is “survival of the fittest.”

Being creative, is not a zero sum game. And surviving being creative does not mean others aren’t or can’t be creative also.

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Scarcity

To be clear, yes, there have been and are instances of true scarcity. During emergencies where supplies are cut off. When a new medicine or technology is being ramped up and doesn’t met necessary or even life-saving demand.

When we humans hadn’t gotten full control of our living environment, away from competing fellow creatures, animals, without the capacity to live peacefully with us, there was scarcity via the threat to our existence, a scarcity of live survival.

As we eliminated threats from species outside ourselves, we seem to have carried the habit and fear of scarcity into do-or-die raids by one civilization on another, or a perceived scarcity of co-existence of peoples, such as with the nazis.

Regardless of desirability or practicality, there’s little question we can grow enough food for everyone on the planet. Which, though, doesn’t address the issue of distribution of and labor of creating that food. Or housing. Someone has to cook and clean and grow and build things. We haven’t solved “how” to do that, but physically, it’s doable. But we also seem to realize, not at any cost, such as forced labor, or caste systems, or slavery.

The scarcity of scarcity, so to speak, will be the underlying most important driving force in human culture, i believe, through the rest of my lifetime.

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Sports

Sports, as I’ve mentioned in other portions of these creative writing projects, are a wonderful creative invention by humanity. No one has to die, or not be able to come back, if they wish and are able.

Non-winners of the “top” prize or of being the “final one standing” are not exempt from benefiting from increased public exposure, applying their experience to lateral or new ventures, or even benefiting from “just talking” about their experience.

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Creativity

And nature seems to have “built-in” the necessary feeling of scarcity right into our bodies and minds through time – we age. We get injured. We get tired. We feel resistance to being able to be creative.

This internal “game” of creativity arises in two ways at least.

One, there is the felt resistance to finding the right word, right sequence of those words, their intonation and rhythm. Their beat and pulse.

Success comes as one finds the creative solution. One’s creative solutions also “create” a sort of muscle memory within our integrated selves that work together to get to our fun solution. ;-) This makes it easier to create along the same lines next time, which in turn, “can” lead to a second type of internal creative resistance.

Two, this second form of internally felt block to feeling creative, of being in a “rut” arises from doing and feeling and creating the same “thing” over and over.

In the muscle memory article above, I linked to another article on my site where I found and noted references and information via fitness theory and practice, that varying one or more of three components, time – intensity – frequency – helps one regain improvement in one’s physical exercise programs.

Applied to creativity, as most things within us in one activity are connected to other activities we do, several things seem to emerge for me.

One, practice will eventually produce results because the effort to create satisfying creative results builds roads I can more easily and confidently travel on.

Two, those roads can become ruts if repeated too exactly each time they’re traveled.

And three, the roads can still be traveled productively, if efforts (conscious or intuitive) to vary time elements, intensity points, and frequency intervals, can be carried out. Singularly or in any combinations.

There are folk who, without boring themselves or others, seem to produce the same style or type of work, over and over. They must’ve found the solutions. The variations. Minute or as grand as they might be. ;-)

We will do a mini-intent-practice below, after reviewing the poem, “Winning.”

If you haven’t had the chance to read “Winning” yet, please do so now.

It helps, I believe, to get a non-analytical “feel” reaction first.

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“winning” – the poem, is posted separately today in a second article

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my excerpt above continues in Vol 5 with a series of short writing projects meant to help one experience the emergence or awareness of intent -

and, that “winning” is something built into how we live every moment -

that winning doesn’t mean a comparable loss elsewhere -

though there are choices, and time constraints

as i’ve experienced writing this post ;-)

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Final Thoughts

Adan Lermaintent, whether in yoga or sports or simply getting up in the morning (as if that’s always simple) -

can, i believe, be already present, as a conscious need or want, right from the beginning of a practice or creative session -

or it can be discovered during the process…

and doing so, is a “win” for us – a playful positive win that doesn’t have to hurt anyone

or deprive anyone, or deplete anything…

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the bird on the fence may not be sure which way to fly, but it won’t “run out of songs” chirping its tunes all day ;-)

fitting each song to the moment at hand, or wing ;-)

and neither will we…

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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Winning – Original Sports & Inspirational Poetry

29 Nov
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Winning

In the long long course

of a life fully lived,

the process of

the game

of daily doings,

making a living, loving another,

is ample reward onto itself.

But

in the short haul, when

you’re down in the mud, a foot

on your face – on your last strike -

down to your last penny or check

 with no credit in sight -

the wind in your face, the seams

pulling apart…well, then -

winning’s a whole

night’s shooting stars

of a lot better.

© 1997 – 2011 adam light creations / felipe adan lerma

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Final Thoughts

i’ve written another article, also for today, “scarcity and intent in creativity, thoughts” and felt, as the essay is bit involved, the poem would present better on its own page

my bird on a fence photo is used for both postings, and has a much more “involved” meaning once the other article’s also read ;-)

but as with most things, at least when dealing with people, that’s us! there’s more than one interpretation and use for most the things we observe, much as we like to think and feel there’s “only one way”

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the bird, here, in this instance, in relation to this poem, is simply determining which direction to take, where he’d “win” the most, survival, food, environmental enjoyment

but then, i’m just projecting this onto this cute bird ;-)

i do believe, though, ultimately, there is only one way, only that it’s too big or complex or maybe even holy for us to more than grasp at it, though grasp we must ;-)

if people perish without a dream, there’s no dream, i believe, without the grasping…

and winning the small doings of each day, is huge…

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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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

it can be unsettling, and it can be inspiring -

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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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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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 ;-)

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Intro
 
Process
 
Reflections
 
Tidbits from Yesterday
 
Final Thoughts
 
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Intro

yesterday was quite a day!

it was my birthday of course ;-)

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Adan & Sheila at Class Lunch

Adan & Sheila at Class Lunch

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which i took full advantage of by saying so at the beginning of my balance and yoga article yesterday, having a second glass of wine with my wife in the evening, going to lunch with the folk in our morning senior class, publishing my first ebook on amazon, and getting more calls emails texts facebook replies and hugs than i usually do in a month!

today, as is my wife and i’s custom, i’ll “extend” my birthday

after all, life, and birthdays, are a process ;-)

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Process

it’s not much a secret that “most” yogic traditions, and really most spiritual religions i’m familiar with, portray life and any road back to god or heaven or oneness, as a process

even lightening moments of enlightenment wouldn’t mean one didn’t then have to live whatever was seen or gleamed, each day…every day….ohhhhh……

and birthdays are, i suspect, no exception

but this can be a good thing!

the “tradition” of extending birthday celebrations is, i think, a reflection of that

and reflections, thoughts, is what today’s post is really about

i had the great fortune of having a great day yesterday, and i’ve mentioned many of the highlights in the intro, so what does all that mean, today?

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Reflections

* that it was so nice to have so many friends and family, many many miles away, reach out

* that modern communications mitigate “some” of being away from loved ones and good friends, but those same exchanges also whet my appetite to keep those folks close

* that there’s a flow to process, ups and downs, speed-ups and slow-downs, and each is necessary for the other to happen

* that celebrating is good, but sure does lead to a lot of reflecting

* that feeling good carries the seed memory now that “this too shall pass”

* that the ebbing of a great feeling, in yes, inevitable, but can also be a relief and return of the flow back into the banks of the river of one’s life

* that, like muscle memory, great memories are easier to accept the next time around, and less threatening when the energy diminishes, knowing that, with rest, more good stuff of life can be enjoyed

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Youngest Granddaughter's Frig Art!

Youngest Granddaughter's Frig Art!

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i was so exhausted by 10 pm est, i missed the last call of the night from the three youngest granddaughters, but now have calling them back today to look fwd to ;-)

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Tidbits from Yesterday

** my son asking me if i felt stronger and better now than 10 years ago when i was 51, and being able to, with a tiny bit of surprise-remembrance, “yes!”

** sheila writing in one of my cards from her, “congratulations on your ebook sampler – creativity from the past made contemporary!”

** sheila and i joking that i am now in my “e-career” !!!

** sheila and i, thinking about communications now, deciding that “significant other” and “better half” should give way in today’s world, to my “24-7″ – we liked that one a lot ;-)

** my middle sister (i’m the oldest) writing on fb, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVEN MOM REMEMBERED SOMEONES BDAY WAS TODAY BUT COUND NOT REMEBER WHOS!!!!!!!!! LOL”

** xxxxxxxxxx

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Final Thoughts

the nice thing about something being a process, with bumps “up” and bumps “down” is -

process lasts longer ;-)

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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“balance is the effort to entertain our personal tilt without falling”

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Happy Birthday to Me!

  • Being a Libra
  • Balance, Then
  • Balance, Now

Examples

  • Physical
  • Balance is a Living Act

Yogic Balance, Out in the World

My Favorite Moment of Balance

Final Thoughts

  • Prioritizing Balances
  • Back to Innocence

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Happy Birthday to Me! ;-)

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Adan at Table with Light from Window

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sheila captured this image with the light coming through the window at skinny pancake here in burlington

the decorative bottle must’ve brought us good light ;-)

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it might seem silly to have an article with a title that includes both balance and yoga, and yet be a “tidbit” post ;-)

but this is my tidbit birthday gift to myself ;-)

today i crack into the 60’s!

i’m 61! today!! yay!!!

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Being a Libra

i’ve always told myself my astrological sign didn’t “really” mean anything, and i long ago quit buying libra calendars and reading my daily horoscope in the paper

but the idea of libra, of balance, weighing pros and cons, desires and aversions -

that has remained with me, and lately, i’ve come to embrace it -

though, to tell the truth, more like an icky thick sweat shirt hug with hands not pressing anything to tightly ;-)

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Balance, Then

ok, here’s the main course

since i can remember, before i’d heard about astrological signs, or even spoke english, and thought “libre” meant “free” rather than balance, i was always searching for the counter-weight to ideas -

this led to a running raucous dialog with my dad, who i realize now, entertained my endless questioning and back & forth arguments with a patience i just didn’t understand (but now quietly thank him for)

equality was a driving force in my feelings and thinking, i even searched out and read the constitution of the united states when i was about 12, but that immediately led to my literal application of my inherent right to happiness, and that didn’t sit too well, with either of my parents ;-)

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Balance, Now

oh, i still like to argue sides, many a patient blogger has given me patient leeway in my thoughts -

but rather than feeling that “balance” is the equal positioning of the wheel in all directions, forward & backward plus side to side, so that it may roll without wobble, i now (recently) view balance differently

balance is now the counter effort thought activity feeling intent movement that allows me to maintain the “leaning” i’m more favoring at any given time

notice i’ve given myself lots of wiggle room to change my “leaning” and thus what and how i’d need to balance ;-)

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Examples

Physical

if i’m gonna enjoy dancer’s pose, playfully, i still first have to find that day’s – “today’s” balance, which may mean i need to wear shoes, or use a chair, or hold a lower center of gravity, or stay stretched upward and leg-curled longer

so, if i’m using a chair with a one-hand balance at the back of the chair with one hand, and my free hand holding my free-hand-side foot, if i need to feel gravity, my weight, or a grounding, i’m not so much concerned with pulled my lifted left up or outward -

my “balance” that day is a sort of hunkering down, probably to regain or reset my physical balance (and maybe my mental or emotional balances too, depending what’s been going on)

then say i’m feeling playful, kinda light hearted anyways, and wanna play ;-) -

ok, now my balance is staying “hunkered” yet allowing myself to still be playful in this less stretched less reaching posture -

my emotional playful-need balancing has to counter-weight my gravity-grounding-need balancing

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Balance is a Living Act

balance then is not simply a set ratio of extended and curled limbs, unresponsive to heart and mind urges for creative expression of being alive, and yet centered -

balance is the counter-weighting of multiple concerns that can vary day-to-day, morning to evening, year to year even

core and back may need more tensile input into the length and duration of the pose’s dance

mind and heart may have other needs – as may a child or significant other

balance is a living act -

in essence i must find, or discover, or allow to appear, that which will balance my intent -

did i want to stretch in dual directions and feel the sky touch the soil?

or did i want to feel my core fine tune my limbs like time touching a sunset?

so much is possible in dancer’s pose just balancing interests!

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Yogic Balance, Out in the World

much has come up recently about what essentially is a question of how does one balance one’s life between personal and social good

yoga modern, via an intriguing article from carol horton, just this week, asked just, “has yoga created a culture of escape?” with a subtitle on the site’s opening page, of, “refuge and renewal vs. escape and denial.”

it’s especially intriguing to me, because i remember standing at the front doorway of the esoteric philosophy center in houston at the beginning of the 70s with the director, bill dimitri, the two of us watching a large group of hari krishnas chant on the large long front lawn (that i’d mow occasionally in exchange for being to attend meditation classes there) -

and i remember distinctly saying how those kids (folk my own age then of course ;-) ) were just escaping from having to think!

and bill smiled, waited a bit, and said, “they’re still just innocent…”

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another look, but at those at the occupied zones helping bring up conversation about the balance of individual and social action, is nicely written by caryn mirriam-goldberg, poet laureate of kansas, in her article, “What Democracy Looks Like Today at Occupy Wall Street: Everyday Magic, Day 426“.

images and vignettes are given and the sense of the innocence and well-meaning of the people there seems authentic and real

my comment posted there is as i’ve voiced regularly recently, that some media attention to the historical perspective to the 60s and earlier movements, would help people see this is a continuing effort stretching back way before my time ;-)

and hopefully provide some buffer to probable inevitable backlash, which is natural, since nothing moves in a straight line, even light evidently ;-)

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this is the same concern, i’d been voicing “back in the day”

and anyone with some historical and media grit, could probably point out the countless recurring times just since the last 1800s, that it was questioned as to whether yoga was inducing escapism

the split among the new world colonies in the 1600s, between those who were stringent believers in hard work and no play, vs those who thought a little time in the new world sun might do a body good, probably ended up in a similar “face off”

and didn’t the greeks sport a similar divide among themselves?  apollo and dionysus?

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my point, regarding yogic balance, isn’t that the whole question of which type of potential escapism, social involvement or self involvement is “the” escapism, but rather that neither is -

yogic balance, for me, as i mentioned in the beginning, is the tilting of the scales of one’s activities, so as to maintain balanced enough to continue the main activity one wants to do

so, maybe, wanting quiet time to write or paint or sing or simply sit and watch the sun and clouds, alone or with a significant other, might require some approving of the tweaking of the tax code or how our elected representative “represent” us -

and yet, wanting to be intimately and intricately involved in the day to day operations of how people can get along, the law, might just as well in turn require reflection and a responsiveness to one’s internal needs

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yogic balance, it seems, is as much a spiritual-mental-emotional act, as it is standing on one foot with the other curled behind and held by the hand not stretched out reaching for the not-so-low-hanging-fruit of inspiration

it’s hard to express, and maybe caryn’s ending words in her article noted above says it best,

“The rest of the world, just as I had left it, wasn’t configured the way of the occupation, so no wonder that the main criticism everyone has about this movement has to do with how little of it translates into clear soundbites. But then, that’s why there is an occupation in the first place: to be the change so many of us seek.”

and of course, being the change, can, and must be doable, well, anywhere…

eventually ;-)

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My Favorite Moment of Balance

my mom had gone to the museum of fine arts in houston with sheila, my middle sister, and myself, to see an art show and give her a chance walk somewhere’s different

mom’s quite a walker

anyway, we’d seen the impressionist exhibit traveling through town, and were meandering among the renaissance work where i knew there’d be religious art she’s always enjoying standing in front of

we were in a particularly long room, the west side of an upper floor of the newer wing of the museum, and i noticed mom had stopped wandering from painting to painting, and settled herself, arms crossed, feet planted, in front of what looked like a last supper rendition

the painting was sebastiano ricci’s 1720 “last supper”

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one by one, the three of us “younger folk” ;-) made our way to my mom’s side and peered to see what she saw so differently she was magnetized there

“you like that one, mom?”

“si”

sheila chimed in, “it’s beautiful isn’t it?”

then my sister, “a lot like the famous one”

“mira,” says my mom, “la mujer tiene ropa para limpiar”

i looked and looked and saw it, the woman to the left from our view, holding a laundry basket of wash, watching the goings on of the last supper

then my mom pointed to the plates of food, and added, in english, grinning and chuckling, “somebody has to do the cleaning”

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we all have a part to play in making / creating / being creative change in our world

my quote from the end of my article i posted about this, “my mom at the museum,” shortly after her 84th birthday, still holds for me today,

“if yoga is, partially at least, the development of a balanced sense of the importance of all facets of our life, then my mom, devoutly catholic, has made that attribute her own

yoga, it seems, like oneness, as part of oneness, is like the air -

no one owns it, we all need it….”

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Final Thoughts

Adan Lerma

Prioritizing Balances

i was intending to make a short video about dancers pose, to add to my just budding youtube channel of, for now, “playing around” videos

but have come up across several self-imposed deadlines :

finishing this article for my birthday -

finishing my 1st epublishing project, also for my birthday

creating a video would jeopardize one or both of the “finishings” ;-)

the video can wait, and be a looked-forward-to project for me, hopefully in the near future

choices have to be made -

and we do what we can that best balances what is needed, for us and for others

my mom knew this ;-)

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Back to Innocence

and maybe the psychological point of balance, mine anyways, is when, somehow, through the balancing of the tilts and sways and seesaws, the “the effort to entertain our personal tilt without falling” as i put it at the beginning of this post, is finding and keeping a point of innocence

much as i concluded in my post on baseball and yoga

much as i saw in my child in “angel baby

much as i hope we retain each day

balanced-ly of course ;-)

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when i was five or so, my dad took me to my first live baseball game, to see the then houston astros as the houston colt 45’s, i remember being surprised the seats were long wooden benches and not seats like i’d seen in pictures (little tv back then), and how strange it felt sitting outside under a night sky with so many people i didn’t know, and that balls could actually be hit to our area and we could keep them if we caught any!

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when my dad took me to my first houston astros game in the astrodome, i missed most the game staring and studying the overhead dome gridwork, eating too many hotdogs, and being amazed by the distances i could see across to the other sides of the field where huge amounts of other people sat

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i applied my first eligible year to peeewee league at our neighborhood park, and answered, when asked if i knew how to play baseball, “of course! i’ve seen the colt 45’s play!” – and i always felt the smile i got from the umpire-coach meant i was right ;-)

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then promptly admitted i had a “few” things to learn about baseball though, when, as we were all asked if we were right or left-handed, i figured that meant the hand i caught with (rather than threw with; weren’t they asking to give us gloves after all?) and got the wrong handed glove!

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remember, after playing my first three years on a winning team as a sub on the bench, my fourth year (age 9 or ten?) got on a solid losing team, was told we couldn’t “win them all” with which i responded, “but do we need to lose them all?

the answer? it was up to us!

what?!?! what about the coaches, and angels, and being good at home and to my younger brother and sister?

nope, up to us!

ok….

i couldn’t catch balls in the far outfield very well, and often balls got through between my legs in the infield, but i seemed to be able to pitch at times, especially when i started slowly (warmed up) and got into a smoother grove

but i was small, and couldn’t get the ball to go as fast or hard as the other kids, hard as i tried with practice and by mimicking the older bigger kids

so i learned a little trick

i could wind-up from a tight tense ball of a person, and kick my leg high, and follow-through off the hill in a ferocious figure of power -

but release the ball with a twist and only enough strength to get it to the plate, where the ball would drop from lack of speed

we won our only game of the season at the end, and was carried off the field

ok, so maybe my sport career peaked at pre-puberty, but we didn’t lose them all, and i learned things i’m still processing five decades later ;-)

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i was home (mildly) sick most the 1960 world series, and watched the yankees and pirates play one of the acknowledged most exciting championship series ever played

the yankees would clobber the pirates by huge margins (16-3, 12-0) and the pirates would squeak out close wins

names like vernon law, elroy face, roberto clemente, and of course bill mazeroski, created an image of individual greatness playing as a team i can never forget – the imprint, to this day, triggers my taking a huge (3 part natural yogic) breath ;-)

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i’d long ceased playing baseball, though i still followed it with thin hopes for the astros, when, as a late teen, freshly married and with one child, a prof at the junior college i went to at night introduced me to a few people my age who were studying esoteric stuff, meditating, and learning about the theosophical society and alice bailey

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my first group meditation, in chairs formed into an oval that fit us all into the hall-room of the old house in montrose in houston, was satisfyingly similar and familiar to me, reminding me of rituals i’d grown up with and loved in the old latin based catholic church, mantras incense bells pomp and circumstance ;-)

we’d sit and breathe and meditate and oohhmmm our way into closed eyed pathways of visualized sound-waves of colors not yet seen on displays not yet invented

the sound, our sound, would rise and fall like a river flowing over beds at times hard and fast, and others glowing slowly in a texas summer night’s cooled air

we could sense, we’d say, notes felt secretly familiar to each of us, and chase or follow those notes like birds swaying in wisps of air only they could feel

we’d wake starry-eyed and grinning, knowing we’d climbed and sprung the fences round yards of being we could only quietly pass through unseen

it was magical for a while, for a good while -

but like the days of childhood baseball, our circle of cosmic cousins went our own ways as we continued to grow and know more of what we’d be, if we would, if we followed our hearts – while it seemed our minds were still just watching, wondering what we were up to ;-)

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my first asanas were about that same time as those now-it-seems-so-brief few years of yogic innocence

a couple of people in our “group” also had air time on a now long gone public radio with a tiny office in the basement of an old now also-gone downtown houston bldg; one of them was this kinda hefty (it seemed) ultra quiet guy who offered yoga classes for a buck (which was worth a lot more then!)

i was super curious what a class would be like and finally talked myself into asking if i could drop in, and did

the address was a little disappointing, a garage apt with thick wood steps needing paint leading to the promised exercise nirvana; and the space was a tiny living area, already nearly filled with blankets and mats laid out when i arrived

this was the end of the sixties, start of the seventies, and incense and background music that sounded indian was no big deal, standard fair at most the clubs and party houses

but the host, the quiet radio-hour meditation group member was also heavily into classical music, so when it was time to begin, a tiny bell chimed, a bit more incense burned, and the music shifted into something dating closer to mozart

the poses were all slowly created, then held for what felt a few reincarnations; my breath eventually eased, and i melted into the motion of stillness

like a truly wonderful massage, i wanted more than just an hour ;-)

so i returned a few times, but the guy had stuff going on in his life, and the garage apt yoga meeting spot broke up

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friends recommended a few “gurus” around the montrose area, but no one had been to any of them: too expensive, too demanding of allegiance, or too highly regimented to appeal, so i left my taste of asana at the door of my future, and went back to just our meditation groups for the next few years

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i never did return to playing baseball, preferring to enjoy something my smaller size allowed, dancing of course, running and jogging, before falling out of fitness for over a decade, until i rescued myself with jazzercise valentines day (my wife’s birthday) 2001

and i never returned to yoga, until i came across a denise austin dvd with a ten minute stretching segment filled with pose after pose

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so what does, that it’s summer, with beer baseball and the all-star game on tap, have to do with yoga, and all these memories?

i wasn’t really sure, but knew if i wrote this piece, and worked through the memories that kept coming up when i asked myself how baseball and yoga could be related, i would find my answer

they share my innocence -

the scent of suddenly sensed flowers on a patchy sidewalk binds my memories of yoga and baseball

i have nothing else, a scent – baseball and yoga evoke the same pleasant reminder-feeling that there is something good i won’t lose -

even when i pay no mind, even when my heart is elsewhere

something good beyond my thoughts and feelings

it’s me, somewhere

somehow

;-)

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recently, i posted my comments, with further thoughts, to an article written by j brown on yogadork

the question of adaptation by the body, was brought up, and, in many circles, keeps coming up

ie, we get used to doing what we’re doing physically, especially exercise of any sort, and it becomes easier and more of a maintenance of our fitness than a further enhancement

should we do more reps – should we be pushing or playing our edge?

if so, how, or should we, deal with that?

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Definition

adaptation, or being adaptable, as teachers, students, or with ourselves, in an emotional or mental or spiritual sense, is a different application and definition of the term, as provided by merrian webster online :

“the act or process of adapting : the state of being adapted

in fitness theory, one’s body adapts to the level of exertion placed upon it, and needs further increases in duration, frequency, or intensity, to feel further benefits in fitness

so, again, how, or should we even, deal with that?

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Suggestions

i suggest two things :

Re Maintaining

1) maintaining one’s health or fitness status, is not bad!

Adan Lerma

Adan Lerma

depending on my own circumstances, there are times when this is a darn good achievement

depending on any one person’s individual circumstances, this could be necessary, barely doable, or just plain desirable – there should be a time to just enjoy what one has learned, or a level of activity one has gotten to be able to do, i think ;-)

it’s also true, that at some tipping point of aging, doing the same level of exertion will actually, even if slowly so, become harder and harder! thus negating some of having to worry about increasing one’s routines or efforts to gain further fitness

j brown, in his article mentioned above, also addresses whether an unending improvement in one’s fitness is even desirable in yogic terms; it’s a good read

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Re Enhancing

2) an unending upward curve in improving one’s fitness may not be natural, even if desirable, which i kinda doubt ;-)

for instance, even professional sports athletes have an off-season!

but my role model that seals the deal for me, is nature -

nature might be considered an “all-season” affair, but the way i see it, each season is also another season’s “off” season ;-)

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Re Nature (and us)

seems kinda obvious now to me, but really hadn’t thought of it much til my wife and i were walking along lake champlain recently

while waiting for summer’s official start in texas is like trying to tell a teenager they’re not in love til it’s officially declared and accepted, summer here in vermont is like pacing oneself through a good breakfast and lunch, accented by a few nutritious snacks, and knowing a treat of a supper’s gonna be ready at 5

Vegetation Along Stone Wall

Vegetation Along Stone Wall, Original Photography Adan Lerma

pour in plenty of rain, and the vermont landscape is lush and bursting with green – beautiful

but i don’t believe nature has any plans at present to continue without pause, covering every spare inch of earth or vermont, with growth

even if growth were unimpeded by hostile temperatures or lack of needed moisture and nutrients, excess growth itself would choke some of its own growth, preventing itself from becoming self-consumed, and destroying itself

space is left for variety (plants & people)

that seems like a good model for myself as well ;-)

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Following Nature

But…

i suppose it could be argued that the human mind has no “seasons” -

and that neither does the soul; though the latter, my soul, is too unknown in terms of completeness, for me, to say my own soul doesn’t have a seasonal equivalent

but either way, our bodies we must live in, do have their own seasons

we must sleep, we must breathe, we must eat and drink, and we must love and be loved, or die -

recovery, is a human necessity, even if, with cross-training, we can delay the need for a full rest

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But Nothing!

;-) but…i choose to follow nature – it’s not nice to fool mother nature!

1) i can choose to coast when it’s a treat to enjoy the fruits of achievement

2) i can choose to test my edge, yoga’s loophole, to increase my capacities

3) i can choose to adjust my exertion levels, down-sizing to create a respite cool-front in summer, or revving up a short warm-up in winter

4) i can choose to down-size significantly, for a set period of time, allowing my body to recover, and reverse some of its gain in fitness (knowing the re-fitting into fitness, will generally be much quicker than previously; our muscles and brain and nerves, unless damaged, usually have a memory path to skip along on)

5) i can even choose to exert into a sharp or rounded peak before a significant down-size in exertion

i can choose to create my own seasons

and i can choose to mimic tiny minor seasons each day, each session, each pose, if i wish

it’s a choice, it’s doable, it’s good…

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even my dear heat-stoked texas will cool eventually ;-) maybe by christmas ;-)

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tomorrow, i post a new tidbit post in that series, this on muscle memory, extending the thoughts here on adaptation

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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