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Newnan, Georgia, United States
I am a yoga student continuously studying, taking workshops and practice, practice, practice.
Currently enrolled in a 230hr Yoga Teacher Training. I hope to share that with you here.
Born & raised in the south along the banks of the Mississippi in Louisiana. Married in 2003 and transplanted to Georgia.
A southern Yogini at heart.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Start where you are

"Start where you are. This is very important. Meditation practice is not about later, when you get it all together and you're this person you really respect. You may be the most violent person in the world--that's a fine place to start. That's a very rich place to start--juicy, smelly. You might be the most depressed person int he world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world. You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do. All of that is a good place to start. Just where you are--that's the place to start." Pema Chodron

Very interesting. It seems that both the paths in which I am enjoying; yoga and Buddhism; both share this same philosophy. Start where you are, begin it today, don't wait.
Last night Denver & I decided to go to
Zenspace. I usually go to mysore class on Mondays; but I forgot my clothes and so we decided to go to the newcomers meditation.
We met with a very nice person who went over the basics of zen meditation and had a nice hour discussion.
Some college kids came by too because they are studying religion in college.
It was a very informal group and very different from the Tibetan Buddhism center we visit at
Rameshori
Denver & I keep talking and we like the informal approach and the fact that Zenspace is non-temple affiliated and just a group of practitioners learning on their own is non-intimidating.
So last night after our discussion and instruction we entered into meditation room. Denver was a trooper and did the sitting meditation. Mind you the meditation is from 7:30-9:00; broken into 30 min sections.
After the fist 30 min. I had to move a bit because my legs fell asleep. Typical.
I found Denver in the lobby area. His hips were bothering him. So we decided to sit with the instructor for the next 30 min. sitting in the lobby area. After the 2nd 30 min sit Denver's legs were killing him; and my leg fell asleep.
We talked for a bit to the instructor and we will work our way up to the full meditation time.
However, Denver will use the flat back chair for his hip issue. That way he can truly focus on what he is there for; not the pain.
I need my right leg to not fall asleep! :)
So it was interesting and we are enjoying what we are gaining along the way.

However, we do enjoy the discussion at Food For Thought on Thursdays hosted by Rameshori Center.
So we are still feeling things out. Rameshori is hosting a day course on Valentine's Day:
No More Broken Hearts: A New Model for Harmonious and Liberating Relationships.
Denver & I are debating on attending this.

After meditation we stopped at whole foods for dinner from the hot bar. Yummy!
This morning I woke up and juiced, made breakfast, packed our lunches and Denver made Tea.
I am sleepy.
I hope everyone has a great day!


1 comment:

Zee said...

I’ve noticed that most people are somehow afraid to talk about meditation, making it mystical. But not you.

Very nice post. Thanks for sharing this experience.