A Community of the Spirit
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
Open your hands,
if you want to be held.
Sit down in the circle.
Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepard’s love filling you.
At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.
Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.
You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.
Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.
Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.
Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi translated by Coleman Barks
On the corner of Madison and 28th, a group of at least 10 of us had just attempted and failed to flag down our bus. Seattle was beginning its thaw but with most hills still impassable, buses were running their alternate snow routes. Even though we chased our bus, flailing arms and banging on its tail end, away it went.
After a few obscenities and exclamations we determined our choices. We could wait there for the possibility of another bus, which could take an hour, or we could walk up Madison St hill – in the snow. One woman and I agreed that getting somewhere was better than waiting for the unknown, so we decided to go for it and head upward.
As we climbed our grumblings turned to chit chatting. We laughed at our ridiculous circumstances and held hands to help one another around puddles of snow and slush. By the time we reached the top I was surprised by how much I had enjoyed our little adventure. My body was warm, my spirits were lifted and I felt a deep satisfaction of having gotten through this minor challenge with someone else who happened to be a perfect stranger.
This little moment in time made me realize how I can very easily go through my days rather out of touch with the people and the world around me. Habitually going from point A to point B consumed with thoughts, plans, and to-do lists, I can be relatively unconscious of the community in which I live.
For this reason, I loved our Seattle snowstorm. It forced all of us, whether we liked it or not, to adjust our plans and routines so we could find a way to make life work, together.
At this time of year it is so easy to go into hibernation. The cold, dark, and wet don’t exactly beckon most of us out into the streets to commune with others. And while winter can be a reflective time to recharge and focus inward, without balance this natural cycle can turn into feelings of isolation and even the “winter blues.”
Our winter storm was a beautiful reminder that in fact we are all in this together. Every time we emerge, whether from homes, our habits or out from under our hoods, we can sense this. Sharing a smile or shoveling a walkway really does make a difference because in truth we we are all a part something bigger, a community of beings making our way through this life.
Community is what can also deeply enrich our yoga practice. Perhaps you have experienced the uplifting energy that can come in being with others who share a similar intent. This energy of being together can feed us when our own intentions get clouded or weighed down.
This month I invite you to spend time with your Lila community. Ward off the winter blues by getting to the studio, moving your body, breathing deeply and sharing time with others of similar intent. In the union that is yoga, you can also find union with your community of spirit and be “en-lightened” even on the darkest of days.
Here’s what’s coming this month:
During the month of February take 5 Faithful Morning Classes for just $35! And any student who brings a friend to class receives $5 off their next purchase. Read more about the benefits of practicing yoga in the early morning.
This Sunday bring the kids for some shared yoga fun with our Family Yoga Class, and join Laura and Beattie for their delicious Align/Adjust extended 2 hour practice on Sunday the 12th.
Finally, for all you Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathoners in training out there – Yoga for Runners is back! It’s the perfect series to compliment any level of runner and is designed to help you run strong, run balanced, run well. Series dates March 2nd – April 6th. $80. Taught by Veronica D’Orazio. Click here to register now.
Wishing you warmth and good health,