Got back to teaching this week. While I was off I was doing lots of researach and reading. Since I was a kid I was always inspired by Indigenous art and teachings. As my practice grew, I started to see that much of their teachings were very Zen like. So for my class this week, the intention was based on a Native American Lakota Prayer. Hope you enjoy. As always, feel free to share and more then this, take it into your own practice the next time you get on your mat.
Teach me how to trust My heart, My mind, My intuition, My inner knowing, The senses of my body, The blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things So that I may enter my Sacred Space And love beyond my fear, And thus Walk in Balance With the passing of each glorious Sun // Lakota Prayer //
ON THE MAT
According to Native American wisdom, the Sacred Space is the space between the in-breath and out-breath. The space between breaths is said to be where we enter back into our natural state, where “I” falls away and we exist as “one” with the world around us. Let our 60 minute practice today be an invitation to enter our Sacred Space. The space where ego drops away and we connect with the powerful place of interdependance.
As we moved through the Modo Flow we returned over and over to the two words, "Sacred Space." The sacred space between the in & out breath. The sacred space between each pose, how we transition. The sacred space between our mat and the mat next to us. That space that reminds you that you're not alone.
OFF THE MAT
This class was during our Gratitude Challenge. After each class students are encouraged to hang something they are grateful for each day. So, in our moments of stillness, I asked to the students to think about what is "Sacred" to them. Is it a tradition you do with family during the holidays? Is it your education? Is it your children?
This work we do on the mat to connect to the space inbetween the inhale and exhale, it gives us room to land with presence off the mat. It asks us to love beyond fear and walk in balance with each passing sun.