Start Over

my daughter emJ in LA

my daughter emJ in LA

Been away this past week.  Took my daughter to LA for some summer fun.  I always get inspired when I travel, and I had so many new  intentions twirling in my head. On the flight home (love wifi on planes) I landed on my friend Amelia’s Instagram account.  

She is powerful young woman who used her pain to create something beautiful.  She got to hold her son Landon for 17 hours before he passed away after being born. She IS a mom, an amazing mom.  As she started to open up about her pain, more women who went through the same thing started to find her on Instagram.

Last week she held a yoga/healing retreat called Landon’s Legacy Retreat.  IF you’re on IG, search the hashtag #LandonsLegacyRetreat and be prepared to be lifted by these women’s courage.  One post shared this quote that I used as an intention last night’s 4:30pm Modo 60 and today’s 9:30am Modo 60 and noon’s Modo Flow.

Keep on beginning and failing... Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.

ON THE MAT

I started by reading the above.  I told the students that today will focus on this idea of STARTING OVER.  This is one of the key lessons the BREATH teaches us.  Every inhale is a chance to start over.  New moment.  Fresh perspective.  In a set sequence as Modo is, each pose we will start over.  A new practice in each posture.  Let’s make it a class you’ll be glad to remember.

When the pose gets challenging and you want to come out of it and your mind starts telling stories, take an inhale and start over right where you are in the pose.  Allow the breath to remind you that you don’t need to come out of the pose.  Not your thoughts… your breath.

Starting over is about returning to the present moment.  The opportunity of the present moment is always yours.  Its always right there on your next inhale.

OFF THE MAT

On our life off the mat, this is even more powerful.  You can start over.  One of my favorite Zen Proverbs drops like this, “Fall down 7 times get up 8 times.”  We will stumble in life, this is universal.  But we can have within us the ability to start over so in Zen the 8th time is really the first time.

Amazing things happen with effort.  I love this part, "Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.”  You will grow stronger.  And the next time we fall down we have new strength to rise back up and meet our moments.  Let’s keep practicing and live a life we’ll be glad to remember.

music used in our modo flow today:

Today we had an awesome mix from one of my fav Dj's Jazzcat.  The Afro Beat was so energizing for our Modo Flow today.