Today was my first time teaching since our month away in Australia. It was so fun to be back in the hot room with our community. I missed everyone so much. I missed sharing this practice. The intention I used for class today is the quote on this image of Dogen (zen teacher from the 1200's). This dude is ancient but so legit. Much of the Zen teaching that has grown in the West is rooted in his teachings. It comes from a book I am reading called, "The Essential Dogen"
"A flower falls even though we love it
and a weed grows even though we do not love it."
- Dogen Zenji -
One The Mat
In our practice we looked at this from the perspective of how easy it is to like one pose and not like another pose. Like one teacher and not like another teacher. It's easy to focus one or the other. When we do this, we remove ourselves from the full experience. Like the posture or don't, your in it, come back to your breath and allow yourself to experience it from the roots up. Easy to say, hard to do. So we practice. Great energy in the room today!
Off The Mat
I think this powerful quote speaks to daily life. Somethings we hate and somethings we love, and it doesn't matter the preference we add to it, or the story we add to it. Wether we love "it" or hate "it", "it" will change. Nothing remains the same; impermanence.
We like to cling to things we love and get more of the pleasure it creates, and push away the things we don't love. Nature shows us over and over again that everything changes, shifts, and we can take this cue and let go of the clinging and need push. No force is needed to connect to the present moment. This work provides us an opportunity to be in the experience directly and fully. Full Life.