I had a fun weekend teaching some Modo Flow vibes at our studio Modo Yoga Minneapolis. The weekend peeps come hard and put in work. I love them!! Our intention this week comes from a Tibetan story that speaks to developing wisdom & compassion. I’ve heard this story many times from a view teachers, but this time, I pulled it from Jack Kornfield book “Bringing Home The Dharma.” It’s a great read, grab it for you iPad here.
Imagine walking along a sidewalk with your arms full of groceries, and someone roughly bumps into you so that you fall and your groceries are strewn over the ground. As you rise from the puddle of broken eggs and tomato juice, you are ready to shout out, “You idiot! What’s wrong with you? Are you blind?” But just before you can catch your breath to speak, you see that the person who bumped into you is blind. He, too, is sprawled in the spilled groceries, and your anger vanishes in an instant, to be replaced by sympathetic concern: “Are you hurt? Can I help you up?” Our situation is like this. When we clearly realize that the source of disharmony and misery in the world is ignorance, we can open the door to wisdom and compassion.
ONE THE MAT
While in opening Savasana I asked people to visualize themselves in the above story as I read it. Straight up, yoga practice is a powerful way to open the doors to wisdom and compassion. When we open these doors, we naturally reduce our ignorance. You're doing mighty work.
In the flow practice we focused on opening the doors with our vinyasa. The way we half lift and let our spine and heart shine forward, this is the very act of opening a door. Exhale fold, let some ignorance fall from us.
OFF THE MAT
The opportunity to wake up is always ours. It's harder now more then ever as we have smart phones, our heads our down more than ever. So when we take 60 mins to do yoga and cultivate a deliberate breath, it is transforming work you're doing.
Where else can we lift our head up and step into the present moment? The answer is simple; everywhere. Simple as it is, it's hard to do. How about this, try starting with anyone you're with, be it at work or home. Lift your head up, pay attention; be a listener. Paying attention is a real act of love. Then, take a breath and notice how presence feels.
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK
Yo, the horns in this set are so tasty, blast this one!