I was sad one day and went for a walk; I sat in a field.
A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.
It often does not take more than that to help
at times– to just be close to creatures who
are so full of knowing, so full of love that they
don't chat, they just gaze with their marvelous
understanding. -St. John
We can't get back to nature. We are nature. When we can remember that, we tend to make better choices for our environment.
What we do to nature, we do to ourselves.
Have you ever wondered why so many of the Yoga postures are named for things found in the natural world? We have cows and cats, Camels and Crescent Moons. Notice there is no Angry Motorist, Stressed Out Mom, or Corporate Bigwig posture…
The Yogis spent much time observing the natural world, and how we could live more in tune with the way of nature. They saw where the human condition could get us off track. There's all the usual suspects of greed, fear, pride, stress, and strife, but the main culprit is our lack of awareness.
This is where our practice can really shine. In slowing down, we can observe ourself in real-time, seeing aspects of ourselves we'd like to strengthen, and parts we would rather see less of.
Our practice can return us to that simpler time, where we could do one thing at a time, more in harmony with the natural world.
Our stress levels plummet, and we begin to heal.
Just stand in tree pose. Go ahead, back away from the monitor. Stand up tall and true on one leg. Embody the essence of a particular tree that you know.
Aspire to her strength and suppleness, her grounding and reaching. Unconditionally sheltering and feeding all who come. Stand in gratitude for your chosen tree.
All this time she's been breathing in your exhales, and providing your inhales.
Ask what you can learn from her. If she could speak in our language, I'd imagine she'd say: "Use less paper and wood. When you do need to buy paper, seek out recycled… and in solidarity with me, stand in tree pose in the checkout line."
Yes, there is a Rabbit pose:
And the rabbit stealing a cookie pose:
Somedays, a carrot just doesn't cut it.
Om Shanti, I'll see you in class.
p.s. Two spots just opened up in our Oct. 2nd. Fall retreat, (The Oct 15th retreat is full up) Let me know right away if you'd like to join us.