“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Meditation
I’m sure you’ve seen the posts by now that Thích Nhất Hạnh died earlier this week. I have been thinking a lot about when I began reading his work. Of course I had heard his name, had a vague understanding he was a buddhist monk and activist, but I hadn’t read his work. Then I found his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, at my cousin’s home while I was visiting them in Sweden, during a trip to Europe I took with my sister.
I feel there are so many moments of that trip I remember better because I was being conscious to notice everything my senses were taking in, and I’m positive it deepened my experience with a sense of gratitude not only for the hospitality my family showed me, but the rich history around me.
One memory that’s with me this morning is traveling by train into Prague, the sound of the machinery, the feel of the cloth seat, my sister teasing me for checking what time we arrived for the 50th time, thinking about everything that needed to come together for the train ride to happen from the engineers who designed and maintained the train, to the young man with thick eyebrows who checked our tickets… I carried Thích Nhất Hạnh’s book with me while I was in Europe, but I’m carrying the intentions of mindfulness still.
Besides reminiscing about past travels and being grateful for the richness Thích Nhất Hạnh’s teachings have brought into my life, I also wanted to give you a heads up about a little change in our regular schedule this coming week. Monday I will be ending 5 minutes early again, and there will be no class next Friday Feb. 4th as I have an appointment during our time. Try as I might to leave our class times free in my schedule, once in a while I can’t avoid a conflict. Thank you so much for your understanding!
Lastly, we have use of our props again in the studio! Access to props has never been an issue for those of you at home, but I’m excited to begin using them again for Infinity classes! If you are practicing via Zoom, please bring a pillow (like the ones on your bed) or a yoga blanket with you to class tomorrow.
Schedule Jan 28th-Feb 3rd
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Friday Jan. 28th
7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.
Monday Jan. 31st
8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom
Thursday Feb. 3rd
7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom
Friday Feb. 4th – No Class
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