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A Time of Suffering

What if there is only ONE suffering soul, one being, one consciousness in the whole world?

“I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life.” — Etty Hillesum

“The image of Jesus on the cross somehow communicates God’s solidarity with the willing soul. A Crucified God is the dramatic symbol of the ONE SUFFERING that God fully enters into WITH us—much more than just FOR us, as many Christians were trained to think.” — Richard Rohr

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Spirituality, Yoga

Yoga for Lent

I am offering a two-hour Lent-themed Yoga class at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton, VA. The class will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 1:30-3:30PM in the fellowship hall. This class is open to the public, cost is $5. Join us for a prayerful experience integrating body, mind, emotions, and spirit during the holy season of Lent.  (Bring your yoga mat if you have one.)

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Poetry, Yoga

Yoga Sestina

Here’s a poem I wrote a few years ago in the sestina form
(originally published at The Camel Saloon in 2013):

Yoga paths make whole,
send our hearts reaching
out from bodies united
to mind, breath, energy.
We stretch arms, legs, center –
all for blossoms of clarity.

Physical aches and stress clear
away, and even heart’s holes
are healed. Our centeredness
flows from opposites reaching
then blending. Energetic
bodies grow toward union.

Finite minds see unity
with Cosmic Mind; cleared
breath brings life-energy
and mental wholeness.
Contentment at last: a reach,
a handshake, with our true center.

Rambling thoughts are centered;
desperate regrets, fears reunited
with inner peace. Vistas reached
via persistence; wide clearings
bring options and fill holes
opened by misused energies.

Physically, mentally re-energized,
we remember our center:
Honoring the soul makes us whole.
We realize yoga means union
(with God). Our tangled paths clear,
reveal the goal within reach.

Pointless desires drift from reach
of fickle hearts. Our energies
refocus new-found clarity:
Live for God, from our soul-center
to manifest ever-true unity,
the wholeness of holiness.

God’s love reaches us with clarity
to make whole our divided energy:
Our heart-center rests in unity.

Spirituality, Yoga

Advent Yoga

For the second year in a row, I am offering a two-hour Advent-themed Yoga class at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton, VA.  This year, the class will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 1:00-3:00PM in the fellowship hall.  This class is free and open to the public.  Join us for a prayerful experience integrating body, mind, emotions, and spirit during the holy season of Advent!  (Bring your yoga mat if you have one.)

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Vibrant Health, Yoga

Mental Well-Being Through Yoga

Together, in this ongoing, weekly one-hour group, we will explore topics each week from Yoga of Recovery and from The Yoga Sutras on ways to keep ourselves healthy and well-balanced, especially in mental/emotional realms.

The group will meet at my office:
Integrated Healing Solutions
250 W. Brambleton Ave., Suite 101
Norfolk, VA  23510
When:  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30PM (Sept. 17th – Oct. 22nd)
Cost:  donation based

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