All posts by Bonnie Kiser

We were made for these times!

 

 

 

 

 

 


My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times…….

I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Quoted from: www.grahameb.com/pinkola_estes

A Tale of Two Pots

I first heard this story as a beginner in my yoga practice and have heard it numerous times since.  I am not sure who originally wrote it, to whomever did I am grateful.  It was a sweet gift to hear  that perhaps the things that frustrated me the most about myself and others were the exact things that make us special and even precious.   What if we all saw our “Flaws” as our brightest traits????   I must admit that it is not always easy to see these “bright traits” when I look in the mirror.  This however, is one of the blessings that yoga has inspired in and for me.  The ability and tenacity to see through the cracks and view the light in my heart.  

A Tale of Two Pots
A Tale of Two Pots

Namaste’  The light in my heart bows in honor of the light in your heart.

Happy First Month of Spring!!

Oatman's Wild Burros
Oatman’s Wild Burros

We recently traveled thru Southwestern U.S.   We traveled Route 66 thru the mining town of Oatman, AZ where the wild burros are in charge, to the Sand Dunes just outside Yuma, AZ winding our way to the Red Rocks of magical Sedona. 

Sunset near Needles California
Sunset near Needles California

25.6 sand hand standI kept my ‘handstand a day’ practice alive.  Balanced for a moment or two in the sand dunes and on the mountainside overlooking Sedona.  We camped and hiked in Alamo State Park in Nevada, we saw the full moon rise over the mountains of Sedona as we camped near Jerome, AZ.  The sunsets were spectacular as were the sunrises.   We toured ancient ruins in the back country of Sedona and of course we visited a psychic in Sedona.  She agreed with us that life is indeed good!!

Full Moon Over Sedona
Full Moon Over Sedona

When we travel, I love learning a bit about the people we meet.  We visited with lots of kindred spirited people from the north seeking sunshine,  just like us.  One couple from Missoula were the hosts of Alamo Campground in Nevada.   A young man shared that he had spent a few years living at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas near Arlee.

Sedona Scenery
Sedona Scenery
Schnebly Hill Handstand
Overlooking Sedona
Ruins Near Sedona
Ruins Near Sedona

We met Navajo Jewelry Artists as we shopped at their outside market.  One piece of jewelry just ‘had’ to come home with me.  It is a silver swirl with a stone embedded at the top.  The artist shared that in the Navajo tradition it symbolizes the Whirlwind (Nilch’i) or Swirl.  It represents the powerful force of the wind that communicates between the elements of nature.  It is the spiritual essence that pervades nature.  Every living thing is touched by and communicates through nilch’i , the wind.   It gives life and motion to plants, animals & objects in the universe.   It is known to be the symbol of journey, it sweeps out the old and opens way for the new.   We saw this very same symbol imprinted by the ancient inhabitants on the walls of the ruins we visited near Sedona.

The significance given to the nilch’i or wind means the same to me as the breath or Prana in the teachings of yoga.  Reinforcing the understanding for me that we are all more alike that we are different.  At our hearts we honor similar things.  Our traditions and symbols may have different names,  but the essence is very similar.   When we close our eyes, we see each other through the similarities of our hearts.   To me this is one of the greatest gifts of travel and of yoga.

May we be at peace, peace within and peace with each other,
Bonnie

Rainbows in the desert

 

Moon Salutes post

 

Chandra Namaskar
Moon Salutes

Moon Salutes Full VersionFull Variation

Moon Salutes gentle  Bonnie created web versionGentle Variation

One of my favorite songs to practice Moon Salutes with.  Enjoy!!!