Posts tagged ‘fire’

Return of the Light

One of my first winters in Vermont, I attended a solstice party, in which we all went from the warm and cozy house out into the very dark and deeply cold night, where we each took a candle, and lit it from the fire that burned outside (it had been set the hour before we arrived by our lovely hosts).

We brought our candles in to the hearth, lighting the fire in the fireplace (the house made cozy by the woodstove in the other corner), welcoming the return of the light.

Today, just after the solstice and just before Christmas and the New Year, I imagine the return of the light within myself.  As long as I have breath in my body, the light of the divine is always within me.  On my darkest days, I may not be able to feel the warmth of that light, or experience its brightness, but when I close my eyes, I can find it somewhere within me.

I imagine I bring that light–perhaps burning as bright as a bonfire, perhaps as tiny as the flame of a tealight–into my heart, reigniting myself in this winter darkness.

Solstice, the return of the light, as we journey, here in Vermont, towards the coldest part of winter.

Stay warm with your yoga practice, with the love of friends and family, and with the light of your own self, and your own heart.

Namaste.

December 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm 1 comment

Welcome

A hot air balloon just landed down the street from us.  In the little neighborhood where we live, hot air balloon sightings are not uncommon–to the chagrin of Olive, a black standard poodle from these parts, who has great anxiety about only two things: bugs and hot air balloons.

Olive, on the watch for hot air balloons

There is a distinctive sound that a hot air balloon makes, when they flare the gas to keep it floating.  If you’ve heard a blowtorch, it’s a bit like that, many times over. Olive hears that sound and she tucks her tail and heads under the table.  The rest of us run outside, faces tilted to the sky.

Last month this same hot air balloon floated past the window of the yoga studio where I teach www.uppervalleyyoga.com.  It was a special workshop on the elements: we connected to earth through the foundation of our feet, water through opening the hips.  We were working on fire with hand balances when the balloon floated past.  The ferocity of fire and the ease of air–how inspiring!  We all paused to watch it land in a teeny pocket park about a block away.  As it landed, it disappeared behind the buildings and trees, until we could just see the top of it, spinning.  By the time we finished practice, there was no sign of it left.

We’ll be at SolarFest in Tinmouth, selling our yoga and kidswear, and enjoying the festivities, July 16–18th.  There will be a lot of information on solar energy and other ways to live sustainably (worm composting, veggie fuels, backyard chicken raising), workshops for kids and adults, yoga, dancing–and it’s all powered by a huge solar array!  Please come to the festival and stop in to see us.

And check back in for more thoughts on life, yoga, dogs.

With thanks, from your friends at uppup.

June 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment


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