Silver Apples of the Moon

Taos, New Mexico. May 3. In the Ortenstone Delattre gallery in Taos, as Alan and I were looking at this lovely print, Silver Apples of the Moon, the elderly artist Pierre Delattre walked up behind us and recited the beautiful poem by W.B. Yeats: I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in…

You Have 30,000 Unread Emails

My boss stopped by my desk to chat, and as we talked she glanced over my shoulder at my computer screen. She squinted, focusing on my Inbox. “Do you know you’ve got over 1,000 unread emails? Wow, I could never stand that.” Over 1,000? Was it really that many? Embarrassed, I mumbled something about being…

The Great Dinner Party

Invitations have gone out, weeks ago. Ads enticing ticket buyers to attend the Annual Event are appearing on radio and in the newspaper. Posters are pinned up all over town. Everyone has an opinion about the details and execution of such an important party. Some jump in to help, others to point out how they…

How I Lost My Yoga-Cool (And Got it Back Again)

Years ago, I worked as an executive in New York City. For most of my professional life I comfortably defined myself by that experience. Some years later I moved to Florida, but continued to work as a consultant for a New York firm. Then the housing market crashed, the economy tanked, and my life built…

The Seventh Yoga Sutra

The sources of right knowledge are direct perception, inference, and authoritative testimony. How can we understand things more clearly and make better decisions? Patanjali outlines the three reliable means for gaining information about Life and about The Self. They are: DIRECT PERCEPTION: Or, experience is the best teacher. But beware of the dreaded “mental modifications”,…

Do Not Be Amazed by the True Dragon

I’ve just finished my slow journey through Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard. Over these past two months or so I’ve paused to put the book down so that I could savor for a while the imagery and the voice; I’ve gone back to re-read many different passages; reluctantly, reluctantly I came to the end just…

One Month to Get It Done

In my new home town in Colorado I have started collaborating with a group of entrepreneurs on the idea of accomplishing important goals. Since this is such a broad and potentially overwhelming topic, we broke it down: Choose one goal that you can achieve in a month – and get it done. In shamanic work,…

Letting Go of Old Habits

“The Universe challenges you to see how much happiness you can take”, my friend Gail told me this week. Which was another way of looking at an idea that I have been contemplating in my yoga practice recently: “At the very heart of our practice” writes Rolf Gates, “we need one thing: a mature willingness…

On Holding and Being Held

This month I attended the annual Teachers Conference at Kripalu, the yoga and meditation center in the Berkshires. I arrived at the Albany airport and drove out to Stockbridge, feeling unexpectedly agitated, gloomy. Several years ago, when I was married and living in the Adirondacks, I used to fly in and out of Albany to…

What if

  Life is moving faster, and I am too. These seem like good words to remember, when I begin to fret about less time on the mat. Yoga is how we live our lives, on or off the mat: “What if religion was each other? If our practice was our life? If prayer was our…