Yoga & Meditation | Slow Flow & Yin Yoga | "Becoming the Blue Lotus"
Join new and old like-minded friends and sangha to practice together and be inspired by one of Christy's most favorite poems, Becoming the Blue Lotus:
"This is the joy, the slow awakening into fire as one by one the petals open, as the fingers that held tight the secret unfurl. I let go of the past and release the fragrance of flowers."
1-1:30pm: Opening Circle
1:30-3pm: Slow Flow Vinyasa + XL Savasana
3:30-5pm: Yin Yoga + Meditation + Intention-Setting/Reflection (Optional Journaling)
5-5:30pm: Red String Buddhist Bracelet Ceremony + Closing Circle
As we practice, we'll continue to explore concepts and imagery from a passage entitled "Becoming the Blue Lotus," from the Papyrus of Ani, Egyptian Book of the Dead.
We'll also continue to incorporate themes from our previous mini retreats, like: What are our deepest, most heartfelt intentions for ourselves and the world? And the Buddhist theme the wish-fulfilling jewel:
"Virtue is like the legendary jewel that fulfills all our wishes.
By meditating on and practicing the virtues of wisdom and compassion, we make our lives meaningful, happy and successful."
—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
We hope you can join us for a day of practice, contemplation and good-natured fun!
As if I'd slept a thousand years underwater I wake into a new season. I am the blue lotus rising. I am the cup of dreams and memory opening--I, the thousand-petaled flower. At dawn the sun rises naked and new as a babe; I open myself and am entered by light. This is the joy, the slow awakening into fire as one by one the petals open, as the fingers that held tight the secret unfurl. I let go of the past and release the fragrance of flowers.
I open and light descends, fills me and passes through, each thin blue petal reflected perfectly in clear water. I am that lotus filled with light reflected in the world. I float content within myself, one flower with a thousand petals, one life lived a thousand years without haste, one universe sparking a thousand stars, one god alive in a thousand people.
If you stood on a summer's morning on the bank under a brillant sky, you would see the thousand petals and say that together they make the lotus. But if you lived in its heart, invisible from without, you might see how the ecstasy at its fragrant core gives rise to its thousand petals. What is beautiful is always that which is itself in essence, a certaintly of being. I marvel at myself and the things of earth.
I float among the days in peace, content. Not part of the world, the world is all the parts of me. I open toward the light and lift myself to the gods on the perfume of prayer. I ask for nothing beyond myself. I own everything I need. I am content in the company of god, a prayer that contains its own answer. I am the lotus. As if from a dream, I wake up laughing.
—"Becoming The Blue Lotus," from The Papyrus of Ani,
Egyptian Book of the Dead
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