Shala News for March
Isn’t it wet today ! What a good opportunity to sit quietly in my warm, comfortable office with a cup of chai and study yoga. I have been reading up on the practice of equanimity and have found 4 helpful points to remember when faced with upheaval emotionally or physically – stress – worry – anger – sadness – anxiety or just a really big problem!
1. Impermanence – this too will pass – if you feel bad now, no problem.. later you will feel better. You know this to be true.
2. No Point Worrying – if you can do something about it, fix it. If not, what is the point of worrying about it? Let it go! Every minute you spend worrying, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Don’t allow your thoughts to be like thieves, stealing your happiness.
3. Don’t Judge – sometimes this is just what is needed to open you to more possibilities. No matter how bad it seems, don’t judge. You may be completely wrong.
4. No Mud, No Lotus – the most transcendent of flowers grows out of the filth of the mud. Suffering is like mud. If it makes us more humble, more able to sympathize with others and more open to them, then we become more capable of this transformation and of becoming truly beautiful, like the lotus.
The problem or whatever the mess might be is on the surface of the ocean like the winds and storms that we all endure. But, never forget deep down, under the surface, all is well. Mind is always pristine, boundless, radiant. The more you dwell in that place, the easier it will be to deal with temporary, surface things.
Thanks to the wonderful book ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat and The Art of Purring’ for this inspiration.
Dear Tricia is away for a well deserved holiday from 5 – 25 March. Her classes will be covered by Petra, Noeline and myself, so please continue to practice and enjoy the opportunity to be led through practice with a different teacher. Have a wonderful time away Tricia xx
Malcolm Bell will be facilitating a Men’s Group on Sunday 12 March from 9.30am. Details are attached in the flyer. I met with Malcom recently and not only is he a warm and kind man he is an experienced Life Coach from Atherton where he has held numerous similar groups with much success. We all have men in our lives , so please do consider sharing this event with them. Malcolm has particular interest in return service men who have faced trauma. This will be held in our Shala, above The Book Lounge with the entrance on Warner Street. Please contact him directly to reserve a spot or chat about the day. Malcolm: 04 276 368 42
On Thursday 16 March 5pm – 6.30pm a friend of mine, Margit will be hosting a Gratitude Circle at the Shala. She holds space with all natural bush aroma essence and her incredible angelic singing – think of the mountains of Austria and small churches with ethereal choirs. Invite and info attached.
Please contact Margit for a space or for more info: 0477 703 148
Schell will be introducing a new additional Restorative Class at the Shala on a Tuesday at 9.30am. This class will start up on the 21 March. More info is attached. Thank you to Schell for the commitment and for offering this beautiful addition to our timetable.
Murphy’s Sound healing and Cacao has been postponed to Sunday 2 April and will then be running on the 1st Sunday of each month. This is another beautiful offering for a couple of hours of intention , self-nurturing and relaxation – plus the incredible benefits of the truly remarkable cacao . Please book a place now and you can look forward to it. Murphy: 0417 698 284
Many of you might have noticed the aroma of Lemon Myrtle in the Shala? Dear Schell has kindly installed a diffuser and we have been using this native essential oil during classes. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has been found to have the following health benefits;
Relieves stress and Insomnia, beats sinus and bronchitis infection, stops sore throats, strengthens immune system. The antioxidant properties of Lemon Myrtle are useful for scavenging free radicals in the body which prevents oxidative damage to the cells. Also, the smell repels bugs!!
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti.