Most things in life take efforts and commitment. You name it:
- getting out of bed in the morning sometimes
Yoga sutras 1.19-1.22 talk about that very thing. Some arrive quicker, some need to practice more, but things start to shift, change, come to life or die (cuz there are some that need to be gone).
Finishing my journey with attending regular yoga school classes makes me think of the journey I’m on now – sending and spreading what I know into the world, neighborhood, home, my life more and more each step of the way. It will require the element Sutra 1.20 describes:
I believe, I decide to try, I remember what I learned, I meditate on it, I gain wisdom to pass on forward. It’s a beautiful circle of cultivating knowledge that turns into practice and, ultimately, into who we are.
It makes me think of Lokah Samastah Sukino Bavantu (May all beings be happy and free) and thoroughly seasoned with practice, knowledge and wisdom.
Toby’s Estate is one of NYC favorites. You might get a spot in Flat Iron location if you are lucky to arrive before the crazy time begins, which is around 8:30AM Mon-Fri and it’s a little more sporadic on the weekends. Brooklyn location is busy most of the time, but wait for a spot, it is worth it. Normally, it takes about 10 minutes to get one. Finally, there’s a West Village location if you are in that area. Such great spot, so hopefully more locations to come.
Worth to try:
- African pour over (Kongo)
- Maple sage latte
One of the baristas is Matt. He has been working with coffee for a while and has a lot of knowledge of the small details that are so often missed when making a cup of coffee. If you are lucky to have him make you cup make your potion, it’s likely it will look like the photos below ☕️😎
It’s happening people. I’ll be posting some short articles about various coffee favorites around my city. Some barista profiles along side with small reviews of delicious specials this place has to offer! Stay tuned ☕️
I’ve had various types of rituals over the course of my life. Recently (about 2 years ago), I started taking Friday afternoon for just my time of having a treat and reading something inspiring. It’s not a friend coffee date, not just a meal, it is tasting something I love while also intentionally creating a quiet space that brings about peace, inspiration and helps to wrestle with questions.
I enjoy daily rituals, but I tend to fail them quite a lot. It’s not the reason to stop. Not at all. It is most helpful and important to find the discipline and bring yourself into a space where you can sit still, take a moment to reflect. However, I enjoy my weekly ritual even better because the reflection I get to do is longer and seems to be of higher quality in my personal experience. I often think back on the time that I spent reading/thinking/praying and tasting a delicious mocha 🙂 It also provides a reason to find new fun spaces to explore, treats to try, enjoy the simple things around.
In any choice, there’s always the first reason you make that choice. You could have multiple reasons/factors follow that, but there’s always the first one. Asana in yoga is kind of like that for most people. We come to it because we want to do a “lighter exercise”, stretches, empty out our mind. But it is most of the time the part of yoga that we discover first before understanding the deeper teachings, reasons of why we do things the way we do, etc. Asana usually is the outlet of an injury. Since it’s the actual performing of poses, it is the spotlight of one’s yoga practice until there is an opportunity for deeper exploration.
My practice started with finding asana then came curiosity to do every pose whether or not ready, then came injury and then, of course, opportunity to discover what this really all about. Is it the desire to be in cool-looking shapes? Is is lack of knowledge on how to actually perform the poses? Maybe it’s all of that together and more. The biggest thing that I learned from my journey so far is listening. It sounds so cliche, but maybe that’s why it’s a cliche because it’s true! Listening to your body’s signals of how it is feeling, what it wants is really the key. Paying attention and taking time to figure out where the breath is at, where the thoughts are, what is actually happening in the moment. It brings a whole new wrapper to your practice, it becomes mindful, transforming from interest into lifestyle.
Life is a gift, body is a gift, doing fun shapes and practicing is a gift as well. I think my journey is teaching me how to treat Asana with reverence as a thing of value that bring joy when used wisely.
Around the World in 31 Coffees [Infographic] by the team at Cheapflights.co.uk