This is my awesome family... In the 1960's my aunt Arleigh Luckett trekked up to Canada and built a dome home with her friends which she and her partner, Larry lived and raised my two cousins in for close to 40 years. They built the Dome (The design made popular by Buckminster Fuller, who was way ahead of his time, in his vision of advancing society by doing more with less) from scratch with their bare hands, and re-claimed scrap wood that they drove up from New York. Every year on their land they tapped the best maple syrup I'd ever tasted. This month after years of cozy nights by the wood burning stove, they have put it up for sale.
In this picture my family is gathered in front of the dome, for a reunion a few years back. Seated at the front are our three elder women Joleigh, Terry, and Nancy, two of whom have since past on, and whom from each I have learned a great deal.
...It is coincidence, yet poignant that the focus of the month at the studio I own and lead, is "Change and the Changeless." My heart goes out to my family as they say goodbye to a piece of their history, and embrace a new beginning. I can't imagine the myriad of emotion that would accompany this time of cleaning out and moving on from such a special place, self created every step of the way, not only the structure itself, but the moments that lived and breathed inside it. As I look at this picture, I feel proud of how cool my rebellious hippy family is, and grateful for time with each of them, namely the two who have now moved on from this life. I can't help but notice the deep grooves of constancy, as my family is always there, and yet at a slow pace is always being added to, and subtracted from in terms of people in their living body form. But the unit itself, the "One" I call family keeps steady in my life. Though I was born into it, and will die from it, and it will be a mostly a completely different collection of souls by the time I leave, I see it as a "one." The unit that I feel for, and am always a part of.
It occurs to me that this is life's richness... Not only the abundance of constancy, but the freedom to witness and be a part of change. How deeply we connect and with such strength manifest the lightness required to let go... of time, of homes, of loved ones....
The New York Times brings attention to the science of yoga in Gray Matter's article The Mortality of Mediation. Gray created a study to see the effects of practicing mediation. The result increased compassion! We at Jai Yoga Arts also believe in treating all with love and respect as well.
So take heart. The next time you meditate, know that you’re not just benefiting yourself, you’re also benefiting your neighbors, community members and as-yet-unknown strangers by increasing the odds that you’ll feel their pain when the time comes, and act to lessen it as well.
Check out the full article Here
By DAVID DeSTENOPublished: July 5, 2013
Meditation, or Dhyana is the process of becoming a witness. The idea is that we tend to get so caught up in all the things we are close to, that need to create space to gain perspective. Whether in class or on your own time, take a moment to sit in silence, close your eyes, and gaze toward the center of your forehead. Watch your breath flow in and out. Watch your mind as it tries to be active. And just sit back and witness all the happenings of your mind and body. (It can almost be comical). Keep doing this until you find yourself on a blank page. nothing there, just peace. Meditation is a powerful practice that will give you peace, resilience, wisdom and humor. Please let us know how your meditation practice is progressing (or not progressing) we are here to help guide you!