Follow that trail

Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.
Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.
You can, from where you stand, make a decision to restore from within, even if your mind screams that it is not possible. Whatever feels unresolved, the animal part of you is already tracking the healing you need. Follow that trail; the medicine will feel like freedom.
 – Boyd Varty, Cathedral of the Wild

 

 

The wind in the trees, the sea, the birds

Listen. Try to hear not only the exhausting racket of the city round you but more subtle sounds – the wind in the trees, the sea, the birds….If you cannot get to the country or the beach, go to a park where there is something to be heard other than traffic and loud voices. Best of all try, however difficult, to go occasionally to some place where you can be alone and listen to silence, for real silence is not just the negative absence of sounds; it is a living, positive entity; and in learning to listen to and love this living silence you may presently begin to hear something of your own essential self.

– from “Yoga Over Forty”, by Nancy Phelan and Michael Volin

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Calif. Photo by Matt Weiser.

Consciously in Nature

Consciously walking in nature is yoga. Whenever we practice listening to the greater intelligence of the universe we are practicing yoga, whether we listen inside to the pulse of breath and blood or we listen outside to the workings of life expressed in the song of the bird and the splash of the waterfall. Yoga’s aim is to experience ourselves as we truly are, without the constant mental chatter of hankering and fear, past and future. Any practice that silences that chatter is yoga.

 

– from Walking Yoga by Ila Sarley and Garrett Sarley

 

Photo by Matt Weiser.
Photo by Matt Weiser.