This is not my New Years message for 2012 (still a work in progress), but rather a reiteration of my message from 2011. Sort of like reading a favorite book over and over again because it makes sense and always feels good to do so. Perhaps rereading reminds us of what we deeply desire, provides comfort, illuminates what is possible, gives us hope and offers us, yet, another opportunity to begin again.
My first yoga teacher often spoke of the importance of knowing and trusting that we can always begin again. When we find ourselves off the middle path, veering to far to the left or right, we can come back to our yoga mats or our personal “sacred space”, breathe and begin again. I will undoubtedly spend the rest of my life doing just that – arriving on my yoga mat, breathing and beginning again. If it were not for infinite opportunities to “get back on the horse”, than what? Isn’t this what motivates and inspires many of us to keep going, to move on and look ahead to the next moment? Obviously, realistically, we don’t always get a “redo.” But, we ALWAYS have the choice to practice doing better, to try something different and begin again.
My Message From New Years 2011
During my first Yoga Teacher Training course our teacher, Jonny Kest, presented us with a reading list; one that overwhelmed me beyond belief. We were to read all of the books on the first list and select three additional books from the other list. You have heard the old saying “never judge a book by it’s cover?” Well, I did exactly that! I scanned the book list and then moved to the actual books on the shelf for further investigation. I was immediately drawn to the book, ” The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness – Peace Within.” Whether it was the simplicity of the cover, the intriquing title or an underlying, probably desperate need to find stillness; my choice had been made. I devoured the book, every single word of it. I needed this book. To this day, January 1, 2011, I have read the book many times over and revisit certain chapters often for comfort and positive reinforcement. I had hoped to write a New Years sort of mission statement, filled with words of wisdom and inspiration for our ASK readers but shockingly, I’m at a loss for words today. Instead, I encourage you to buy yourself a copy of Erich Schiffman’s “The Practice of Moving into Stillness – Peace Within.” If you are anything like me; busy, busy, busy, inside and out from morning til night; you need this book, you will grow to love, honor and cherish this book – I’m certain! As a matter of fact, buy two copies. One to have and one to just hold. Below you will find an excerpt from the book along with a simple step by step guide to begin your journey into stillness. Perfect for the meditatively challenged – like me! There you have it, my words of wisdom, inspiration and hope. As you move into stillness this New Year, I wish for you an extraordinary year – may each day be filled with light and love, and peace within. Always love – Allison
An excerpt from one of my most cherished books -
“You imagine a spinning top. Stillness is like a perfectly centered top, spinning so fast it appears motionless. It appears this way not because it isn’t moving, but because it’s spinning at full speed. Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic. It is unconflicted movement, life in harmony with itself, skill in action. It can be experienced whenever there is total, uninhibited, unconflicted participation in the moment you are in when you are wholeheartedly present with whatever you are doing.” Moving Into Stillness, by Erich Schiffman