Monday, June 27, 2011

Post 28 - Alive-est


Alive-est by Sam Davidson

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.
Today I took a yoga class for children. It was actually aqua-yoga.  At the end of the class, as we were sitting in the shade, I was trying to help the girls (7 years old) to settle their bodies and open up their senses. By the way, I teach in English to native Spanish/Catalan children, so a lot of the communication is via the body. 
I spoke to them about listening, and feeling the cool breeze and as I tuned into my own senses as a means to listen with them, everything kind of blossomed. It just took on colour and texture. 
I make my living from helping people use the senses of the body as a gateway into the 'now' and life. I still move from the mind into the moment at frequent intervals throughout the day. I don't need to remember this moment to help me in another, but thank you for the suggestion. I would ask people to learn to be 'here' rather than 'there' if they wanted to activate the integrity of their mind. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quite nice. Emerson sounds Stoic at times. I like the teaching for the kids about wholly listening and focussing on the present moment. - Brian

Tiffany said...

Thanks Brian. I am admiring Emerson at the moment.