As I was looking at your eye, I was observing the different shapes.
The closer I looked, the more I began to recognize the similarity between the eye and the earth.
Your blue colored eye and the different shapes looked similar to that of the earth.
As I looked deeper, I was reminded that the earth is a reflection of perception
And the eye and the earth are ONE in the same.
Photo drawn by Marybreath
Teaching kids yoga is one of the most rewarding things that I offer to the world. My passion for this practice is so deep and the fact that I teach it to children makes my connection move deeper. It moves me to know that I am teaching young children about the importance of stillness and being calm while living in a chaotic, fast-paced world. I was not the most calm kid and I definitely was not the most relaxed. However, I was focused, I did spend quiet time in nature and I did have a big imagination. Looking back at my childhood, I believe there were plenty of moments where I was meditating and didn’t even realize it.
My mom tells me the story of when I was four years old. She was unable to find me and when she did find me, I was sitting outside of are house with my palms on my cheeks. She said “Mary beth! I have been searching all over the house for you! What are you doing?” My reply at the ripe old age of four was “Thinking.” She said “Thinking about what?” I said “My life and how it’s going!” I know that this was my form of meditating at that young age. How cute is that!
So years later, I am practicing yoga on the mat and listening to the quiet voice inside of me. In my twenties, I knew that I had come home while on the mat and had many childhood memories of me sitting in various places around the house, the yard and even the school bus. These were once my places where I would go within and reflect on what is.
I was not a depressed child. I was just deep. I had many emotional upheavals where even I didn’t understand why. I became even more emotional as I moved towards and through menarche and often times found myself in my room laying on my bed thinking about my life and how it was going. I enjoyed physical activity and participated on soccer teams, swim teams, dance classes and horseback riding. I was never exposed to yoga, but I know deep inside that it is what I needed. It’s ok that I didn’t have yoga then because I have it now.
However, it is very important to me to help lead the way to the younger generations and teach them about what I call “Peaceful Buddha.” a.k.a. meditation/contemplation. In each of my classes I like to have at least 1 minute or more where the kids and I practice Peaceful Buddha. It may come during a story while practicing FULL LOTUS or it may come at the end of class before savasana when it’s time to quiet down. Lately, I have been bringing a bell. I have the kids close their eyes and then I ring the bell. After the bell is done ringing I have them open their eyes and tell me how the bell made them feel. I love the responses that I get! The best answer was by a little boy named Phoenix. When I asked him how he felt, his response was “It made me feel like I need to go to New Hampshire and get candy!” I love it! Children have the most simple yet innocent responses to life.
Teaching this tool to children allows me to grow in my own practice as well as my own life. It helps guide me to a place within that leads me to a greater sense of purpose. It teaches me how I can improve my life while improving the lives of others. This is the change that I wish to see in the world. My kids are just like Ghandi.
Peace to me is being with myself and meditating on what is.
Peace is yoga.
Peace is loving myself and my place within the universe.
Peace in the 1960’s and the time when Americans gathered at Woodstock for peace, love and happiness.
The get naked with truth era adorned with braided hair, peace signs and rock n roll.
World peace for all.
Peace is stopping war on terrorism.
Peace in the ‘middle east’. A real expression that should be spoken today because of the true message behind it.
We need to find peace in our hearts to channel peace over in the Middle East.
Peace is finding oneself through heart opening experiences in moments of sudden change.
Peace is NOT bombing other nations for the sake of our own nation.
Peace is knowing that the world is beautiful.