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Intention and Heat

March 22, 2017

Tags: Heidi, niyama, tapas, discipline, mindfulness, intention

"When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground." Psalm 104:30

Itís spring time in the Midwest: the crocuses are up and the daffodils are blooming. Iíve got a big bare spot in my backyard that needs to be raked and planted with grass seed. Itís time to start thinking about putting my gardening chores back into my daily routine. Years of gardening have taught me a little about myself: 1) that Iím apt to do too much too early, itching to plant before the frost-free ďsafeĒ planting date and 2) that in my enthusiasm to be outdoors digging in the dirt Iíll put in too long of a day, and my back will be complaining by evening. So Iíve learned to curb my spring-fever exuberance, and set up a schedule for myself, working a little bit in the garden each day, pacing myself.

I suppose you could say that my daily gardening routine is, shudder, a discipline. I shudder because the word discipline by itself instantly conjures up punitive images of a naughty child being spanked on the bum, or ranks of young military recruits piping in unison, ďYes, Sir!Ē, to the command of a drill sergeant. The word self-discipline is almost worse, conjuring up images of rigidity, self-absorption, and obsession. But disciplinesóand Iím using the word in its non-punitive sense-- can be very, very helpful. In the dog days of summer, mid-to-late July, when everything is wilting in the heat and high humidity (plants and me, both) the last thing I want to be doing is sweating in the dirt, outside, gardening. Thatís when my moderate gardening routine really pays off and Iím able to coach myself, ďJust put in a half hour in the garden, the roses really do need to be deadheadedĒ. (more…)

House Envy, Contentment Stealing, and Yoga

March 15, 2017

Tags: Heidi, asteya, santosha, half moon, ardha chandrasana, yama, niyama, Diane Bloomfield

"Though you may not be aware of it, you are already a vessel containing hidden light...within you are all the powers that are in all the worlds, within you is the hidden light of the first day of creation."

Diane Bloomfield, Torah Yoga


Most of the time, I am a really lousy Christian. Do I love my neighbor as myself? No. Do I give all that I can to the poor? No. Do I welcome the stranger? No. Do I comfort the sick? No. For me, living my Christian faith as Jesus taught is hard work. Some days it seems like the only thing Iíve got going for me, is that I love God, and that I am hugely grateful that I am loved back, warts and all.

But I do try. My Judeo-Christian heritage and the ten commandments help ground me. I like to think Iíve got most of the ten commandments covered (admittedly Iím wobbly on keeping the Sabbath), and therein lies the issue. But thereís one commandment in particular that drives me to distraction: Iím a coveter. Specifically, I suffer from periodic episodes of extreme house-envy. (more…)