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Quick to Listen - The Ethical Practice of Nonattachment

March 21, 2017

Tags: Heidi, nonattachment, aparigrapha, yama

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
James 1:13


The yoga ethic of aparigraphaónonattachment or nonpossessiveness is an idea with which I have had to grapple. At first glance this ethic or yama seems to be about materialism, and Iím all about simplifying my life. But it gets harder for me to apply the ethic to my relationships. I love my family and my friends. Why on earth would I ever try to be unattached from them?

Watching my kids grow into independent adults, moving away from home, has helped me understand this yoga ethic. As many empty-nesters know, this can be a very painful, emotional experience for the parent. There is a profound feeling of loss and grief when the formerly dependent child, who you love so much, is no longer physically present in your home. But at the same time you know, deep down, that this was your job as a parentóto nurture and allow your child to grow into their own person, to follow their own path. As your adult child detaches from you, and you from them, you donít stop loving the child, but rather, in letting go, you acknowledge that childís inherent right to learn from life's lessons in their own time, trusting them to become the person they were created to be. (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…)