“There’s something about the cosmic perspective, which for some people is enlightening and for other people it’s terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they’re here on earth and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we’re in this void of interplanetary space and then there’s a star that we call the Sun and that’s kind of average and there’s a hundred billion other stars in a galaxy. And our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step, every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to feel like they’re the center of everything ends up shrinking. And for some people they might even find it depressing, I assert that if you were depressed after learning and being exposed to the perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego. You thought more highly of yourself than in fact the circumstances deserved.
So here’s what you do: You say, “I have no ego at all.” Let’s start that way. “I have no ego, no cause to puff myself up.” Now let’s learn about the cosmic perspective. Yeah, we’re on a planet that’s orbiting a star, and a star is an energy source and it’s giving us energy, and we’re feeling this energy, and life is enabled by this energy in this star. And by the way, there’s a hundred billion other stars that have other planets. There might be other life out there, could be like us. It’s probably not like us, but whatever it is, it’d be fascinating to find out who it is. Can we talk to them? Can we not? Are they more advanced? Are they less advanced? By the way, the atoms of our body are traceable to what stars do.
And all you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.
So those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I’m small, but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe and the universe is connected to me.”
1. P’Julie :: A woman I tutor who has become one of my Thai mothers. Whenever she comes to our tutoring sessions she comes bearing gifts, usually some sort of delicious Thai kanom or dessert such as cakes or pastries. This week, in addition to the kanom, she gave me this awesome painting of an elephant. She asked me “Do you know who painted it?” Confused as to why I would know a Thai artist or whoever painted it, it suddenly occurred to me that this painting of an elephant was done by an elephant! She visited The Thai Elephant Conservation Center, thought of me and bought me this beautiful painting!! I almost cried at the thoughtfulness of the gift and just how awesome it is that an elephant painted this 🙂
2. My ability to travel :: This week Patricio and I bought our tickets from Jakarta, Indonesia to Tel Aviv, Israel! Not only am I super excited for Israel but also for the island hopping as we make our way down to Indonesia. Wooooo!
3. Good times with the farangs :: The past couple weeks in general have just been a lot of fun. Now that Amiel, Patricio’s sister is visiting, we have a little farang crew; I call us the bicycle gang since we are the only ones in town who regularly use bikes as opposed to mo-peds. I have yet to get a photo of use all on our bikes but I’ll get one soon.
4. My yoga students :: They come like clockwork every Wednesday morning at 7:30. They are adorably dedicated, fun-loving, and honestly it’s the morning I look forward to the most and I always feel refreshed and accomplished afterwards. I didn’t expect it but it turns out that their favorite part of class in savasana; which is awesome and I can just feel the calm radiating from them. This week they saw some headstand postures on instagram and decided that they wanted to learn, so we did them! I was able to snap a photo of my fearless lovelies going upside down.
5. Coffee Breaks :: Going once or twice a week to one of the local coffee shops with P’Buddy is always a treat. This week we brought the game bananagrams and taught the scrabble-master himself how to play. I think he prefers scrabble though…
“She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.”
Rev. Safire Rose
This is why I love teaching kid’s yoga. Children have so much to teach us. I miss my little elementary students…
Symmetry, Tears & Letting Go. ~ Joan Haskins