Hello everyone and happy April!
Welcome to the David Bowie themed newsletter! I hope you are a fan!
"Ch Ch Ch Changes. Turn and face the strange."
Today is a David Bowie kind of day for me. Ok fine, it's been a lifetime. I just can't seem to get enough of his music lately. If you're not familiar, I recommend getting on YouTube right now and checking out his songs. He is a legend.
Back to the Ch Ch Ch Changes.
I was offered (and accepted) a full time position with an agriculture laboratory. Yay! I've been trying to get back into my field since I was laid off in 2008. Since then, I have been accepting jobs that do not fulfill my souls desires, only my pockets, and this has been quite an empty and hollow experience for me. It has been a long decade of searching, trying new things, finding out it wasn't for me. "Every time I thought I'd got it made, It seemed the taste was not so sweet." I'm sad that I won't be able to teach my morning classes but I'm happy that I'll be back on track with my career.
This week will be my last week of morning classes at Jim Thorpe Yoga and at Tamaqua Art Center. Monday nights will continue on as usual.
The charity that has been chosen for our yoga fundraiser is the Hunger Walk in Tamaqua. More details to follow in a separate email.
Ok moving on...
There is a lot of controversy (too much if you ask me) in the news lately about racism, hate crimes against certain groups of people and judgement over people who aren't fitting into the "normal" standards of society. Young adults are being criticized for empowering themselves and speaking their minds. I applaud them. We need to keep fighting for equality and positive changes. People who are living their "truth" and being called freaks are being discriminated against simply because people do not understand their choices and ways of life. Kudos to their courage to live freely. I don't want to imagine a world where everyone is the same. BORING. I do imagine a world of unity where everyone has the same freedoms and we are all equal. This requires maitri, an Indian philosophers word for love or generous compassion. When we see someone being discriminated against or treated unfairly it could be so easy to show maitri if we practice it in our daily lives. Showing compassion for our friends and family tends to be much easier than for someone we've never met. If we practice, we can get stronger in those efforts. It's just like our downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana), the more down dogs that we practice, the stronger our muscles become making each one easier than the last. I believe that if we make maitri or compassion a daily mantra, the easier it will become to love and have compassion for those we do not know. How do you start? How about smiling at a stranger when they make eye contact, holding the door for someone as the enter or exit a building or picking up trash that isn't yours? Easy peasey.
As I end this newsletter for April I hope that you go forward into May (and forever) with love. Love in acceptance of changes. Love in acceptance of that which you do not understand. Love for each other. Love for yourself. Always follow your heart and try new things. In the words of Bowie, I hope you choose the patch between the stars. "And you can know it all, if you choose. Just remember, lovers never lose. Gentleness clears the soul. Love cleans the mind and makes it free."
"Can't we give ourselves one more chance. Why can't we give love that one more chance? Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love...
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word . And love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night. And love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves."
Be someone's hero.
In love, Amy
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