Saturday, January 10, 2015

Harmonic Rejuvenation Spring Cleanse Retreat: 02-06/04/15



After about a year off on hiatus due to personal challenges, I am pleased and honoured to be hosting this very special yoga retreat in April with international teacher Matej Jurenka at a very special retreat centre in the magical mountains of Mont Negre, Catalunya, Spain...just 40m from Barcelona. It is filling up quickly...
with love, I hope you can join us
Program and reserve info: renata@cinnamonyoga.com



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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Just Love


"You should not be afraid to love"
Poetic Action

Happiness and Love for the New Year to everyone!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

100 Years of Beatitude


  In celebration of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his significant 
contribution to modern yoga...




And...
http://www.breathofthegods.com/


Monday, August 4, 2014

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word we hear more and more everyday. It seems however, still so elusive for many us.
In the enlightening words of Thich Nhat Hanh, may we allow ourselves a respite from our daily obligations and simply bask in the true essence of his words and 
in all that is.



Spirit – Srećko Jubić


Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness


Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life. There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. 
That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

Most people are forgetful; they are not really there a lot of the time. Their mind is caught in their worries, their fears, their anger, and their regrets, and they are not mindful of being there. That state of being is called forgetfulness—you are there but you are not there. You are caught in the past or in the future. You are not there in the present moment, living your life deeply. That is forgetfulness.

The opposite of forgetfulness is mindfulness. Mindfulness is when you are truly there, mind and body together. You breathe in and out mindfully, you bring your mind back to your body, and you are there. When your mind is there with your body, you are established in the present moment. Then you can recognize the many conditions of happiness that are in you and around you, and happiness just comes naturally.
Mindfulness practice should be enjoyable, not work or effort. Do you have to make an effort to breath in? You don’t need to make an effort. To breathe in, you just breathe in. Suppose you are with a group of people contemplating a beautiful sunset. Do you have to make an effort to enjoy the beautiful sunset? No, you don’t have to make any effort. You just enjoy it.

The same thing is true with your breath. Allow your breath to take place. Become aware of it and enjoy it. Effortlessness. Enjoyment. The same thing is true with walking mindfully. Every step you take is enjoyable. Every step helps you to touch the wonders of life, in yourself and around you. Every step is peace. Every step is joy. That is possible.

During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—not only the talking outside, but the talking inside. The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside. Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind. This is not the kind of silence that oppresses us. It is a very elegant kind of silence, a very powerful kind of silence. 
It is the silence that heals and nourishes us.

Mindfulness gives birth to joy and happiness. Another source of happiness is concentration. The energy of mindfulness carries within it the energy of concentration. When you are aware of something, such as a flower, and can maintain that awareness, we say that you are concentrated on the flower. When your mindfulness becomes powerful, your concentration becomes powerful, and when you are fully concentrated, you have a chance to make a breakthrough, to achieve insight. If you meditate on a cloud, you can get insight into the nature of the cloud. Or you can meditate on a pebble, and if you have enough mindfulness and concentration, you can see into the nature of the pebble. You can meditate on a person, and if you have enough mindfulness and concentration, you can make a breakthrough and understand the nature of that person. You can meditate on yourself, or your anger, or your fear, or your joy, or your peace.

Anything can be the object of your meditation, and with the powerful energy of concentration, you can make a breakthrough and develop insight. It’s like a magnifying glass concentrating the light of the sun. If you put the point of concentrated light on a piece of paper, it will burn. Similarly, when your mindfulness and concentration are powerful, your insight will liberate you from fear, anger, and despair, and bring you true joy, true peace, and true happiness.

When you contemplate the big, full sunrise, the more mindful and concentrated you are, the more the beauty of the sunrise is revealed to you. Suppose you are offered a cup of tea, very fragrant, very good tea. If your mind is distracted, you cannot really enjoy the tea. You have to be mindful of the tea, you have to be concentrated on it, so the tea can reveal its fragrance and wonder to you. That is why mindfulness and concentration are such sources of happiness. That’s why a good practitioner knows how to create a moment of joy, a feeling of happiness, at any time of the day.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

KARMA CLEANSE II


When we hear the word karma, we often hear it in the context of having done something "bad" and its consequence of justice served, well-deserved. This is a rather small vision of what karma actually is. See anterior posts for more of an understanding: 

A clearer short explanation is that the word karma in Sanskrit principally means action...and as we know, because we dont live in a vacuum, every action has its resulting reaction hence creating a circle of cause and effect. And this can be both positive and negative alike. It is because of this never-ending cycle of the ups and downs of pain and happiness, that the sages and mystics have looked for the relief of suffering, in seclusion, away from society and it´s karmic ties and distractions.

For those of us for whom it is not possible to escape into retreat for years to a Himalayan cave, we too can cleanse and reset our karma to be a more positive cycle of cause and effect,
while still remaining active in society.
Here are 12 ways:




1. Make a list of all the things you have to be grateful for right now. Write them down and put it where you can see it easily to remind you when the going gets tough.

2. Write a letter of forgiveness to someone who has hurt you.
(Not necessary to send it. The act of forgiveness takes a load off of you and lets you live without resentment which just makes one bitter. Also helps break karmic ties because anger as well as love is an energy that binds.)

3. Write a letter asking for forgiveness to someone you have hurt.
(Also not necessary to send.)

4. Practice random acts of kindness without recompensation...this lets your ego have a much needed break from the suffering of expectations.





5. Check the intentions behind your actions. Are you seeking some kind of reward and or boost for your ego? Is it really just all about you and what you want or need? Narcissism just hurts the narcissist in the end. Be truthful with yourself and others.

6. Self study and reflexion, daily moments of non-action and meditation.

7. Add beauty and or joy in some way, wherever you go, without needing recognition. Live beauty..live joy, passionately.
Also lets your hard-working ego/mind have a deserved break :-)




8. Don't worry about what other people think or say about you...it doesn't have much to do with you anyway.
Impress yourself, not others.

9. Always try to put yourself in someone else's shoes and see things from another angle. This develops empathy and compassion but not pity.

10. Don't judge others unless you have walked a while in those shoes of theirs and even then don't judge, because we will never know someone else's entire story.




11. If someone is hurting you, let them know in a neutral (as best as you can) manner. Explain how they are causing you distress. Open channels of communication withought harming, for both sides
If they don´t care to or are not able to stop, walk away...they are just acting out the pain they have inside because they need a way to release it.

You are not obligated to continue the cycle of pain and you have every right to protect yourself from toxic  behavior or situations. Sometimes the best response is to just remove yourself from the situation, do not feed into negative energy exchanges and the cycle therefore is broken. If you manage to cultivate a truly neutral yet compassive state of  mind and feeling towards this person or situation, the karmic link can also be anulled this way.


12. And finally...don´t hurt anyone or anything...we are all one family here on our planet, our great mother, who provides for us so generously and what one does to another, one does to themselves in the end.
Our action is what we experience. We are all tiny reflections of the One, offering and contributing of our small selves to the whole and truly divine picture. 
Just be Love...act Love...and receive Love.


Passion fruit flower foto: Renata

On Children by Kahlil Gibran



Art: Child of The Universe, Josephine Wall


On Children, by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children. 

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. 
They come through you but not from you, 
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts. 

You may house their bodies but not their souls, 
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. 
You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you. 
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. 


You are the bows from which your children 
as living arrows are sent forth. 

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far. 
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; 
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.


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