I am

Poetry, yoga
I am the only man
                            today
                                    in yoga class.
Fifteen women and me.
I am here
               with my wife
                                    Susan.
Next to her a woman
                                 on her left.
                                 I am
                                 on her right.
I recognize the woman.
I say
        "You look familiar."
She says
         "I am a cashier
           at Big Y Supermarket."
"Ah,"
         I say.
"I thought you might have recognized me."
"I see
         so many people,"
         she says.
I am
       here
              with my yoga family.
My body is
                  relaxed.
My mind is
                  calm.
Teacher speaks
and says
              "Shanti
               Shanti
               Shanti
               Shanti
               Peace
               Shanti
               Peace
               Shanti 
               Peace."
My eyes closed.
I move
           from
                  unreality
                  to reality
                  from darkness
                  to light.
I am
       with my yoga family
I am.

Magic Carpet Ride

Bible Verses, Inspiration, Poetry, yoga, Yoga Indra
Amen, Amen, I say to you
This is the day the Lord has made
Rejoice and be glad
Join us onboard
The Intention Express
Consider this
Yoga Indra 
A magic carpet ride
Come, Come
Shanti, Shanti
Faith and Doubt
Will be your companions
The source will be
Your guide, this is
A sacred mystery
An ancient form
Of meditation
A spiritual guide
To become
More fully
What you are
Created to be
Don't fall
To sleep

Breathe

Black & White Photography, Inspiration, Poetry, yoga
Teacher spoke softly saying 
Breathe in
Through your nose
Breathe out
Through your mouth
Breathing in deeply
Helps me to center myself
Thoughts come and go
Like the clouds above
The urn, when breathing
Breathe, when praying
Pray, when looking
See, the birds 
Engraved on the urn
There too triangles
Circles and straight lines
Signs that are read 
Top to bottom
Bottom to top 
In the distance
Out the window
Old buildings
In need of repair 
Alludes to the thought
The Church can never be completed
Always, like us, in need
Of breath, of repair
We see a peacock
We know from our art 
History classes
It can be easy to ignore
Birds and peacocks 
As symbols or art
But writing stems 
From the pictorial
The peacock became a symbol of immortality in Christian art
The peacock serves as a reminder of the Resurrection and eternal life
The peacock is symbolic of re-growth and rejuvenation,
Royalty, respect, honor, and integrity
The peacock is also a symbol of beauty, love, and passion
In Egypt the peacock was linked to the worship of the sun god, Amon-Ra and associated with the all-seeing eye of Horus. To the Hindus, the peacock was associated with Hindra, the god of thunder who became a peacock endowed with one hundred eyes that enabled him to watch out for the demon Ravana
Peacocks are also symbolic in the Buddhist religion
Symbolic because they display their feathers by opening their tails they are associated with openness and purity, and their feathers are even used in Buddhist purification rituals
Breathe in
Breathe out
Teacher softly speaks 
This advice from Swami Buaji
Be kind
Be peaceful
Be tolerant
Begin the day with Love
Spend the day with Love
End the day with Love
This is the way to Source
Breathe