FOCUS OF THE MONTH: October - Child's Pose
It's useless to reach freedom by yourself. Every living being in all three realms Is your father and mother. Pity the man or woman Who thinks only of their own happiness And leaves their father and mother Smothered in suffering. --From Freedom from the Four Attachments, as taught by the Holy Lama Drakpa Gyeltsen
October is a time for settling in. Fall is in full swing and we are firmly planted in a new rhythm following the warmer months of the year. Harvest time reminds us of the bounty of Mother Earth and cooler weather spurs us to return hOMe, spending more time inside than out. Colder weather, a frenetic feeling in the air, crisp winds and damp conditions can leave us feeling raw and exposed, driving us to retreat inward. Adding restorative elements to our asana practice and utilizing props more often help us to soften and release, letting go of resistance and allowing us to embrace the unique gifts of autumn from a place of stability, humility, and gratitude.
The Prayer of Serenity God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.
When I'm with another, wherever we are, May I see myself as the lowest. May I hold the other as highest, From the bottom of my heart. ... In brief may I give all help and joy To my mothers, directly or some other way; May I take all the hurt and pain of my mothers In secret upon myself. --From Eight Verses for Developing the Good Heart, written by the Kadampa Geshe named Diamond Lion, from the Plains of Langri