Fear Less

FEAR Less Fear is very natural when it comes to yoga. Turning the body upside down gives us a whole new perspective of the world and all that surrounds us. There is the fear of the unknown, fear of falling flat on our faces, fear of looking silly, fear of failing, fear of fear. Some fear is necessary in our lives and those fears help to keep us going and keep us alive. David Swenson speaks of fear when he states, “There are fears that keep us alive and there are fears that keep us from living”. By confronting the things that give us fear in a slow and mindful way, we are better equipped to move beyond it. I remember a commercial from the 1980’s for Static Guard. The slogan was something to the effect of “Static… It will stop you!” In the ad, a woman exits a limo in her fancy outfit and pantyhose, proceeds to look down as the camera zooms in on that fancy crept-up-to-her-femur bones skirt (Ekkk!) full of static cling. Oh the horror! Fear can create all sorts of “static,” or chatter in our minds. The mind is clever and can come up with […]

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Elephant Journal Post

Here is a link to a little ditty that I wrote that has been published on Elephant Journal. Copy and paste link for the pretty pictures and original publishing, or read the picture-free version below! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/04/how-i-planted-my-most-perfectly-imperfect-garden-sowing-the-seeds-of-past-mistakes-regrets-and-misfortunes-daisy-tasch/ Oh Nuts! What seed have you buried, only to see blossom at some time so beyond the memory of when the seed was planted, perhaps you forgot that it was even there? Estimates are that millions of trees in the world are planted unintentionally by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget them. I have planted seeds of happiness and pain, of softness and light, seeds that needed ritual tending, seeds left unwatered yet were breaking, bursting, poking up out of the dirt-filled ground grasping for a sparkle of light to push, push, push up out of the deep and dark soil, soaking up that brilliant radiant light in the hopes to simply sustain. To just be. Have you tended your seeds lately? Do you plant those seeds with an overabundance of love that you trust will remain, as you dip your hands down deep in the soil, clay, mud and the muck? Is it a chore perhaps, that you know you must tend […]

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Focus! Dandy Dharana…One Pointed Concentration Goodness!

(A portion of a paper I wrote for a class at the University of Minnesota, thus the more serious nature) A great Indian yogi, sage and scholar named Patanjali, whom I believe lived a life well lived, understood that when one is able to change dysfunctional habits, the mind is well under control. Western medicine is now starting to understand this wisdom and take a deeper look at controlling the mind through Eastern practices and their relevance for this age (McCall, 2007). Patanjali was the first person to clarify, systematize and preserve the ancient teachings of yoga. These yoga teachings were until that point handed down from guru to student orally. Patanjali’s 196 sutras, or aphorisms, illuminate the functions of the mind and give the reader a prescription, or “recipe” to follow for a life free of suffering. Although this wisdom is believed to be over 1,700 years old, I truly believe that it’s precious golden nuggets are very relevant for this day in age, and in particular, to my life right now. Patanjali’s eight-limbed (ashtanga, ashta=eight, anga=limb) yoga system includes; Yamas (restraints), Niyamas (observances), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breath-work), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration! Yes! That’s what I’m talking […]

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