November Newsletter: Sane, Earthy, Ordinary & Good

November 23, 2015
Cyndi and Leroy
Sane, earthy, ordinary and good. These are the words I’ve been sharing in my classes, workshops and trainings lately. I’ve been on the road for 11 weeks straight – a different city every weekend from Floyd, VA to Kansas City, MO to Atlanta to Estes Park, CO to London to Berlin to Lynchburg, VA to Kripalu in Lenox, MA to Hollywood, FL! The students everywhere resonated strongly with these three words as inspiration, direction, simple clarity – almost a relief from some self-imposed pressure to be an “extra-spiritual yogi” or “to bring it” as a yoga teacher. 
 
These words define the qualities we should express when giving the Gift of Dharma, a traditional form of Generosity, as described in the 6 Practices of a Bodhisattva. This is a shout-out to all yogis and meditators, and especially yoga teachers or yoga sharers. It is essential that we communicate and manifest our understanding of the teachings of yoga, meditation, and Buddhadharma from a place of sanity and groundedness. That we don’t think that we are extra-special because we have found these beautiful teachings and made a commitment to live into them. That we do recognize our own goodness as a path to seeing the goodness within others
 
At a time when the world is confusing, this approach can help us stabilize. Take a seat on the earth right now. Let your body settle down. Tune into the feeling of your breath. Don’t make up something else or have an out-of-body experience. Stay right here. You will see that all your positive thoughts and all your dispositive thoughts come and go. You will feel all that is moving in your heart – joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain. Underneath it all is just you, good as you are. No need to look outside for more, for better, for fancier, for extra-ordinary. Just stay steady on the earth, with your own wind energy, your own body, heart and mind. This is always a good start and the best thing ever to give another person, to give to our whole world. 
 
Leroy LoveAt this Thanksgiving season, I want to express deep heartfelt gratitude to my root guru, Gelek Rimpoche and to my spiritual director, Roshi Joan Halifax and to Sensei Alan Senauke, vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. The training I am undergoing through the Upaya Chaplaincy program has re-ignited my tapas, my passion and commitment, to practice and study. I feel that my teaching offering has become more consistent, clear and present because of this work and I thank my teachers for their continued inspiration and direction.
 
For now, I’m back home with Leroy and Brad. And so looking forward to a bit of downtime although, you know me….I am working on a new book, putting together an online Engaged Book Club, gearing up to teach a 200 hr TT beginning in January and going to Houston to take NIA White Belt training.
 
Wishing everyone a bright holiday season ahead!
 
Much love and gratitude,
Cyndi

  
 
A Quick Peek At What’s Been Happening Recently!

Berlin 500 Hour TT saying The Brahma Vihara/Dedication of Merit in 14 different languages!

Very Special Yoga Teachers Retreat Cyndi Lee 2015, Image 1
Kripalu Assistants Cyndi Lee 2015

Yoga International Filming Cyndi Lee 2015
Cyndi Lee Yoga Journal Florida 2015
Yoga International Filming Cyndi Lee 2015-01

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