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Some thoughts and a great Quotation

Today is Wednesday, a few days after what I’ve heard was a memorable weekend in Nelson.

Many of the Yoga community of how I hold in such high esteem organized and facilitated two very powerful events in the honor of yoga and as a benefit for me and my children. I am continually touched and honored to be a part of such a community and to be the recipient of your generosity and compassion. You are an example for the rest of the world at a time when it would appear that many of these endearing qualities are fading behind the backdrop of greed and self-centeredness. I picked up the yoga Journal yesterday and was intrigued by one of the titles, ” Should yoga have an ethical standards committee.” I was somewhat taken aback as I shook my head in amazement. What are they talking about an ethical standards committee? Yoga being one of the most ancient systems of human development, spirituality, science, and physical liberation has at its very core the most complete and well-rounded ethical standard in the yoga sutures in the yamas and the niyamas. The yama and the niyamas our system of living which incorporates all of the aspects of ethical moral and intellectual liberation. In most cases in India before most practiced yoga or would begin with these ethical standards before ever touching a yoga mat. It is with this understanding that one would approach to learning how to integrate the body mind and spirit or consciousness as is more commonly known. Since by injury I have been utilizing the yoga sutras and continue to be amazed at the wisdom that lies therein. The wisdom is simple and often our need to complicate, judge and label becomes the very barrier to allowing this simplicity to guide us. Lately I have been reading The Power of Now by Eckhard Toll, this book eloquently than simply describes the process of taking one’s consciousness into the realm of complete and utter acceptance and nonresistance. There would be no other way for me to encompass this new reality that I live in now except in that state and maintain my ethical and moral peace with myself and the world around me. I would like to share with you a passage from this book and leave that with you until my next entry.

I am surrounded right now by my sisters and my mother and so I’m going to go have some fun catch y’all later!

Love Mary-Jo

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.