Being Human is a Guest House ~ Rumi


photo credit: Lori Wise

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing.
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Aum ~ Shanti ~ Amen


My Testimonial on Bikram Yoga and Bipolar Disorder

Brooke West Yoga

A similar version of this was submitted to the Bikram Yoga College of India website earlier this evening.

How It Began
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 23. I began the Bikram practice at the age of 29, 11 years ago. I was overweight, isolated and living months at a time with depression that kept me in bed for most hours of most days every winter.

I began practicing Bikram Yoga and knew immediately that this practice would be good for me, if not just socially and for weight management but also for my circulation (I have had lymphedema since the age of 12) and for the relief of anxiety, hypo-mania and depression, all symptoms of bipolar disorder. I was fat, swollen, depressed, miserably sad, misunderstood and lonely. I was also grieving the death of my beloved older sister, D’Arcy two years earlier…

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Red Light Revelations ~ by, Lori Wise

Leaving my First Aid/CPR certification class Saturday morning, happy to have gotten out a little early, I cruise down the road listening to my favorite tunes on my iPod. As I gain momentum on the road, suddenly the stoplight changed red.  It wasn’t one of those, “oh, I can make it through before it turns red” light.  I stopped so abruptly I was left the first person at the light.  This is happening several times in a row.  On the fourth stop in a row, my frustration is growing rapidly.  Awareness came over me and I clearly saw this red light occurrence mirroring Life.   Continue reading