Thursday, 17 December 2009

Poetry and Yoga

It occurred to me after my last post that I haven't shared any of my poetry for a while, or written about my yoga practice. So, here's a short update on both.

At last I've been getting some more yoga work my way; I have a private client who's been having sessions with me for the past three weeks, and I had the opportunity to cover three weeks of group classes recently too. It's interesting how being in the Kundalini Yoga teacher role pushes me to excel to my capacity, and encourages me to walk my talk and have more integrity. Yogi Bhajan's emphasis on creating teachers rather than disciples was one way of helping us all to develop ourselves. When you stand in front of someone as a teacher, you are a representative of their higher consciousness, and that should not be betrayed.

So I've been working on speaking my truth, and getting more in touch with what that is, lately. A fascinating part of this process has been studying Yogi Bhajan's book 'The Mind', as part of a self-study for my Continuous Professional Development (a requirement to continue to be registered with my yoga governing body). One key teaching from this book is to only speak or act when the positive and negative minds have been balanced and you are in touch with your Neutral Mind. The Neutral Mind is the way that your soul speaks to you: the truth uncluttered by fear, prejudice and past actions. It's simply the truth of this moment.

Last night my friend Lou-Ice and I were talking about being in the moment and how that often means letting other things fall away; things you might have planned to do, but just aren't right when the particular moment comes. There is of course a balance between this and observing one's commitments!

And finally, a poem that I've been working on.It was inspired by a beautiful photograph (see below) by Lydia Panas of teenage girls that I saw at a recent gallery exhibition on an 'artist's date'. It's a bit 'dark' but I hope it makes you might even remind you of your teenage years!


Their faces are set:
chins jutting against the sharp
of what they cannot reach.

At night they go out,
take pills to line the longing
of their empty stomachs.

When they were five and their
bellies were round and soft
they did somersaults on the grass

before they sat on the toilet crying
"Daddy, I'm fat."

Hip-hop lyrics dazzle
off their pierced tongues,
their tongues so traitorous,

new revolutions spilt
like guilt pennies in the gutter of Monday.
How can they trust you

when behind their eyelids
there are a million worlds
without you in them?

Their eyes don't look at you:
they look into their own minds,
bore into their own bodies.

Their silence is weighted
with the words they don't know
to ask for what they want.

Tight-covered thighs
wait for the touch
of hard hands.

1 comment:

getting stuff done said...

great to be getting back into your yoga so. I miss it a lot. x thanks for sharing your poem.