Years before Yoga Among Friends was a place, it was a concept in my heart. I wanted to create a community, a place of belonging to something bigger and not call it a “church.” I wanted to create an environment where you could observe and enjoy the quality of the quiet sound. Singing was still a long way from being a comfortable vehicle for calm. The mind is often resistant to creating its own internal vibration and only creates more stress.
A year before I opened the center, I entered an art studio in Breckenridge, Colorado. Immediately, I was drawn to the sound of running water and fell in love with a handmade base with aspen leaves printed inside. A work of art that spoke to my heart. I knew I found my expression of peace. It is hard to believe the power of sound over the nervous system. It is the gateway to be able to go from listening to noises to really listening to the soul. The ability to tune in to the active ability to listen is the gateway from distracting the small-minded talk to being absorbed in the quality of the facility.
For those who enter our studio, the fountain continues to circulate its water flow, and remains the welcoming reminder to slow down, breathe, settle into the experience of presence. She greets me every time I walk into our reception area. She directs my attention to her constant circulation of the sound of her dripping water and the effect shifts my busy, wandering mind into presence. I entered the sacred space of the studio. My mood changes and calm grips me and I exhale. Every time I enter YAF, I am grateful for its consistent and consistent sound. I water it like a plant, I care for it like a student.
We are all connected to the beauty of sound and movement; and yet we do not hear or see clearly when we are too distracted by our worries, doubts, and fears. The sound of water is so healing to me that I’m running out of water too. My nervous system needs to be nourished and my physical body needs to flow with the movement of the breath as well. Inhale and exhale, the constant grace of being alive.
All life is movement; and yet we are advancing too fast and not at the pace of grace. My heartbeat can’t keep up with the pace of the push and the effort of my little mind directing me to do MORE. But when I walk into the studio, I immediately pause to listen. The source reminds me that I am absorbed in its ease qualities.
Sound offers the ability to listen deeply, go inward and nurture the deepest essence of our “being”. Noise surrounds us. Constantly bombarded words keep us busy with false information, angry tones of guilt, and cries for help. How do we stop all this talk in our minds and moods from going from being too anxious to being too exhausted to worrying more?
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