a moment to fly up...
Photo of Mokichi Okada
Such a life we are given. When I gaze at this man's face I imagine slow knowledge, a life with space and time, led along by his ever-evolving inner and outer life.
His life had many disruptions. As a young art student he developed an eye disease which prevented him from following the path he desired. He researched and adopted a vegetarian diet, curing himself. Later in life this experience led him to explore methods of organic farming.
He took over his father's antique business, but the post-World War I recession of 1920 and the devastating Tokyo earthquake of 1923 caused his business irrevocable damage, which was followed by the loss of his wife and children.
He sought answers to the adversities in his life and turned to religion.
His values of truth, virtue, and beauty he believed were intrinsic to a human being's real happiness and capacity in life. He perceived that ill health, poverty and conflict prevented others from flourishing.
I tell this story becasue it helps me to talk about movement in a life. His is not a random life, difficult things occur, but each time he seeks to follow a thread, a way of evolving himself and his part in the world around him.
We live in a world where we are always at risk of getting lost in the possibility of too much. We move through our lives with so much haste and overfill, that we lose the orbit that has a gravitational pull for us. Listeneing to gravitational pull grows us to discern.
My experience is that this pull can come from both adversity and falling in love. It is as if the world conspires, or our own inner being says' this way'. And then you want to do what you love, finding ways of learning and doing.
We are at heart creative. A regular practice emerges, then meditation, and writing, etc, and these things slowly bring a rhythm, a pulse into the life.
Our minds are very noisy, it is the ground we stand on, so we do not notice so much, it is just the way things are. And then through steady yoga practice a re-wiring occurs and a re-weaving, so that we notice that we think differently. There is more space, more time. The body and the breath weave the emotional life into one, and then there, at the end of the exhalation in the silence is the life of the spirit, a mystery, a fragrance. 'God' .
It is an extraordinary journey which never ends. It gives such a quality to our lives, a simpler uncluttered mind, living closer to ourselves, others and our world.
It takes a while to hear deeper. We can deceive ourselves with stories. It takes time to hear what pains and fears drive us, they move so quickly into place, to take over, pushing everything else aside. Until one day we can see they are just a guest, a pushy frightened quest, who needs to be welcomed too. Then these guests no longer need to dominate all decisions. Learning the truth is freeing. Speaking it is even better.
The community becomes a 'Sangha', a spiritual home, a place that nourishes and protects. A place you can be yourself and share your journey.
This is the focus of Mentoring Program. Learning to linger, living deeper, in need of less. Shaping the values that give interior strength and a stability - to walk into the unknown.
Understand - through the stillness,
Act - out of stillness,
Prevail - in the stillness.
(Dag Hammarkskold- On the Art of Ethical Leadership)
The program is not only about assessments- but in living a life in yoga. To become a teacher or upgrade is just a part of the process.
In late September 2024 there is the opportunity to join a yoga/cultural exploration in Japan. This is not included in the program.
2024 - 25: Mentoring Program
A moment to fly up?
This white rabbit is from Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He is always in a hurry, pushed and pressed by societal needs, anxious, and wound up. Looking at his clock all the time... is he late?
He wants to do everything, but there comes a moment when a rabbit needs to decide what rabbit wants. Could he learn how to linger, to discover the fear that he has of some fear that he is not enough, that his is missing out?
So what is a rabbit going to do?
Will rabbit learn to live his one amazing life... or be lead blindly along ?.
Overview of the year
The program runs from March 2024 to early March 2025 and includes two face-to face retreats which book-end the mentorship program.
1st Retreat: March 10th -16th 2024 (Sunday to Saturday) in Reflections Nambucca Heads.
This six-day retreat is a core component that starts the year.
5 x 4 hour Sunday meetings on the first Sunday of the month. 2pm to 6pm.
10 x 1.5 hour Friday evening practices and conversation on the same weekend as the Sunday meetings + additional Fridays leading into and coming out of the program.
2nd Retreat: March 3rd - 9th 2025 in Nambucca Heads
I will be taking a break mid year for my own study break.
Total cost $3,288 for the entire program- a retreat each year
it can be paid in full- attracting a $200 discount.
$1000 deposit to be paid by 31.01.23; and
$88 per fortnight starting 1st March 2024 and ending end February 2025.
The cost includes access to the library of recorded classes.
Please write to me at email@example.com expressing your interest and why you would like to join the program, including a brief yoga history and current situation.
The closing date is the December 30th 2023- or when it fills. Let me know soon if you are interested
Thanks for your consideration.
I encourage all who are doing the Mentoring Program to attend classes or monthly intensives
whatever keeps you in contact.
Some interesting articles
You may find these interviews useful in the context of thinking about the course.
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ABC Radio interview: "Why Indy Johar doesn't want you to 'escape' to New Zealand"