Cathrine Mathiesen


Never give up

The true meaning of life

Namaste

10,000

Sandra Kring – The blade of grass

Sandra Kring – The tiny seed

Rumi – Out beyond ideas

Rumi – What are you looking for

Rumi – You may be proud

Rumi – Very little grows

Rumi – This being human

Like a caring mother

Our Deepest Fear

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Tree of Yoga B.K.S. Iyengar

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Anna Yoga, The Yoga of Food Jack Santa Maria

The Tree of Yoga B.K.S. Iyengar

Hameed Ali, excerpted from Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

B.K.S. Iyengar

Swami Kripalu

The Incarnating Child

Blessings for a mother-to-be

Inspiration

Never give up

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
is spent developing the mind
instead of the heart
Develop the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
but to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
in your heart and in the world
Work for peace
and I say again
Never give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up

~ The Dalai Lama

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The true meaning of life

We are visitors to this planet
We are here for ninety
or one hundred years
at the very most
During that period,
we must try to do something good
something useful,
with our lives
If you contribute to other
people’s happiness, you will
find the true goal,
The true meaning of life

~ The Dalai Lama

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Namaste

I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells
I honor the place in you
which is of love, of truth,
of light and of peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me,
we are one.

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10,000

Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu Men, Chinese Zen Master and poet

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Be like the single blade of grass. For she too, has been trampled on, mowed down, and hit with such bitterly cold stretches that she had to shut down to survive. Yet still she stands upright with dignity, knowing that she endures, and still she dances with the wind.

~ Sandra Kring

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The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, struggle to reach the light.

~ Sandra Kring

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Out beyond ideas of
wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

~ Rumi

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What are you looking for, my friend,
completely absorbed in the affairs of this world?
Unless you strive for Spirit your bread will remain
unbaked and your destiny unfulfilled.
Do not waste your life decorating your gravestone.
Instead dig a grave and bury your ego, surrender to Him
so His breath may replenish your being.

~ Rumi

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You may be proud and conceited but
you cannot impress the sun by flirting.
Stop walking in your own shadow
wallowing in your own foolish thoughts.
Raise your head, look at the sun, walk
among the flowers, become a human being.
Do not dwell in darkness like a night bird
prey for the monsters of your imagination.
Get up and seek the light, look towards the sun.

~ Rumi

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Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled,
so wildflowers will come up
where you are.

You’ve been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
Surrender.

~ Rumi

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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 attend them all!
Even if they’re 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.

Welcome difficulty.
Learn the alchemy true human
beings know.
the moment you accept what troubles
you’ve been given, the door opens.

Welcome difficulty as a familiar
comrade. Joke with torment
brought by the Friend.

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes
and jackets that serve to cover,
and then are taken off.
That undressing,
and the beautiful
naked body
underneath
is the sweetness
that comes
after grief.

~ Rumi

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Like a caring mother
Holding and guarding the life
Of her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Hold yourself and all beings.

~ Buddha

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Our Deepest Fear 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

 

by Marianne Williamson

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“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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‘Pranayama means energy. Cosmic energy, individual energy, sexual energy, intellectual energy, all are prana. It is even said the prana causes the sun and the rain to come. Prana is universal. It permeates each individual as well as the universe at all levels. All that vibrates is prana – heat, light, gravity, magnetism, vigour, power, vitality, electricity, life, breath, spirit, all are forms of prana. Prana is the hub of the wheel of life. All beings are born through it and live by it, and when they die, their individual breath dissolves into the cosmic breath. It is potent in all beings and a prime mover of all activity.’

From The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

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1. And now the teaching on yoga begins.
2. Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.
3. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbound consciousness
4. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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‘Yoga practice is designed to bring about an awakening to the incomplete perception of reality by the arousal of the spiritual forces dormant in every human body. Yoga is therefore a spiritual practice with a spiritual aim and it means that the aspirant deliberately fashions a way of life so that daily activities are directed towards this aim. It also reinforces the focusing of activity with special techniques and exercises which have evolved through prolonged study of the human mind and body. One who sets out to fashion such a way of life is called a yogi.’

From Anna Yoga, The Yoga of Food by Jack Santa Maria

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‘When you take care of a tree in its growth, in due time it blossoms into flowers and then gives its natural culmination which is the fruit. Likewise the practice of yoga has to culminate sooner or later into the spiritual fragrance of freedom and beauty. As the essence of the tree is contained in the fruit, so too is the essence of your practice contained in its fruit of freedom, poise, peace and beauty.’

From The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

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Sincerely explore for yourself, are you here or not? Are you in your body or oblivious, or only aware of parts of it? When I say, “Are you in your body?” I mean, “Are you completely filling your body?” I want to know whether you are in your feet, or just have feet. Do you live in them, or are they just things you use when you walk? Are you in your belly, or do you just know vaguely that you have a belly? Or is it just for food?

Are you really in your hands, or do you move them from a distance? Are you present in your cells, inhabiting and filling your body? If you aren’t in your body, what significance is there in your experience this moment? Are you preparing, so that you can be here in the future?  Are you setting up conditions by saying to yourself, “When such and such happens I’ll have time, I’ll be here.” If you are not here, what are you saving yourself for?

Hameed Ali, excerpted from Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

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Without freedom of the body, freedom of the mind is a far fetched idea.

B.K.S Iyengar

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My beloved child, break your heart no longer.
Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart;
you stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality.
The time has come. Your time to live, to celebrate.
And to see the goodness that you are.
You, my child, are Divine. You are pure. You are sublimely free.
You are God in disguise and you’re always perfectly safe.
Do not fight the dark, just turn on the light.
Let go and Breathe in to the Goodness that you are.

Swami Kripalu

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The Incarnating Child 

Into my will,
let there pour strength.
Into my feeling,
let there flow warmth.
Into my thinking,
let there shine light.
That I might nurture this child
with enlightened purpose,
caring with heart’s love
and bringing wisdom to all things.

From boundless cosmic regions
From sounding starry spaces
Our child has sought and found us
We welcome him to earth

By Joan Salter

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Blessings for a mother-to-be

Nothing could have prepared
Your heart to open like this.

From beyond the skies and stars
The echo arrived inside you
And started to pulse with life;
Each beat a tiny act of growth,
Traversing all our ancient shapes
On its way home to itself.

Once it began, you were no longer on your own.
A new more courageous you, offering itself
In a new way to a presence you can sense
But you have not seen or known.

It has made you feel alone
In a way you never knew before;
Everyone else sees only from the outside
What you feel and feed
With every fibre of your being.

Never have you travelled further inward
Where words and thoughts become half-light
Unable to reach the fund of brightness,
Strengthening inside the night of your womb.

Like some primeval moon,
Your soul brightens
The tides of essence
That flow to your child.

You know that your life has changed for ever,
For in all the days and years to come
Distance will never be able to cut you off
From the one you now carry
For nine months under your heart.

May you be blessed with quiet confidence
That destiny will guide you and mind you.

May the emerging spirit of your child
Imbibe encouragement and joy
From the continuous music of your heart
So that it can grow with ease
Expectant of wonder and welcome
When its form is fully filled

And it makes its journey out
To see you and settle at last
Relieved, and glad in your arms

From Benedictus by John O’Donohue

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