Don’t want it darker?

If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

…from “You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen

Last week was heavy, to put it mildly. The election of Trump, the death of Leonard Cohen…it felt like one shock and grief after another.

In response, I’ve been recommitting myself to my yoga and meditation practice, in an effort to find a little light in the darkness. My practice was somewhat off kilter in the recent transitional months, and it’s a solace to be back to a regular routine. As I said to my teacher yesterday, “Coming to the studio is the great leveller.” I also returned to sangha last night, and it was the largest group I’ve ever seen in that space on a Monday evening, which is fairly telling of the times we’re living in, and the increasing need for community and spiritual connection.

I’m teaching restorative yoga the next two Wednesdays, 7:30 pm to 9 pm, at Ahimsa Yoga Centre on Bloor Street. We’ll be working with these themes: moving from darkness into light, and sending metta (loving-kindness)…we’ll start small. All levels welcome.

I’m also exploring the connection between writing and movement, and will be engaging in a few exercises and workshops on that theme in the coming months…stay tuned for more info.

May you find peace in each of your moments.

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