When I arrived to practice, Legacy Rose was in the studio. She had returned from a long vacation in Asia. It's nice to have her back. I had a fairly strong practice of Second series to Tittibasana B today. The Kapotasana has improved a lot thanks to all of the instructions from my teachers. Teacher mentioned something while I was in Urdha Danurasana that was useful. She said to push the shoulders inwards (or upwards) so that they were not popping down and there was a nice uninterrupted upward curve to the shape I made. She emphasized her point by pressing up on the shoulders. It actually took out the pressure off the shoulders that I feel in this asana, and the focus went to the energizing the feet. That makes a lot of sense.
Yesterday the Ven. Robina Curtin spoke about right livelihood, one of the 8 fold paths to enlightenment. A tenement of Buddhism is that when you're by yourself, you watch your mind; when you're with others, you watch your mouth. The components of right livelihood are like a finishing school set of rules so you can graduate to higher levels. They're pretty basic, such as, do not steal. Another way of putting that is, do not take what is not given to you. I kind of applied that principle in the shala today. Rather than doing something different in my routine, I asked permission from Teacher to do it.
Robina also talked about not giving false speech, not saying negative things about others. She mentioned that in her convent, if people have disagreements about something, they talk about it and work it out, but never talk ill about one another behind their back. The implication of talking behind the back is terrible, creating great ill will. It's hard to apply that in the work world; it's so much easier to complain about someone being difficult, a fellow consultant in a team, a client, a coworker, etc. But we should not speak ill of them. You don't know their mind, you don't know their circumstance. Today I applied this. There was more Robina covered, but I remember applying those two principles right away.
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