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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Asking for Guidance (and summertime craziness)

In the morning when you wake, lie on your back and be perfectly still.  Silently say to yourself, "Today I will make no decisions by myself."  Say this several times until you feel that you have meant what you are saying.  Then add, "I will make no decisions by myself because it is no longer intelligent to do so.  Instead, I will make all my decisions in silent counsel with the Infinite.  Erich Schiffmann

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I just pulled the above words out of the book I was gushing about a couple of posts ago.  The book is entitled Yoga, The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann. Everything I read is knocking my socks off.

With all the summertime busyness and having little time to myself, I'm finding it more and more necessary (though not at all easy) to let go and turn it constantly ask for guidance in the midst of whatever wild thing happens to be going on.  I'm doing my best to let go of the idea that I'm going to find some sort of rhythm to my "schedule," this summer, or that I'm going to get the things done that I want to get done, exactly when I want to get them done.  Just as I was beginning to type this, the power spontaneously turned off (I have no idea why) and I lost the several sentences I had finally gotten around to typing.  And now a mosquito is insisting on pestering the hell out of me.  My kids will be awake any moment asking for breakfast and attention & I have a date at the Bikram yoga studio an hour and a half from now (!)....I can't wait to tell you about that later.

So, for today and probably for these upcoming summer days, I will keep this short and simple.  And I will keep doing my best to turn it over and ask for guidance and let go, let go, let go of everything else.

So, here's the exercise...whenever your're faced with a decision, pause for a moment and tune into the sensations in your body, get still and quiet and ask for guidance.  I find that when I take the time to do this before I eat, before I make a decision of any kind, something subtle and beautiful and knowing answers back.  Give it a try.

Enjoy your weekend, dear readers...see you back here next week.


  1. Can't wait to hear about your date!! Happy weekend and letting go xox

  2. Pausing to get still and asking for guidance has truly changed my life. Thank you for sharing this dear friend. I know the summer rhythm gets a bit crazy! Envisioning you in a strong warrior pose right now! Can't wait to hear about your yoga date.

    Erich Schiffmann is a good friend of Daphne's and has taught here in Bali. He shares so much wisdom. Now we need to get you to Bali for some yoga in the rice fields!

    Love you! xoxo

  3. Love this! You inspired me to do yoga today, and wow, felt so good! Thank you.

  4. this sounds lovely, I do tai chi but have never done yoga. Soon I will try it. take care and have a great weekend. hugs.

  5. I've read and re-read parts and pieces of this book. So much wisdom..and a practice I try to partake in daily. Quiet. Just breathe and feel.

  6. I LOVE this- it is so right on.


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