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Non-Dual Sandwich Bliss

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As I sit here eating this sandwich, overflowing with happiness, I think about how I would like to eat this sandwich forever.

But it’s not the taste of the medium rare tuna, topped with the perfect mushrooms, and some divine mystery sauce that’s lighting me up.

It’s the flavor of awareness.

Eating this sandwich forever would quickly lead me to get tired of it.

It’s the temporary nature of experience that makes it so sweet. The unique configuration of this moment, and every other.

And, it arises from the inside, the joy comes from the awareness itself.

Why would I wish to always have the experience of the sandwich when that would make me sick of it?

Because I attribute the feeling to the external trigger, not the source of the feeling itself.

That’s the trap for us, confusing the triggers of the experience with the experience of awareness itself.

We want more triggers—more sandwiches—but if we take the time to look at what’s underneath, we don’t need so many triggers to remind us.

The Oasis Cafe in Salt Lake City was busy, and at first I felt assaulted by the experience—especially the loud girl at the next table talking about her business.

But I quickly reminded myself how blessed I was to have the opportunity to eat such a wonderful meal. I imagined myself surrounded by a bubble of light to contain my energy and keep from soaking up everyone else’s. The experience quickly changed from assaulting to wonderful and I started reading The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts while I was waiting for my food.

Reading deepened my awareness, helping me remember the truth that nothing is “right” or “wrong”, it’s all just awareness experiencing itself in different flavors.

That the girl talking incessantly about her new business was young and simply excited to be aware, not annoying and loud.

It’s all how I chose to label the experience. She was an expression of the whole and she had a great purpose to serve—even if either of us never knew what it was.

We spend most of our time at odds with the ever-changing nature of our own personal experiences; fighting the space between triggers of happiness, labeling them as painful, boring, or wrong. Fighting against external configurations that don’t have the ultimate say about how we feel.

We forget that eating the sandwich forever, to only do the things that make us happy or joyful all the time, would eventually lead to boredom or suffering. These triggers simply open us up to our full, unbounded experience in the moment. The bliss is already there, you’re just playing like it’s not because the game is more fun that way.

Seeing this and remembering it takes a ridiculous amount of practice because the whole world around us is doing its best to forget its true nature. That every moment is as full and perfect as any other.

That the sandwiches are doorways to an experience that’s always there. We act like it’s not because there would be no game to play if everyone was in on the secret.

So if you’re in on the secret, you really have to work not to be fooled. But the more you work at it, the space between being fooled and remembering gets shorter, because you start to realize that the space between isn’t actually there. That every moment is as full and perfect as the moments you label as the highest in your life.

No matter what you believe, you’re a creature made of particles and the elements of stars who’s dodging comets and global disasters without even knowing it. You’re a part of a civilization that for all of its horrors has also created great beauty. You get to experience a view that will never exist again, in every single moment, and you get to choose how you experience it.

The sandwiches only jog your memory.

 

Yoga for Guys – Weekly Park City Class Starts Sept. 30th at The Shop

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Can’t touch your toes? Don’t worry about it. It’s actually a secret advantage to learning yoga.

After a series and some workshops, I’m starting a weekly yoga class for guys in Park City from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Shop  on Tuesday, September 30th.

These classes will teach you about yoga philosophy and your anatomy, help you manage stress, get stronger, and increase flexibility.

The class will be for all levels, from total beginners to regular practitioners.

My goal is to share the physical and mental benefits of yoga with you and to take steps into the power of the underlying philosophy and history of the practice (not a dogmatic religion).

Yes, we will Om. But, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. One of the biggest parts of yoga is discerning what works for you and what doesn’t.

The practice of yoga has improved my running, snowboarding, biking and general well-being/health  and I’m excited  to share what I’ve learned.

It’s not magic. It’s self-awareness, patience, hard work, and dedication with a healthy dose of not taking it or yourself too seriously (it’s fun too).

Sound good? Come check it out.

Details

Classes every Tuesday night from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Starting September 30th)

Located at The Shop : 1167 Woodside Ave, Park City, UT 84060

No Membership Contract Required

Yoga Mats Provided

Voluntary Donation Class

  • Recommended $10-$20
  • Encouraged min. $7
  • If you are worried about adding another expense to your life, come to class anyway and talk to me about it afterward. There are opportunities to trade work maintaining the studio for your class fees.

Questions, thoughts, concerns? Click Here to Email Me.

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How to Cure Yogi’s Block

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Teaching yoga is a lot like writing. You write drafts of classes, they have driving themes and a climax. You easily find yourself with yogi’s block just like writer’s block.  The cure is the same.

Stop thinking and start moving. It doesn’t matter if it’s your pen or your right leg.

You want to create a new sequence for your next class on Ishvara Pranidhana, surrender to the divine, or whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

A page in your notebook is plastered with notes about what it means and how it could fit into a practice.

The element this theme associates with is water because surrender isn’t passive, it’s active and powerful. The second chakra and the hips are related to the movement and fluidity of water. Your third chakra relates to the powerful intention of the element in its flow. Ok, good.

Sitting on your mat, it all seems like it should be so simple, but nothing is happening.

You even know what poses and words could glue most of it together. Maybe you even have an apex pose picked out.

So what?

The thought of practicing all this just doesn’t have any glow. After 20 minutes of pranayama (fancy word for breathing), you abandon trying to create a class and focus on what would make you feel good.

Nothing seems remotely interesting.

Well, you’re still sitting there. You can’t think anything into perfection. You have to get started, even with gibberish. No, especially with gibberish.

Stop sitting there and start moving.

Get the mind unstuck by moving the body and the practice will start to unfold. It doesn’t matter what pose you start with and it doesn’t have to mean a damn thing, just move. That’s it. Now, do something else, anything else.

Keep moving.

All of a sudden, you catch yourself smiling. It feels good to move. Maybe, the beginning of your sequence comes to you. Maybe, the theme solidifies.

Maybe, you have to do this again tomorrow.

You won’t know what you’re teaching until you start moving; just like you won’t know what you’re writing until you start typing.

Breathe deeply. Start moving. Keep moving.

In severe cases, this isn’t enough.

When you feel like yoga is pointless and you don’t even know why you bother with it, you need to refresh your batteries.

Go outside and play. Hike up a mountain. Go see a concert. Dance. Read a book. Ride a bike. Watch a movie. Swim in the ocean. Learn something new. Catch up with an old friend. Make a new one.

Sometimes you need to find new inspiration.

No matter what, the cure is to get moving—on or off your mat.

Yoga For Guys in Park City – Flexibility Not Required

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Can’t touch your toes? Don’t worry about it. These yoga classes for guys in Park City will teach you about yoga, help you feel better, get stronger, and increase flexibility.

This 3-class intro series is on Saturdays in April from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  April 12th, 19th, 26th. Classes are at The Shop Yoga Studio, 1167 Woodside Ave, Park City, UT 84060. Each class is $15 (cash) and yoga mats will be provided. No registration required, just show up. Details are below.

 

3-CLASS INTRO SERIES  

FLEXIBILITY NOT REQUIRED

 

Learn About Yoga 

    Feel Better                Get Stronger          Increase Flexibility 

 

Taught by Cole D. Lehman

Trail Runner                     Computer Jockey                 Snowboarder

Mountain Biker             XC Skier

 

@ The Shop in Park City

3 Saturdays in April

Sat. April 12 3:00-4:00 p.m.         Sat. April 19 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Sat. April 26 3:00-4:00 p.m.

 

Yoga Mats Provided

No Registration Required

Classes are $15 Each (Cash)

1167 Woodside Avenue, Park City 

Questions? Click Here to Email Me

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Flexible Daily Template for an Optimal Life in 2014

Optimal is a flexible and helpful lens to view your life through in 2014.  When you look for formulas that deliver happiness, perfection, enlightenment, etc.  you’re attaching yourself to unattainable things.  They’re unattainable, because every day is different and your optimal state is always changing.  Some days you’re just not going to be happy or you could be sick, and that’s OK, because that’s reality.   Attach yourself to optimal, not perfect.

I have an appreciation for the power of templates and lists.  Not the  rigid, do-it-this-way-every-single-time-in-this-order-no-matter-what-happens-or-the-world-will-explode templates, but templates that outline essential components for success and allow for natural fluctuations.

I created this one for my daily life because I sometimes get caught up in activities and habits that are distracting me from what’s important and ultimately, this makes my life less than optimal.  These are things I can always do to move towards a more favorable state.

  • Drink more water
  • Meditate
  • Practice physical Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Complete work that you’re proud of
  • Interact socially, IRL
  • Learn something new
  • Create something – Write, draw, paint, etc.
  • Play – Read, watch a movie, dance, etc.
  • Take a moment to be grateful for/in awe of life (the fact that we exist at all is really quite amazing)

They don’t ALL have to happen in a single day and they can be combined.  Yoga could be my play and exercise one day, and the work that I’m proud of on another (when I finish a class I’m going to teach).

My favorite thing about templates or lists like these are that you can always add to them, and that practicing just one of these things every day can change your entire world.

Make your own list, and see if it helps you find your daily template for an optimal life.  If you’re into that sort of thing.