Some Questions You Might Ask

A note from Erin:

Good day, friends!

May I offer some living questions?
How might you make yourself a wee bit more comfortable right now?

Is there some way you could make what you’re doing less effortful and more pleasurable?

Are you feeling the support of the ground, this beautiful, living Earth under each of us, no matter where we are reading this?  There’s unconditional support for you, baby! Could you let yourself receive that support more fully?

Could your hands have 20% less effort and tension right now?

Can you be aware of the sounds around you as you’re reading this, and still feel your butt on your seat?

Would you feel better if you unclenched your jaw and smiled? Even the tiny hint of a smile like a Buddha?

Can you soften your eyes to receive the periphery?

Would your neck feel better if you moved your head a bit, maybe back away from the screen and on top of your spine?

Can you have a sense of relaxed length in your spine?

How would it feel to do a very complete exhale, pause, and let the next breath come in on its own? Maybe 3 times?

Care to drop your shoulders away from your ears?

Can you feel the sensations around your heart? Can you sense your heart beating, right where it sits snuggled between your lungs?

Have you noticed any beauty today?
Can you feel how it resonates in your body? (A hint: Not possible if you’re rushing…)

Have you seen any species, which if they went extinct, you’d think, “Wow. I got to see a raven! I saw a real dogwood tree, in spring even! Those pigeons used to be everywhere. I took their shimmering gleam for granted.”
And wow – on this day they’re not extinct. Praise! We’re the lucky ones who get to see them!

How about softening your belly and letting it expand with your next breath?

Now, let’s spice up this stew of questions with some delicious wise words from our elders:

Let me keep my distance always from those who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say Look! and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.

– Mary Oliver

How about this point, as it sure feels like we’re on shaky ground:

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.

What does your heart know is possible, even if no one else can see it yet?

A favorite passage from Stafford:

The things you do not have to say make you rich. 

Saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk.

Hearing the things you do not have to hear dulls your hearing.

And the things you know before you hear them; these are you and the reason you are in the world.

-William Stafford from Crossing Unmarked Snow

What did you know before you heard it? What clues might it contain as to why you are in the world?

Finally, from Rumi:

You were born with potential

You were born with goodness and trust

You were born with ideals and dreams

You were born with greatness

You were born with wings

You are not meant for crawling so don’t

You have wings…. Learn to use them and fly!

Wishing you a beautiful day, friends.
What a gift it is to be alive.
With warmth,

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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.