It is such an honor to have received this gift from Toni Goodman. She wrote it for me when I moved from Oregon to California, almost 4 years ago. We didn't know that I would still be teaching at Imagine Yoga Studio twice a week through Zoom, and that I would be travelling there to teach workshops quite often.
And so many more unpredictable things have happened, which makes me think about another poem: "Optimism", by Jane Hirshfield, which Toni shared with us longtime ago in her 'Poetry Circle'.
Thank you, Toni! It goes right into my heart and stays there - here.
Creating a Heart Space
“I dwell in Possibility” - Emily Dickinson
To see the world from our hearts
is to dwell in the realm
of possibility; To stand fully
aligned with spirit,
To trust in life’s unfolding.
To sense with attention-the body,
The resonant percussion of breath
Smooth and soft, long and deep
Oceanic ebb and flow.
To ride its current,
plumb its depths,
feel its shape and subtle textures,
Taking in. Letting go.
To hold a conscious space
for deep connection
and to return gently when
energy shifts, thoughts wander –
or we don’t feel it.
To laugh with the joy
of our imperfections
From the belly of our imperfections
Abiding with the imperfections
of everyone around us.
To honor ourselves with compassion
as community- beautiful,
vibrant, beloved community
in which to flourish and grow.
And for you, who created
this bevy of heart dwellers,
we celebrate with fullness
and gratitude for all of yourself
you have invested in us.
About Imagine Yoga Studio, where we met!