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Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind

Hmmm, Our Monkey Mind
Our Mind Monkey~
Is restless, and random,
Rebellious, and junky?

Silly, and scattered
Like a toddler in its movement~
Won’t settle down,
And needs vast improvement?

The mind is a problem,
That we need to control.
It’s random, and restless
And a bit of a troll?

That’s nonsense, we say!
And quite derogatory!
The nature of the mind
Is going for glory!

The mind is evolutionary,
progressive, dynamic.
Always seeking and moving
toward that which is magic.


So, think NOT monkey mind
More like, mind is royalty~
A King to Serve
With Love and Loyalty.

But, how can we Serve,
The Great Intelligence of our minds?
By meditation and mantras
And movement refined.

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By exceptional quality
Of the company we keep,
What we see, what we hear,
How well we do sleep.

By lavish feasts of sutras,
Of songs, and of silence,
Of settling, and stillness
And speech for your Highness.

Much of your activity
Will settle in bliss~
Yet portions of Royal Mind
Will continue to hiss.

And that, my dear friend~
Is the Great Intelligence~
It wants more and more
Of higher elegance.

The Discipline of yoga,
Now, you see,
Is in permitting and inviting
This process~ to BE.


~inspired by my meditation teacher Paul Muller-Ortega~

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Inspired by Yoga Sutra 1.48: ritambhara tatra prajna

Dr. Seuss teaches truth
From his Fountain of Youth
Where wisdom is truthful
And truthful is couth.

“Today you are You,
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is Youer than You.”

Patanjali teaches truthta
In his book full of sutra~
Chapter one: forty-eight
“ritambhara tatra prajna”

Let’s take out the trash
That we’ve stitched and we’ve stashed.
That covers our wisdom
And nishes our nash.

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Push air out of your nose
While pumping belly compose
Toward the back of your body
25 breaths, say the pros.

Deep breath in to check in
Lift chest toward your chin
Notice the truth
And the wisdom within.

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To deepen truth’s state
Stretch your arms wide and straight.
Inhale, touch thumbs overhead
Exhale, flap to sides straight.

Flap like a bird.
Truth is the word.
Each breath in think “truth”.
Each breath out think “word”.

3 minutes to flap.
Let falsities unwrap.
Take a full breath inside.
Exhale yip or a yap.

Close your eyes to see
{Between eyebrows is key}
What truth is now revealed
That can set you free…

Truth is the word.




No Mud…No Lotus


(inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh)

‘No mud, no lotus’,
What does this imply?
That without suffering
There can be no blue sky.

Without the grit
There is no pearl.
We must wake from the dullness
Let’s give it a whirl.

Acknowledge your suffering
Without tendency to dwell
From that acceptance
Work like Alexander Graham Bell.

Invent communication
With joy and with wonder,
From the mired suffering
That is present down under.

Thich Nhat Hanh said
“There is the mud,
And there is the lotus
That grows out of the mud.

We need the mud
In order to make the lotus.”
We need to be mindful
Our breath needs to be noticed.

Out of this awareness,
Compassion may arise
We can perform social action
Without travel or supplies.

Practice Lotus Breath
To remind yourself to bloom~
Even in the midst of muddy thoughts
Where it feels like doom and gloom.

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Press pinky side edges together,
And thumb side edges as well.
Expand the rest of your hands away from each other
To resemble the lotus that swells.

Inhale, raise up your lotus flower
As you squeeze your elbows straight.
Exhale, release your hands out to the sides
Then back into lotus at heart space.

Use your entire inhalation
To stretch your arms up straight.
Use your full exhalation
To circumnavigate.

Use the sound of your breath
To remind you of your focus.
Your mindfulness is work~
That is no hocus pocus.

Lotus seeds sprout
In the dark murky pools
Lotus stems grow upwards
Towards the sky’s biggest jewel.

May this Mantra
‘No Mud No Lotus’ do wonders
To practice our blooming
From our blips and our blunders.

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Full 1{Brought to you by the letter F}

Flex FULL between your shoulder blades.
Flex FIERCE by squeezing your legs.
Form a smile shape in your chest.
Have FUN considering eggs.

Consider 2 eggs of passion
{Play this imaginary part}
Fluff up each one with breath
Right behind your heart.

The more FULL you become above
The more FIERCE you become below,
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
Live the life you have imagined”, said Thoreau.

Fun 2What are you devoted to?
What needs to be exposed?
Bring that faith into your legs
When you practice the FIERCE pose.

No one can breathe for us
But we’re not meant to work alone.
Find a friend to hold your calves.
Create in your legs, muscle tone.

Find another friend to be the “chair”
For you to sit back into.
Lift your arms up by your ears
Resist the urge to askew.

Go for parallel thighs,
And shoulders over hips.
Make yourself smell like chocolate
Bring your fingers to your lips.

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A symbol of FIERCE and FUN.
Zip open your lips, let out a laugh.
Zip closed when you are done.

Find more forms and friends
To practice FULL, FIERCE and FUN.
May you become FULL like the moon,
And FIERY just like the sun.


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