YOGAPOOLOZA – THE DASH POEM
JANUARY 26TH, 2010: To learn to be intimately present to oneself is at the heart of yoga for this practice is a study of oneself. Kornfield writes, “to learn intimacy is not an easy thing. Growing up in a culture marked by our wounds and longing it is hard to be present.” This is repeatedly true on a day to day basis. To just stay awake to one’s life and be present is difficult. In this practice we did a million poses just once to see if we could be totally present in that one time shot to the best of ourselves. No repetition, just one time, that’s it. Then on to the next pose. This is the actual pace of life. We don’t get to do any moment over again. We only get once chance to live to our fullest in that singular moment. It is living to our fullest potential that yoga inspires within us. And maybe, just maybe we realize through this practice that life is how we spend our dash. And quite honestly, as the loss of two beautiful yogi friends reminds me….it goes all too fast. So wake up! Create the reality of your life right now and then really enjoy it….love your day, love yourself, love your life! Silvia
Here is the poem given to me by a loving student that I read at the end of class. It is by Linda Ellis, titled THE DASH:
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?