Giving thanks, and things to read

Here’s perhaps a new way to think about the Thanksgiving holiday: “the most Jupiterian of all holidays, always falling on a Thursday.”

That, if you’re an astute reader, you realize is from Tim Miller, who knows some about the heavens (and gurus). The holiday and the practice of Ashtanga further conflate:

Thanks Giving gives us the key to activating Jupiter’s power—we express our gratitude for what we receive both materially and spiritually and this keeps the flow of Grace showering down upon us from the heavens.  When we practice yoga, tradition dictates that we always begin by taking a moment to offer our gratitude to all of the Gurus who have come before us and to humbly ask for their assistance in our ongoing journey:

Surely you know what comes next?

You’ll have to read Tim’s post (I’ve given you two chances now) to find out what he’s grateful for this year. It just might surprise you. (I’m officially skeptical of the very thing for which he is grateful; I guess one isn’t always 100% in line with the guru.)

I also feel compelled to mention something you’ve probably already seen. Eddie Stern has created a new Facebook page — I guess he maxed out on the number of friends for his personal page — and he’s been posting a lot of terrific stuff, much of it directly related to Guruji. An example:

Guruji on the perfection of yoga: “The ancient rishis of India said the practice of yoga takes as long to master as it takes for you to empty the oceans by a dipping a stick into them and trying to take a little water out.”(NYC, 2005) Sounds to me like a perfect recipe for surrendering all efforts!

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Anyway, Happy (early) Thanksgiving. I’m sure we’ll get something up on the holiday, but still… for those ahead of us as the world turns, we’re getting close to the holiday.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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