The author can be found rummaging through life looking for nourishment in the early hours of the morning. He is slowly going sane by using his actual life and relationships to wake up.He lives in Cape Town with his teenaged daughter, two bassett hounds named Thelma and Louise and Digit... the cat. He hugs trees, has experienced numerous dark nights of the soul, collects incorrect Chinese packaging and tracks curious things to their lair.
There are incredible people out there.Psychotherapy November 30, 2013 - 4:10 pm No Comment
I need to write this down before It fades.
I went to the opening of a yoga studio in a downtown area of Cape Town. This was different from what you may imagine. There were no fashionistas wearing Lulu Lemon, or preening yoga abs invested in attracting attention.
The studio has been built by a visionary couple who are living in alignment with what many of us struggle to understand, vision, courage, purpose and commitment. They are not wealthy, or flash, they have little but are rich beyond measure, offering selfless love and compassion to the community they serve.
The studio has been built in an effort to bring light into dark spaces.
They have transformed a dilapidated old house into a magical space
filled with warm wood, beautiful floors and epic views. Children run around the garden which had originally been a rubbish tip where drug dealers used to peddle their wares to the disaffected. The exhausted community ravaged and suffocated by thugs and drugs, pulled together and donated their time and remaining energy to building a space where people could heal through yoga and meditation.
Although this is a predominantly Muslim community, the clear intention of service that this couple offered seems to have transcended any cultural resistance and encouraged a climate of tolerance and acceptance seen all to rarely in our diverse, troubled country. Many who had lost hope picked up glass, laid bricks, offered whatever they had in an effort to see the studio open. And now, it will be a donation based space where every member of the community can access and explore not only the physical practice of yoga, but the pivotal psycho-spiritual role it can play in healing traumatized psyches. This country is short on pockets of calm where troubled souls can seek out a softer, safer space within.
Idealistic? Not what I saw today, it looked like a vision that had been built brick by brick.
I left feeling humbled, inspired, reminded…to stop obsessing with my own dramas and to open my heart wider and to endeavor to empower others, with everything I have.
I leave you with a piece someone gave me while I was there.
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”
– Terence McKenna