"Quote Of The Day"

I just re-joined facebook recently and I am still struggling with the whole “status” thing. When, if, what, how. Or not. And then I came across this really great quote which put my feelings about bodywork, yoga and teaching into a not-too-wordy phrasing. And now, of course, I am plastering this awesome quote everywhere.


“What we’re teaching in massage (bodywork) and counseling is refining our capacity to be sensitive to another’s state by being continually vigilant of our own.” -Constance Buck

Whoa! Sustainable or what? For me this is it. It’s work to be truly vigilant of our own state, real work, no question about that. And mainstream north american culture (where I live!) definitely does not support this type of vigilance. Feed the masses, dope ’em up with feel good, forget everything, cushy couchness of don’t-worry-just-google-it. Which was my initial resistance to the whole blog thing in the first place. I mean, seriously what can you really trust on the internet anyway?

Nonetheless, I forged onward, mostly because of the very sentiment of today’s quote: If I am as vigilant as I can be (keeping in mind my humanness!) then I am doing healthy, sustainable work with my clients and students.
I want to reflect back this concept to them. How can any of us in the field of complimentary medicines truly be there for our clients if we are not continually there for our own selves? Simply, we can not. We must continually do our own work and continue our own studentship. And never forget that we too need help!
For me the sustainability lies in my ability to continue this presence and vigilance in my own life and impart this to clients and students, so that they can do this for themselves and not be dependent on my sessions or classes indefinitely.
This is the sustainable gift: to foster self-awareness
This is the gift that lasts, this is seed saving, this is reducing our footprint, this is mindfulness, this yoga, this is meditation, this non-violence, this is yamas and niyamas, this is presence.
For me.

I just re-joined facebook recently and I am still struggling with the whole “status” thing. When, if, what, how. Or not. And then I came across this really great quote which put my feelings about bodywork, yoga and teaching into a not-too-wordy phrasing. And now, of course, I am plastering this awesome quote everywhere.


“What we’re teaching in massage (bodywork) and counseling is refining our capacity to be sensitive to another’s state by being continually vigilant of our own.” -Constance Buck

Whoa! Sustainable or what? For me this is it. It’s work to be truly vigilant of our own state, real work, no question about that. And mainstream north american culture (where I live!) definitely does not support this type of vigilance. Feed the masses, dope ’em up with feel good, forget everything, cushy couchness of don’t-worry-just-google-it. Which was my initial resistance to the whole blog thing in the first place. I mean, seriously what can you really trust on the internet anyway?

Nonetheless, I forged onward, mostly because of the very sentiment of today’s quote: If I am as vigilant as I can be (keeping in mind my humanness!) then I am doing healthy, sustainable work with my clients and students.
I want to reflect back this concept to them. How can any of us in the field of complimentary medicines truly be there for our clients if we are not continually there for our own selves? Simply, we can not. We must continually do our own work and continue our own studentship. And never forget that we too need help!
For me the sustainability lies in my ability to continue this presence and vigilance in my own life and impart this to clients and students, so that they can do this for themselves and not be dependent on my sessions or classes indefinitely.
This is the sustainable gift: to foster self-awareness
This is the gift that lasts, this is seed saving, this is reducing our footprint, this is mindfulness, this yoga, this is meditation, this non-violence, this is yamas and niyamas, this is presence.
For me.

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