Something Else

So, tonight I opened up a box searching for photos of someone that was part of my life so many years ago. Often it seems like yesterday. But as I was watching so many posts on instagram for World AIDS Day I thought it important to commemorate the importance of this person in my life. Funny thing was, that’s not how it turned out.

Sometimes we want things in a certain way. But as we start to look, that’s not things unfold. We try to force things to looks like we want them to and the only thing it serves…is suffering and struggle.

As I searched for photos in a box, so many others turned up. So many images of joy and laughing. On this solemn day, it’s as important to remember the living as well as the those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS.

The photos I share are from years ago…my joyous nieces and nephews. My bawdy Mom.

Sending all of you…love.

 

54

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I’ve always loved numerology. While I don’t run my life by it, it’s fun to see patterns in our life at various stages. Following is some information about 54.

If you’re an English-speaking numerologist you may like assigning 1 to A, 2 to B etc. Add up the numbers associated with the letters in LOVE and you get 12 + 15 + 22 + 5 = 54

54 is half of 108

A Rubik’s Cube has 54 colored squares

The number of milligrams of caffeine in 12 ounces of Mountain Dew.

54 is also reduced to 9.

The Numerology Meaning of the Number 9
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The last of the cardinal numbers, the 9 is the most worldly and sophisticated of all numbers. The 9 has some similarities with the 6. However, whereas the 6 as a symbol of motherly (or fatherly) love, giving its love and care to friends, family and the immediate community, the 9 offers it to the world at large; the 9, more than any other number, has global consciousness. Looking at the shape of the symbol is, as always, quite telling. The 9 is like the 6 upside down, a symbol of her offering sympathy and compassion to everyone; a reservoir of giving with a generous downward spout.

The 9 lives in the world and understands the connections between all of mankind. It is a humanitarian, and sees no real difference between its neighbor next door and the person living in a very different culture and environment on the other side of the world. The 9 is the least judgmental of all numbers, the most tolerant and the most conscious.

Neither specifically masculine or feminine, the 9 seems more feminine, in large part, because she is so loving and empathetic. She walks like a queen, tall and statuesque, yet feels closely connected with the rest of mankind. At the same time, she is hard to reach, seems aloof and tends to float above the small-minded issues that can be so upsetting to others. You either love her or loathe her, but you can’t deny her the respect she demands. She has impeccable taste, is talented and creative, and can be quite eloquent when she expresses herself.

The 9 is called the “Mother Theresa” number, because when she sees injustice or suffering, she will not hesitate to devote herself to rectifying it. More importantly, she will not dedicate any energy towards receiving credit for her actions; the purity of math that is manifested when she adds to the lives of others is mirrored in the way she goes about doing good: she will not force herself upon others.

Personal Year – 9
Reflection and Reaching Out
Personal Year 9 represents fulfilling and closing cycles and readiness to advance in the coming year to a higher level with the Personal Year 1. During this time a people can feel that their property, situations and people are “getting out of hand,” and those who have no desire for change or progress can feel anxious and restless. It is a human nature to stick with what we have, but there are also people whose uncertainty does not let go of things even if there is no hope of success. It is sometimes said that a drowning man will clutch at a straw, and this also applies in this case. As well as vibration of Personal Year 7 may also vibration of Personal Year 9 cause a lot of trouble and confusion, but the difference is that while vibrations of number seven are important for the growth of spiritual awareness, vibrations of number nine are important for growth of personal awareness and responsibility.

Friendships and romantic relationships can come to an end in this period. People may move, change jobs, make long journeys, change the direction of their efforts, or lose something that is of great value to them. It is also the year in which people get responsibility, or they will take on the responsibility themselves. It may be within the family through marriage, birth of a child, or purchase of property; or it can be outside the family in connection with employment or social activities. People have the opportunity to become responsible for themselves, and to be responsible for some aspect of their life that they always wanted to change.

During this period people are forced to reorganize their priorities, and this ignites many thoughts that are taken to the next cycle where they are developed and expanded.

All activities and responsibilities of this year increase awareness and enable personal and spiritual development. Personal Year 9 is one of the most difficult years (together with Personal Years Four and Seven), but among all the difficulties that people seem to attract during this time it gives them the opportunity to learn something new and develop their personality. It is crucial to know what to look for, but when you go through your life, year after year, and compare your personal years with your successes, challenges, joys and lessons that each of these years brought to you, you will understand life a bit more than before.

Taken from Astroseek

Weekend Yoga Retreat – November 9-11

We had an early taste of Autumn over the past week in New York City. A coolness in the air. Jackets came out. While the Labor Day weekend is an artificial transition into Autumn, we felt the shift.

While there is still another week or so of official summer, the leisure of the summer months is over, and we find ourselves navigating new schedules for school, back to five-day weeks at work, and the anticipation of the rush up to the end of the year. Within that transition, we can begin to feel unsettled, ungrounded and unstable.

In the thick of it, we tend to create lists and jump from task to task without even pausing to get a sense of completion. We don’t seem to allow even the smallest notion of completion to enter the picture of our daily lives. We’re just onto the next thing.

At the end of my day, I always sit quietly and acknowledge my experience from that day. Oftentimes, that experience doesn’t necessarily match the picture in my mind of how I think things should have been. Nonetheless, I acknowledge my efforts with a hearty “great job” or “Dennis, you did that best you could.” This acknowledgment is important in creating a sense of completeness. A moment to pause and see all I’ve accomplished. In that process, I quiet the noise of the inner critic. I begin to clear some of the clutter that’s no longer of use. I get rid of what no longer serves me.

It’s through our practice we find this. Our practice offers us a toolkit we can use as we journey along our path. Our Dharma is our truth and being awake in every moment along our journey. It is the foundation for a meaningful life. When we live according to these principles we find the peace and joy that is always within us. We find compassion and awareness that’s always there. We release what no longer serves us.

I have the great honor of leading a weekend retreat in conjunction with the beloved NY Loves Yoga community in a beautiful house in the Pocono Mountains. Join me November 9 – 11 for a powerful weekend when we’ll take a moment to pause to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. We’ll explore together how the teachings of our practice can keep us grounded and awakened on our way to clearing a lot of the clutter and the noise in the mind. You’ll leave with tools to navigate the challenges of life in the immediate and throughout your life. Click here for more details.

Be well.

 

December Happenings and Special New Years Day Class

Happy December! As we move into the holiday season, we can feel rushed along by the rush of things. If we’re not careful, we can miss the really important things. I’m encouraging my classes to take five minutes in the morning and/or evening through January 1 to sit still and pay attention to the breath. Try not to get caught up in what to call this. Just sit still and breath. Slow down. You’ll find calm and clarity in the midst of the holiday chaos and there’s potential for people to like you more.

Schedule Changes

Start next week (December 11, 2017) I’m shifting my 12:15pm on Mondays at Brooklyn Yoga Project to Tuesdays. With that, I’ll be adding a 1:00pm on Mondays at NYHRC 45th Street. Join me. You can always find my full schedule here.

Special New Years Day Class

Join me and the rest of the marvelous community of NY Loves Yoga on January 1, 2018 from 2 to 4pm at NY Loves Yoga for a joyful and uplifting class focusing on skillful effort. There’s a lovely little gift included. Space is limited so book here now.

January Happenings and Beyond

happy-new-yearA Very Happy New Year to You!

I trust the last days of 2016 and the first days of 2017 have found you setting intentions for a solid foundation in the upcoming year. May you have happiness, joy, and freedom throughout!

The only constant is change and the end of 2016 brought the gentle reminder of the impermanence of all things. The gym (that) pioneered the idea of club as nightclub, David Barton Gym, ceased operations of its New York City locations. If you’re visiting this page and were with me at DBG and have not heard from me, click here and send me a quick message. I’d love to hear from you!

But as the adage goes, doors closing and opening and all, I’m adding of a new class on Saturdays at 11am at NYHRC 50th Street. Because change is constant, it won’t be the last addition or change in 2017 and you can keep up to date on my schedule by clicking here.

Yoga Blueprint: The Art & Architecture of Your Practice

Starting January 29, 2017, join me for this four part series at NY Loves Yoga. In a supportive and creative environment, you will break down various poses, sequences, and breath practices helping you establish and/or refine a solid foundation to keep you safe and feeling great – and of course topped off with a bunch of inspiring Dennis-isms to keep it encouraging and fun.  Click here for more information. You’ll leave feeling accomplished, confident, and invigorated.

200 Hour Brooklyn Yoga Project Teacher Training

Join this Yoga Alliance certified 200 Hour Teacher Training, starting in March, at our home in Brooklyn. Throughout the training you will explore the history of yoga and its philosophy, study asana and the movement of the body, dive into meditation, and deconstruct the layers of your heart. You’ll break down the asana and learn about the anatomy and physiology of the body, and as it moves through the postures. Explore and discover the root of asana – breath and bandhas, and learn the benefits of pranayama. Learn about the chakras of the body and how they connect to the poses, the breath, and YOU! Breakdown walls and barriers and breakthrough to the real YOU. The time is now. The only thing that is constant is change. Rather than fight it, embrace it and fly! Click here to find out more!

The Peace Project: Be heard without a word

peaceprojectDear Community,

Brooklyn Yoga Project and Sette Creative invite you to join us in a group meditation dedicated to moving forward together in strength, love and commitment to ourselves, each other, our city, and our country.

On Friday, Nov. 18, we will gather in Columbus Circle at 530pm and meditation will begin at 6pm to break down false borders and build a common energy that can be shared by all. Join us to hold space for hope,Continue reading “The Peace Project: Be heard without a word”