10 February, 2012

Life: The Silent Teacher

Today was Power Vinyasa with Cassandra.

And today was one of the most intense, but inspirational classes that I've ever attended. Cassandra always offers up quotes, thoughts, or experiences from her life that really help deepen my intention, and resonate with me so much. Sometimes, I get quite emotional listening to her talk. Today she started the class by reading a poem. It's one that many people have probably heard before, but I had not. I want to share it with you here.


THERE'S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
By Portia Nelson

Chapter One

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost .... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.        
   
Chapter Two

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit ... but, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.   

Chapter Four

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter Five

I walk down another street.

I could say a lot about today's class, but I would rather just leave it at that.

Thank you, Cassandra, for sharing that today.

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