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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

resentment hinders joy

i love my tuesday night yoga crowd. i've had this class since the start of tranquil space and LOVE teaching it. tonight's reading at the end of class was from pema chodren (love this lady!) and focused on how resentment hinders joy. sure, i know that. you know that. but how do we shield the emotions that creep in? in the passage that i read (from wisdom of no escape) she reminds us that resentment will prevent us from noticing flowers set out on a dining room table - the basic beauty of everyday life.

as i personally struggle with resentment at the moment, i found it apropo to have come across this beautiful reminder to read to the class. negative emotion breeds negative emotion. how to fan to negative flames with kindness when brimming with resentment? hmmm, now that's one to ponder!

this evening i enjoyed speaking to GWU's women in business group. amazing girls filled with such drive and desire to make a difference. i was honored. i'll have a photo with the executive board of the group, along with a link to listen to my speech followed by their Q & A, up soon. in the meantime, keep shining and notice those flowers. we deserve joy in abundance! so long resentment.

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Everyday Yogini said...

Pema is the best! I am looking forward to hearing the talk at GWU... thank you for sharing all your ventures.

Anonymous said...

Oh Kimberly! Could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE muse more on how to curb resentment. My best friend in the whole world, whom I love SOOO much, is very fortunate to have recently found someone special and is brimming with joy... I've been single with no prospects for a looong time and though I'm happy for her, I'm also... not so much.

I hate to feel this way and I try to remind myself that "there is only one cup" but it is super hard.

Anything you could add on this topic would be most appreciated, I really struggle with this one!

Sneaux said...

Huh. Wow - that really resonates with me. But then I wonder what it is that I'm resenting that's causing the joy to be sucked out.

You need to do a podcast on this. If for no other reason, than to get the thoughts flowing.

Thanks for this post - it's giving me lots to ponder.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly, I just was wondering how your throat is feeling, hoping that you feel better. I thought I would give my two cents which may be completely irrelevant. I am studying to be a speech pathologist and we learn about many conditions that can happen to the vocal chords from people who do a lot of public speaking. Teachers, professors, and certainly yoga instructors are susceptible to voice nodules and redness and swelling of the larynx due to frequent speech. I am sure youre doctors are 100% awarre of this but I wanted to make sure. Your show has made my life better:)