Why We’re Not Concerned About Having a Bible as Our Guest Book

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I wrote a Facebook post the other day that stated (including a copy of the picture above):

Rather than your typical guest book, at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa, we have a copy of the Holy Bible and we invite everyone to write in it. Pick a spot anywhere and leave us a note. We absolutely can’t wait to start collecting your autographs!!

And I very quickly (VERY quickly) received an email asking me if I was concerned that I might offend people who are not Christians by having a bible in the yoga studio.  

I think it’s best that I share my answer with all of you so that everyone understands where we are coming from, who we are and what we are trying to foster at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa:

My answer:

I certainly could be concerned about having a bible in the yoga studio and offending those people in the community who are not Christians.

I could also be concerned about having a picture or statue of Buddha in the yoga studio and offending people who are not Buddhists.

I could also be concerned about having a rosary in the yoga studio and be concerned about offending anyone who is not Catholic.

I could also be concerned about having mala beads there and offending anyone who does not understand or use them.

I could be concerned about having a meditation room and what that might mean to some.

I could be concerned about having the word “meditation” in our name.

I could be concerned about lots of things.  I could live my entire life concerned.

Yet, any one or all of the above could be seen in the yoga studio.  And I choose not to be concerned.

At Kahanu Yoga & Mediation Spa, we choose to welcome everyone…regardless of what you believe, where you are on your journey, whether or not you meditate, whether or not you pray, whether or not you’ve ever practiced yoga, whether or not you are vegan, vegetarian or love burgers. 

Everyone is welcome here.  Everyone. 

We are not trying to offend anyone…not at all.  Yet…we’re not going to run a business being concerned about who we are offending.  We sincerely hope that all who enter our doors will feel welcomed and will feel a sense of community and love.  We sincerely hope that everyone who stops in will want to come back.  We sincerely hope that every person knows that they can join us anytime they want for yoga, meditation, tea or conversation.  We sincerely hope that nobody is offended by anything we do, say, feel or believe. 

Yet…we can’t live our lives with a fear that others won’t approve.

Instead, we choose to live our lives as authentically as possible. And that means letting everyone know that they are welcome here and at the same time, helping them understand that we are not hiding who WE are.  And that means hiring people from every background.  And that means practicing side by side with those who do not feel as we do.  And that means sharing tea with everyone.  And that means welcoming everyone.  And that means loving and believing in what we do.  

And that means treating everyone who enters our doors with respect and understanding.    

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Mediation Spa)

On a side note:  Throughout my years I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting LOTS of people from LOTS of different religions and belief systems including those who do not believe at all.  In all that time, I’ve never met one person (including Atheists) who don’t respect the message and teaching that the bible stands for…even if they don’t believe.  I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t understand the good that every religious belief is trying to convey to their followers.  However, if I do happen to meet someone like that or someone who just plain doesn’t want to sign their name in a bible…that is perfectly okay.  Giving us your autograph in a bible is NOT a requirement for joining us. Filling out a release and emergency contact form however, IS a requirement.   🙂

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Yoga With a Cold

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I haven’t been feeling well the last couple of days and that is soooo rare for me.  Stuffy nose, cough, sore throat.  I have a cold.  A real cold.  Not one that’s going away after a day.  A true, honest-to-goodness-snot-everywhere-COLD.

And I’m miserable.

Yes…that negative thought has pretty much embraced me right now…so I’m embracing it.  I’m not in denial.  I’m not pretending I’m fine.  I’m not sending positive vibes to myself (okay…I should be doing this…).  I’m sick.  And I admit it.

So now that we’re all clear on that, the question becomes:  What happens to my yoga practice when I’m ill?  Do I give it up and lay on the couch all day?  Do I suck it up and go to a class?  Do I fill myself up with over the counter drugs?  Do I go to the doctor for something a little stronger?

The answer for me is to listen to my body and give it what it is asking for.  Tender loving care.

Here’s what Tender Loving Care means for me today:

1.  I do not go to a class.  Besides the fact that I don’t feel alert enough to be out there driving around, who wants to practice next to me?  Who’s going to be able to focus on themselves with my growing mound of used tissues next to my mat?  Who near me can pay attention to their own practice and their own body when I’m busy making some pretty awful sounds?  How do people convince themselves that I’m not spreading these germs all over the place?  And if someone in there is anything like me, will they be able to practically SEE the germs growing in that heat?  Ewwwwww!!!!

2.  I’m not ingesting over the counter or prescription drugs.  I already feel bad enough.  I don’t need something that’s going to knock me completely out and make me feel disconnected and groggy on top of what I already feel.  Not to say there isn’t a time, place and illness for this.  There absolutely IS.  I’m just not there.  If I get there, I will see my doctor.

3.  I brewed up and am sipping on detox tea.  A LOT of it.

4.  I’m filling up on as much water as I can drink.

5.  I am “steam cleaning” my nose with a neti pot.  If you’re not familiar with this, it is an ancient Ayurveda practice involving cleaning out the nostrils with warm salt water.  It has made a world of difference.

6.  I am NOT giving up my yoga practice but I AM well aware that my body needs rest.  I’m practicing a very gentle restorative yoga and using props to elevate my head while I relax.  I am not pushing myself AT ALL.  I am aware.  I am focused.  I am relaxing.

7.  I am NOT giving up my meditation practice.  I have not been able to go into any sort of deep meditation at all but I am remembering that any small moments of quiet are doing my mind, my body and my soul a world of good.  And I am remembering that any amount of time I spend with God is a joy and a blessing.  I am remembering that prayer is important for my soul.

8.  I am NOT giving up my pranayama practice but I AM giving up any vigorous practice.  I am using gentle alternate nostril breathing and I am practicing in a way that will help clear my sinuses…not make me uncomfortable.  I am learning that vibration can really help clear the sinuses naturally.  I am closing my lips and making the sound of a bee.  I am feeling movement.  I am feeling a loosening of mucus.  I am knowing that it is helping.

9.  I am resting.  I am going to bed early and taking short naps when needed.  I am soaking in detox baths.  I am staying calm.

10.  I am not beating myself up.  I am understanding that this illness is my body’s way of telling me I need to pay attention.  And I am paying attention.

Wishing each of you the best of health today.  Hoping you are all listening to your bodies and giving yourselves whatever it is you need.  If that means a longer, stronger yoga practice, a longer, deeper meditation and prayer session, a nap or a run, I hope you are listening.

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa)

 

PS:  In case you’re curious, I don’t have amounts but here are the ingredients in my detox tea:

  • Fresh ginger
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Water
  • Local organic honey added to the individual cup

And in the bath:

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I use eucalyptus and lavender)
  • 1/3 cup ginger powder (which will make you sweat.  A LOT.  Use less if needed and drink LOTS of water)

Learning to Be Grateful and to See the Beauty in the Rain

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Today I’m this close to a beach.  White sand.  The smell of salted water.  The sound of the waves crashing on the beach.  An absolutely gorgeous view from my hotel room.  Hot coffee.  Zen music on Pandora.  Traveling with my love.  Meeting with great friends.  Meeting new friends.  

Yet…I woke up this morning disappointed in the weather.  Hating the rain.  Wishing I could spend time in the sun on the beach.  Crabby that things aren’t going the way I want them to go.

Really?

I am surrounded by all of this but the weather…the weather of all things…made me look right through everything I have here at my fingertips and see only gloom and chilly weather (and to be honest…the weather isn’t all that chilly) and blah.

How often do we do that?  How often do we forget all the great things about our lives…we forget to notice the wonderful world we live in and the fabulous people we get to spend time with and the beauty of everything God has put within our grasp.  And instead…we focus on what we perceive to be the overwhelming negative stuff.

I posted pictures on my personal Facebook page today and got some very beautiful responses and a couple of much needed chats from people who are looking for and seeing the beauty in what I have within my own grasp today.  They see what I was missing.  They see what I was ignoring.

There is so much beauty here today and there is so much good in my life.  A little rain should never overshadow the good. 

So today…I see the beauty in the rain.  I see the beauty in my view (which I would be missing if I was down there on the beach).  I see how important it is for me to be in this hotel room…writing this blog post..instead of lying out there in the sun.  I see the waves crashing and I don’t focus on the wind that brings those waves…I see the water in all its power…making a beautiful sight for me to behold.  I see a whole new story in the picture above.

It feels much more peaceful and much happier to see the beauty.

For today…I am grateful for the rain…because I can see the beauty in it.

Notice the good in your lives my friends…for the “bad” could actually be the good in disguise.

Namaste,

Brigett (and everyone at Kahanu Yoga and Mediation Spa)