LIFE AND TRANSFORMATIONS

A theatre outing maybe? Le calendrier de ses dames

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One of the Centre's students, Monique Brunel, is a member of the cast for a play that will be presented in French at the Théâtre de l’Île, 1, rue Wellington (secteur de Hull), Gatineau. If you understand French, why not spend a charming evening in good company?

Based on a true story, the play is about a group of mature women who decide to pose nude to make a calendar to raise money for leukemia research. This initiative, which first creates havoc in their environment, makes them progressively famous around the world. Becoming celebrities, however, has very particular repercussions in their personal lives.

Le calendrier de ses dames
May 9 to June 9, 2018
Mise en scène : Caroline Yergeau
Text: Tim Firth
Translation and adaptation: Josée La Bossière
Director: Sylvie Dufour
Distribution: 14 citizen-actors

More information here

In tune with Wise Masters: Saint Teresa of Ávila

The Centre Yoga regularly posts videos of master teachers or Web resources to learn more about various traditions. In doing so, it wishes to provide open avenues of reflection rather than promote one vision or philosophical school over another. These offerings are meant to enrich your understanding of yoga, should you wish to do so. This month, are sharing with you about Saint Teresa of Ávila.

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Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582) was a Spanish mystic, writer and reformer of the Carmelite order. She was an influential and pivotal figure of her generation.

St Teresa (Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada) was born in Avila, Spain on 28th March 1515. Her parents were both pious Catholics and in some ways inspired their daughter to take up a life of prayer. As a young child, Teresa showed signs of a deeply religious nature; she would often retreat into silence for prayer and would enjoy giving alms to the poor. (To learn more about her, click here)

We invite you to contemplate the following excerpt from one of her books:

“You will have heard of the wonderful way in which silk is made — a way which no one could invent but divine nature — and how it comes from a kind of seed which looks like tiny peppercorns (I have never seen this, but only heard of it, so if it is incorrect in any way the fault is not mine). When the warm weather comes, and the mulberry-trees begin to show leaf, this seed starts to take life; until it has this sustenance, on which it feeds, it is as dead. The silkworms feed on the mulberry-leaves until they are full-grown, when people put down twigs, upon which, with their tiny mouths, the start spinning silk, making themselves very tight little cocoons, in which they bury themselves. Then, finally, the worm, which was large and ugly, comes right out of the cocoon a beautiful white butterfly.
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Now if no one had ever seen this, and we were only told about it as a story of past ages, who would believe it? And what arguments could we find to support the belief that a thing as devoid of reason as a worm or a bee could be diligent enough to work so industriously for our advantage, and that in such an enterprise the poor little worm would lose its life? This alone, sister, even if I tell you no more, is sufficient for a brief meditation, for it will enable you to reflect upon the wonders and the wisdom of the divine.  What, then, would it be if we knew the properties of everything?"

Excerpt from Interior Castle (Fifth Mansions, chapter 2). You can access a version of the text here

 
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Hṛdaya: journey to the heart of ancient wisdom with Eliot

Most of Centre Yoga Aylmer's students may be well aware of the series of Sunday afternoons Eliot has been offering for the study of relevant yoga scriptures in a friendly and relaxed group setting. These study groups make it possible to explore these texts, their meaning and how they can illumine our lives. On this blog, Eliot provides snippets of the Sunday afternoon contemplations. 

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Sūtra 3.30

For the yogin, this universe is the embodiment of his or her collective energies

To possess the whole universe as your own self is real knowledge. This knowledge is found everywhere, inside and outside, because without knowledge, an object cannot exist.  This entire universe is, therefore, filled with that knowledge!

Our Hrdaya discussions evolve around what are these collective energies? How do we access the real knowledge that is within us and of us and around us? How do we gain recognition of the universe as our very own selves. What does that mean?

We will be reflecting on this beautiful sūtra and others when we meet again on our next Sunday afternoon study, May 6, 2018, from 2pm to 5pm, at Centre Yoga Aylmer

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