Happy New Year!

This first part of the new year is traditionally a time for resolutions.  The Google definition of resolution? 

res·o·lu·tion
ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/
noun
1.
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
"she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"
synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan; More
2.
the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
"the peaceful resolution of all disputes"
synonyms: solution to, answer to, end to, ending to, settlement of, conclusion to
"a satisfactory resolution of the problem"

So...a firm decision to do or not do something...Ok...that's easy. I have lots of ideas of things I should and should not do in the new year.  More writing is one...so here I am...writing.  And I'd like to do this regularly, so I'll resolve to write about the week each Saturday...ideas and thoughts that come up during practice and teaching, and inspirations I draw from my teacher and fellow students and teachers.  And maybe I'll include some writing around the second definition - the action of solving a problem, dispute or contentious matter. That seems completely appropriate, seeing how most of what we are doing on our mats is just that :-) 

Now for a name, or theme for this weekly writing...well...Saturday Sanyama comes to mind, so I looked that up as well:

Samyama (from Sanskrit संयम saṃ-yama—holding together, tying up, binding, integration). Combined simultaneous practice of Dhāraṇā (concentration), Dhyāna (meditation) & Samādhi (union). A tool to receive deeper knowledge of qualities of the object.

Ok...this seems to fit as well.  The above definition is from Wikipedia, and fits with what I know of the practice from my teacher, David Garrigues.  At the end of each day of his In-Depth Studies he gives us time to reflect on and practice the techniques he has given us throughout the day and week.  It really does help to integrate it all, so that it doesn't just fade away once I am back to my same old routine.  

So Saturday Sanyama it is...I'm looking forward to sharing what I am able to grasp from my practice and each week.  It may not always be profound or deep, but something :-)

Cheers to a new year, and to all there is to learn over the coming months!

Stacy


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