August Dharma Talk: Restoration

Each month we will present a new topic for group discussion. This is a great opportunity to connect more fully with other students and teachers while exploring the path of yoga more deeply. Refreshments will be served. The talks are free to the community, open donations will be accepted to benefit a charity chosen by that month’s Dharma Talk presenter.

“Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.”-Horace

It is part of our human condition to experience losses and restrictions that challenge us to restore our vital purpose. In doing so, we may succeed in living life to it’s fullest. We all have places, people, relationships, and things that we hold dear to our hearts. Some of our valued treasures fall apart, and some of them are restored before they breakdown. Some things cannot be restored; like the loss of a loved one. We can be left feeling broken and wondering how to put ourselves back together. In the process, as we restore ourselves, we reconnect to our own life force as we integrate a higher purpose back into our lives. We can then transform our own connection in a new way, with that significant other, honoring their memory or the relationship we had. Losses and challenges can become catalysts for new ways of restoring connections with what and whom we cherish, including ourselves.

Restoration is a necessary process if we wish for anything that we cherish to have longevity. So what is necessary for restoration to happen? I have personally found that for restoration to occur, I must create the proper environment through small or large actions. Some of these actions include letting my wife know I love her, looking at our budget and making adjustments to restore financial peace, or meditating to regain clarity. I have learned this most from my restorative yoga practice. I place my body in a balanced posture resting comfortably over props for a few minutes. The balancing force created by gravity, support, and intent relaxes my body allowing me to breath deeper, and I recharge. This has shown me time and time again, that if I provide the proper conditions, tools, and effort, restoration naturally occurs. Come and join me and Debbie Kayatt for a helpful discussion about the applications of restoration in daily life during this months Dharma Talk on Monday, August 18 at 7:15p.m.

May you be restored daily,

Adam Montoya

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