A ZEN STORY ABOUT KARMA AND MINDFULNESS OF WHO BAKES THE BEST XMAS CAKE and ….. THE ART OF FLOSSING
(A Visual Tutorial Below of some very advanced Mindfulness Techniques)
~ An opportunity to say: THANKS TO THE GREAT CAKE MAKERS IN YOUR LIFE
(A note in advance; apologies and please forgive me if I have forgotten anyone, my usual 8pm bedtime has been taken over by some very advanced Yoga + Mindfulness Practice lately ~ proof is in the pudding they say – but in this case it’s in the clip below;)
Please read to the bottom as there has been some very inspirational people and partners behind sharing this story and echoing its ripple effect. By making Yoga + Mindfulness accessible and affordable in our community and beyond and to those who have been insturumental in our Yoga + Mindfulness Teacher Training Programs across Australia and New Zealand.
Adapted from the wise words of Ajahn Brahm:
THE ZEN XMAS CAKE STORY :
Two woman were baking a Xmas Cake
The first woman had miserable ingredients.
The old white flour had to have the green mouldy bits removed first. The cholesterol-enriched butter was almost going rancid. She had to pick the brown lips out of the white sugar (because someone had put in a spoon wet with coffee), and the only fruit she had were ancient sultanas, as hard as depleted uranium. And her kitchen was of the style called pre World War – which world war was a matter of debate.
The second woman had the very best of ingredients.
The organically grown whole-wheat flour was guaranteed GM-free. She had cholesterol-free margarine, raw sugar and succulent fruit grown in her own garden. And her kitchen was state of the art, with every modern gadget.
Which women baked the more delicious cake?
It is often not the person with the best ingredients who bakes the better cake – there is more to baking an Xmas Cake than just the ingredients. Sometimes the person with miserable ingredients puts so much effort, care, and love into their baking that their cake comes out the most delicious of all.
It is what we do with the ingredients that counts.
There are some who have miserable ingredients to work within this life:
Being born into poverty, possibly abused as children, not clever at school, may be disabled and unable to play the sport.
(This is the part where you may even want to list your own challenges)
But the few qualities they do have were put together so well that they baked a mighty impressive cake. I admire them greatly. Do you recognize such people?
There are others who have had wonderful ingredients to work within this life. Their families were wealthy and loving, they were intelligent at school, talented at sport, good looking and popular, and yet they wasted their life.
Half of the karma is the ingredients we have to work with.
The other half, the most crucial part, is what we make of them in this life.
After reading this story I took my westie for a walk, that alone brought tears of gratitude to my eyes to be lucky enough to have Penny Margaret, as I looked out surrounded by the best beaches on the planet, a safe place to live and getting to fulfill one of the most rewarding callings (Teaching Yoga)…this had nothing to do with “luck” really but
A LOT! OF GREAT HUMANS in my life especially the ones that although they are from the ’70-’90s had the courage to learn how to floss (thought it was something worth sharing;) in the film clip below. Our “Team Meeting” ~ making time out to do stuff just for the sake of having fun together and enjoying each others company is a
VERY ADVANCED YOGA + MINDFULNESS Practice, especially in this day and age where success is viewed on how much you “do”.
The other day I read a post from someone who had done Yoga Teacher Training who openly shared on aspects of this topic of the gap between coming from rich/poor. This and an opportunity to say thank you has been the inspiration in sharing the story.
Although it is no secret that I’m not the worlds greatest in the kitchen, ( its not how I have chosen to spend my time in this life;) I am very very thankful to some key people (ingredients) in my life that if I wasn’t lucky enough to have mixed with you , my life would not have tasted as good.
One gift we can all give this Xmas even if we are not great in the kitchen is the gift of thanks.
Maybe before you make your “What I want for Xmas List”
a simple THANKYOU TO THE GREAT CAKE BAKERS IN LIFE
Don’t leave me hanging, spare a few minutes to write your list
Even if you do not write a list, the next time you go for a walk and look out at nature, reflect on where you have come from, how far you have come and the key ingredients (people) that helped you along the way. And maybe let them know…… (here’s is my attempt below)
GREAT CAKE MAKERS IN MY LIFE I WANT TO THANK :
Merry Xmas and THANKYOU YOGA for helping me see how mind-blowing it is to have the life we’ve got, to live where we live, and to get to share it with amazing human beings.
On behalf of Doug and myself THANKYOU ALL !
We wish you a Very Merry Christmas
Thanks for making life so rich !
Yoga + Mindfulness although very sacred do not have to be serious
Remember (although my Mum would say “after” the hard work is done;) to have FUN
Do what brings you Joy! ~ Regardless ………
Staring NRG YOGIS :
World Class Choreographer / Producer – Regan Smith
Elaineasana Expert (that move can’t be shown on television) – Katie Adams
Queen / Boss of timing Helen Lake and Niki Herbert (dual award for early double pump action in the final show)
Ride My Pony & Cha Cha Expert Lee Churcher
Star rap vocalists – Josh Turner & Chad Barakat
Best costume on the day – Josh Turner
Star Solo Mover and Groover (We can’t show you that on tv either) Barb Rose
Front Rower / Wardrobe Design Rosie Overfield
Golden Globe for getting her husband involved – Kate Barakat
Star Crazy Cat Mover – Suz Goldin
Floss Try Harder & Dyslexic on the Day – Tammy Williams
Performance Rating : 11/10
Latest Reivew by the Undercover Yogi :
“Mate do you still think you are 14!” And to the boys on the team ~ Don’t let those girls who are trying to re-live their youth make you do stuff you don’t want to do even for Yoga”
Those that deserve the biggest award – those who sat through the whole thing and clapped;) ~ No one left Helen like you predicted;)
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