“On a bare branch / a crow has settled / autumn dusk.” — Haiku by Matsuo Basho
This month we reframe our use of time to adapt to the shorter days with the “fall back” time change. Perhaps you can pause for a moment in the late afternoon dusk to notice the silhouettes against the sky and in this moment notice that the tendency of your mind is to “fall back” into memory. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling in this moment?” Sense that feeling in your body and in your breath. Stay with it.
Now, here’s the challenge: notice how the mind wants to take the emotion from the memory and attribute it to a condition or person in your life and project some scenario in the future. Also realize that the source or memory of the feeling may have nothing to do with what is currently happening in your life, although the mind will want to make it so. As you do asana practice with awareness, you will develop skill in using body sensation to ground you in the present moment as you ride the emotional waves of your life.
For November, we are pleased to announce two special events:
- Talk/meditation session: For the monthly discussion and meditation, join Juanita on Friday, Nov. 14, immediately after the Yin class. There is no charge for this session, and everyone is welcome.
- Thanksgiving Day class: We invite you to join Angie for a 9 a.m. mixed-level class on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is welcome at a mixed-level class, and we look forward to celebrating the holiday with you.
For a full list of November classes, please see the calendar section of our website or a hard copy available at The Pots Place.
Please be aware of these upcoming events on Fountain Square that are likely to draw large crowds. If you plan to attend class on one of these days, we encourage you to leave a few extra minutes to navigate traffic and to locate parking.
- Friday, Oct. 31: Scare on the Square, 4-7 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 7: WKU Homecoming Events, concert at 5 p.m., parade at 5:30 p.m., pep rally at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 8: Veterans’ Day Parade at 10 a.m.
Remember that even if you are running late when the gallery downstairs is closed, you can still join us for class. If the front door is locked, come to the back door of The Pots Place (look for the blue building) and ring the buzzer. The teacher will then unlock the door remotely for you to enter through the pottery studio.
As a bonus for those of you who haven’t already seen it on Facebook, here is a view from the studio, taken on Oct. 30.