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Classes set to begin at Shalom Park

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By Ingrid Crane

Shalom Park Yoga begins on Saturday, May 2 at 9 a.m. We will meet on the first Saturday of each month up to and including November. Join us for this sacred practice in the beauty of the Peace Park, located 2½ miles north of S.R. 200 on S.W. 80th Avenue. Bring your curiosity to explore and find balance in body, mind and spirit.

One of our teachers, Betsy Downing, writes in her quarterly newsletter about the time we spend complaining. People complain 15 to 30 times a day without even knowing it. There’s a Web site, complaintfreeworld.org that sends out bands that you wear on your wrist and every time you complain, you change the band to the other wrist.

I talked about this in class last week, and after class, people were asking for the Web site to order bracelets and were phoning their friends to tell them about it.

 Whether we are complaining out loud or in silence, we are drawing attention to the object of our dissatisfaction, whether it be health, finance, the lack of rain or any number of mundane things. What we focus on — what we feed the mind with our thoughts — expands and becomes center stage. When we complain, we actually create deep grooves in our brain. Imagine an LP record stuck. It just keeps playing the same thing over and over !

And that’s exactly what happens with our brain. We create habits that keep on repeating themselves and we’re not even conscious of it.

When I had read Betsy’s article, I asked my very willing husband to point out if he heard me complain. Within the first few hours of the morning, I had complained twice, and I consider myself to be an eternal optimist. Go figure!

What Betsy found was that when she consciously stopped focusing on the age-related pains in her body, she actually began to feel really well. If you’re a student of any mindfulness practice, it’s not difficult to change these patterns of behavior. This is a radical concept and could potentially heal the planet. Imagine the freed energy we would have if we weren’t pulling ourselves down with negativity, because that’s what complaining is. We already have a gravitational pull without adding to it. Negativity is destructive, pure and simple.

When we can release this harmful behavior, we can direct our attention and awareness to the good in life: caring, being gentle and loving and most of all being grateful for all that we have and all that we are.  As Betsy says: “the magical result is happiness!”

Ingrid Crane practices yoga, Thai massage and Reiki and can be reached at 854-7950.