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Teacher Inspiration – Ian Jamieson’s favourite readings

Ian Jamieson’s Savasana readings-Inspiration on the mat.

Have you been in a class, and at the end you find the peaceful space of savasana (laying down, relaxation). You think it can’t get any better, and then the instructor reads something that just lands, and something clicks. Its like they are reading it just for you. Its exactly what you need to hear.

Our instructors love the book ‘Journey To The Heart‘ by Melody Beattie. But recently Ian has been reading some poems. Some are so moving, and beautiful – we asked him to share.

So here they are!

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


Being Human by Naima

 I wonder if the sun debates dawn

some mornings

not wanting to rise 
out of bed 
from under the down-feather horizon

if the sky grows tired
 of being everywhere at once
 adapting to the mood 
swings of the weather

if clouds drift off 
trying to hold themselves together
 make deals with gravity 
to loiter a little longer

I wonder if rain is scared
 of falling 
if it has trouble 
letting go

if snowflakes get sick 
of being perfect all the time
 each one
trying to be one-of-a-kind

I wonder if stars wish
 upon themselves before the die
if they need to teach their young
how to shine

I wonder if shadows long
 to just-for-once feel the sun
 if they get lost in the shuffle 
not knowing where they’re from

I wonder if sunrise 
and sunset 
respect each other 
even though they’ve never met

if volcanoes get stressed 
if storms have regrets 
if compost believes in life
 after death

I wonder if breath ever thinks of suicide
if the wind just wants to sit 
still sometime s
and watch the world pass by

if smoke was born 
knowing how to rise 
if rainbows get shy back stage
 not sure if their colors match right

I wonder if lightning sets an alarm clock
 to know when to crack
if rivers ever stop 
and think of turning back.

if streams meet the wrong sea
and their whole lives run off-track
I wonder if the snow 
wants to be black

if the soil thinks she’s too dark
if butterflies want to cover up their marks
 if rocks are self-conscious of their weight 
if mountains are insecure of their strength

I wonder if waves get discouraged 
crawling up the sand
 only to be pulled back again 
to where they began

if land feels stepped upon 
if sand feels in significant
 if trees need to question their lovers
 to know where they stand

if branches waver at the crossroads 
unsure of which way to grow
if the leaves understand they’re replaceable
 and still dance when the wind blows

I wonder
 where the moon goes
 when she is in hiding

I want to find her there

and watch the ocean
 spin from a distance
 listen to her
 stir in her sleep

effort give way to existence


Your Poem by Robert Service

My poem may be yours indeed
 In melody and tone, 
If in its rhythm you can read 
A music of your own; 
If in its pale woof you can weave 
Your lovelier design,
’Twill make my lyric, I believe,
More yours than mine.

I’m but a prompter at the best;
Crude cues are all I give.
In simple stanzas I suggest -
’Tis you who make them live.
My bit of rhyme is but a frame,
And if my lines you quote,
I think, although they bear my name,
’Tis you who wrote.

Yours is the beauty that you see
In any words I sing;
The magic and the melody
’Tis you, dear friend, who bring.
Yea, by the glory and the gleam,
The loveliness that lures
Your thought to starry heights of dream,
The poem’s yours.

4 Responses to “Teacher Inspiration – Ian Jamieson’s favourite readings”

November 26, 2016 at 7:43 am, Heidi Gross said:

I have always loved the readings you present in practice, Ian, including some of the wise words your share at times from Winnie the Pooh. I’m curious, Ian. What is your favourite A. A. Milne quote?


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