This time of year my garden is thriving. When I was young, summer progressed not by the day of the month, but by the fruit we were canning. And we did a lot of canning. We always started with cherries which were the easiest. You just clean, put them in a jar and cover with syrup. Next came cots (apricots) which were also easy, as we only had to remove the seed. However, the ease of canning changed when it came to peaches and pears which were next in the season. Much more work was required due to the peeling and removal of their seeds. Then came apples. To this day I am still grateful for the ease of applesauce where you just cooked it up and to the freezer it went.
Harvest time offers us an opportunity to reflect on the many other things we have. Abundance then gives way to gratitude and gratitude allows us to feel compassion for those who have very little. As you reflect on the abundance in your life, perhaps you have fruits or vegetables you can share. My friend Julie says the food banks rarely ever get fresh produce. What a wonderful time to not only share the toils of your labor, but a wonderful practice to promote compassion and kindness to others. So in the hazy days of summer and the upcoming fall, take time to give back from your abundance. A true yoga practice off the mat.
Teacher Training Information evening is this Tuesday Aug 14 from 7-8pm. If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more about Yoga or is thinking about becoming a teacher invite them to this special evening.
Starting in September the Saturday 8:30am Yoga class is going to become a Community Yoga Class. Offering the class at a bit of a discount to help those who might not be able to afford Yoga otherwise. If you sign up for the series you will be discounted $3 on each class.