AquaFLOW Classes are $5.00 per visit, or an 80.00 dollar punch card is available for any 20 classes for individual use only. Door opens at 9:30 am and class begins at 9:40am and folks are led through an approximated 3500 to 5000 steps during each class which lasts for 50 minutes. Participants are welcome to stay in the water for 10 more minutes following class instruction. For more information check my current schedule page ~ Bobi
“Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.” David Lynch
As we plan for special times, we think about things that stir memories, and making new ones.
Wide Open areas to play, Blue skies, Time spent near, in, on, or under Water, and here in The Wildwoods so many friends returning from their winter travels, back to the edge of the Sea with tales to tell. It feels momentous, with an added splash of gaiety. Again, the Summer season is upon us, and apparently it’s good news that I have not retired as yet! I know I have been in conversation about it for so long, I sort of feel like I did. You know, when in the midst of a challenging decision a lot of transformation occurs. So, Yes in part, I arrived at this conclusion to hold off on retirement, because of all the Love shared here in AquaFLOW class, both currently, and over a couple of decades to date. I don’t surmise it is simply because of the planetary alignment, that life somehow all feels new. I thank you all for showing me compassion during my inquiry. Moving together, we are commencing as a party, feeling a fresh start in a familiar location...
I hope to see the lot of you ALL SUMMER LONG here at the pool partaking in AquaFLOW!
Today, as I type, to offer the summer schedule, I find myself questioning how is it that we flow capably, presently and into future, and remain healthy in an environment that is taken care of at times in only a haphazard way? How is it that “Fitness activities for self” occur, but wellness concepts do not necessarily correlate with behaviors that allow for a sustainable environment? It seems to me that only as our planet thrives so will we. Clearly, I feel strongly that they go hand in hand. Specific actions need occur and can prevent disease states. On June 9th the first March for our Oceans will occur in DC. Our waterways are under duress and thus that which is supported by water is also affected. Those of you who have attended AquaFLOW classes truly understand how we are supported by the element of water. With regard to David Lynch’s quote above I add another from Wallace J. Nichols book Blue Mind that I am reading for a second time. He states, “The natural inclination of compassion is to extend and expand outward. As psychology professor David DeSteno commented, this is the goal of most meditation practices in spiritual and secular traditions: to “break free” from concepts that divide us and to view all creation with compassion and love. When we do so we can reshape our brains to tap into the experience of unified consciousness, or oneness with all things -- including Blue Mind at its most powerful.”
I recognize this has always been a primary way of life for me.
I share from Robert Bly’s book ~ The Winged Energy of Delight
by Juan Ramón Jiménez
I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
happens! Nothing ... Silence ... Waves ...
~ ~ Nothin happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?
Although I have other descriptions of this class, I mostly think of it as a place to come to spin from darkness to light, as a source where we feel wrapped in the sea of time and cosmic oneness, with rhythms of nature and nurture mingling in a stream of energy and life-force, a place to move in the tincture we know as Water.
I hope this schedule helps you to navigate your summer here at the Shore...
JUNE all classes will be held
JULY No class on the 4th of July but all other classes will be held.
AUGUST remains to be seen... but I will keep you posted!
Classes led by Recreation Leader, Bobi Lyon
“Don't ever empty the bucket of mystery. Never let people define what you do. It's not about zigging when you should zag. It's not about doing something unprecedented and unpredictable. It's just about never being a word, or something that is not in the process of transformation.” Marilyn Manson
There’s a fascination with changing seasons, moving from one day to the next, one month to the next, one year to the next on repeat. Moving as if adrift and tied to the shoreline, bound to loving deeply, tenderly and yet at times ineptly, fully aware of the Creator’s process in union. If we are lucky, we know intricately each mystery as it unfolds and are astutely ever-present to the simpler moments unveiled in life, in harmony and attuned resonance. As we arrive at each splendidly offered juncture we are among those whose experiences of fortune vary greatly. Placed amidst the trenches of the riches we desire and make manifest, as we attentively take notice of what has pertinence and what does not, and how that is always changing, are the homes where we reside and our own human sacred temples in bodily form. While inside we waver between the mind’s eye and the wondrous health of the heart we also are doing our note-taking, confirming what lies between the outer landscapes and the inner soundscapes. We look for escapes! The holiday season rapidly arrives in the latter part of our current calendar system, and soon the changing seasons from Fall to Winter as we bring in a New Year gift us with chances to reflect and be decisive about new directions on the metaphoric map. It seems important to be fulfilled. It seems clear that we might choose to spend additional time with that which has greater relevance. It seems that being earnest in what we do has merit. We are sometimes guided by an inner calling, while at other times toward outer beauty. I’m pushing more Love, More LOVE. Love for what we do, and for the people, plants, animals and our planet that sit altogether peacefully at times in the chaos of the cosmos of consciousness. Remembering, perhaps just as the calendar once had only ten months rather than twelve, as we move forward in life we can easily forget about what we have left behind, because what we have added provides us with satisfaction and what we have lost, is so far gone now. Somehow we still feel the apparent mystery and that there is something else yet to be found ~ somewhere OUT THERE... as opposed to the knowledge that all the wisdom we need lies within and that each of us are powerful in our own way and that for all that we have lost, we are gilded and guided by richness. There is a deep need to press the refresh button and reset and literally feel our circulatory systems flow more freely. The compass of our own heart is always at play in time and space. We are in an incessant process of learning to trust our innate abilities. We may at times even hear the silliest whisper, “Was the former calendar better than, or is the Gregorian Calendar truly representational of my best year to date?”, and we philosophize in kindness, baring the vulnerability of the soul made transparent once again. We flow in the current of grace, we feel the breath of spirit adequately at best, creating and redefining how we stand up and live our once upon a times as yet to be established. As we approach the month of January we create special rituals and making resolutions, resolve to create change with more strength and greater insight. We are saving our own lives, and the lives of others and in turn we consider the work necessary to Save our Planet. I know the future and how that will look is based on the answers to my own questions if I ask them intelligently. How can I live more harmoniously with my self and others, in tune with my own nature, and what does this rough draft need to include?
December No classes December 25th , 27th or 29th...
January No classes January 1st or 15th...
February No classes February 14th, 16th or 19th...
Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool
“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” Don Miguel Ruiz
I often look to what others express and find my own opinions formulate and solidify as they align with some extremely bright individuals. A beautiful artist and woman, India Arie sings a song called Soulbird Rise, and it can be found on her newest album, ‘Songversation, Medicine’. The lyrics captured my interest, and I recognize these traits in myself, as I gaze into the mirror known as The Looking Glass. Years ago, I decidedly began attempts to lead my life, gaining greater focus and managing what is true for me by implementing some viable intentions over time. It’s not always easy and I consistently, constantly evaluate my path and and make plans under my own scrutiny. India Arie sings for all of our futures, “I believe in open doors, I've taken off the screen, I'm ready to let the world come inside, And touch my life...” and she sings it like she means it, exactly how she lives it.
I typically share candidly, and believe each time we participate in AquaFLOW, what we actually do as we move in rhythm, is a practice of opening the door and also of taking off the screens. Given the current state of worldly news and the healing that I so wish to have happen, many of her songs and lyrics clearly are a type of medicine that is so needed. I conjure an image of Stevie Wonder, the well-known although deemed blind musician, and surmise that he has better “insight” then many people have eyesight, even with 20/20 corrected vision. How is it that many can’t see the harm being done right in front of them? How is it that people won’t, or choose not to speak up, to use their words and their voice to protect the vulnerable living things that inhabit this Mother Earth? We humans are among the educated, we are among those who have the abilities to educate. I am lucky that the people who make up this group of people who practice in AquaFLOW what I am inspired to teach and share, understand me on some level but we can all broaden our own vantage points. We can liberate ourselves from our limiting belief systems, and uphold the words that India Arie sings. There is strength in clarity and knowledge. These words will serve as a vehicle to lift us altogether. “We give thanks for all that is. We give praise”...
You know, it is smart to be looking deeply and moving our bodies, and it is a fact that in so doing, we are shifting the state of affairs as it exists for millions simply through our own positive motives. We bring great energy to the reality that if we keep at it we bring a metaphor to life almost magnetically. Like attracts like... Love attracts LOVE.
September No class 9/4
October No class 10/9, 10/20 or 10/23
November No class 11/10, 11/24, 11/27 or 11/29
Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool
“A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment we start acting like life is a blessing I assure you it will start to feel like one.”
It probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you who know me, but I was born with a busy mind. In fact, “One knows the wheels are spinning when you look into the eyes of this little baby.” is recorded in my earliest medical history by my pediatrician at the time! To this day, I still do my utmost to be alert. Jane Goodall said, “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.” I am in a cycle of my life where some things annoy me a lot, so I have concluded that it is important to also be privy to people who are doing things right, and to listen with open ears. I find this helpful. It seems the best way to live, to know and to make the difference, is to utilize my busy mind as an asset and to select positive role models and surround myself with them, or read what they have to say about stuff.
Since the era of youth and having summers off to the juncture some know as retirement up until the point we pass beyond, we are all blessed with the ability to explore our environments. Many of us practice inquiry more often than others. Although I have found excitement in articulating myself through language in my past history, I am learning to be a better listener. I now find the ultimate joy is in being quiet and allowing myself to steep in the conversation of others when I am not actively seeking isolation. I have fewer requirements and a new found fondness for what is suggested as a way of achieving happiness, just being. I need to sit and observe the beautiful and wonder-filled experiences that are expressly debut with a stylish outward emulation animated by many, and I eavesdrop. I host a soft spot for this vast life that lies within, and for people acting out overtly in animated fashion. Furthermore, allowing all of this to take shape as a prolonged marveling for choosing clever role models and to follow their lead. I must dig deeply, I must as Sylvia Earle states, “Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative - don't wait for someone else to ask you to act.” In contemplative practice and in reality, I see a large population of people who live with extreme privilege. I can not allow myself deference at a crucial time as history is being made and mandates need be negotiated. People all over the world are without water for drinking, or the water they do have is not up to par or even temperate for bathing at times. I again find myself investigating the metaphor of “Chop Wood, Carry Water”, one that prevailed in the mid 80’s and as we have all rolled back in time, it is in my burrowing I realize I must keep my own head above water and roll up my sleeves. There is so much work still to be done.
Yes, I was born with a mind that is active, and that, hopefully will not cease anytime soon. As we approach the summer months, I feel assured that as in former summers gone by, this one too, will provide expanded daylight hours where I will continue to be busy, both in thought and in deed.
June No classes will be held on June 16th or 19th...
July All classes will be held
August No classes will be held on August 18th or 21st
Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool
8800 NJ Avenue
Wildwood Crest NJ
“The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow.” Carlton Cuse
Sometimes, “Peace, Love & Happiness” are vital exemplary attitudes we may be attempting to embody. Then in reality there are the many challenges that spin us in downward spirals. Sensations of being in turmoil, not worthy of the goodness that we know intellectually exists on one hand, and at times the enormity of the actuality of experiencing what seems to be a dire sense of depression are towering. The magisterial winter can be “dark” time. Well guess what? We have made it to this point once again, and on March 12th, together we Spring forward. We are moving our clocks ahead, and when we take time to allow, we indeed are mindfully reconnecting with our bodies in new ways. We shed winter clothes and other baggage that is no longer serving us... We may now actually feel that we are making progress in a positive direction, rather then in a despotic way that confuses. We might just let the enormity of emotional stress fall aside, and act in a less desperate manner. Our inherent natural goodness is now live-streaming, and preeminence affords us an upper hand. We see the light of love and hence even feel more lively.
This spring let us celebrate. With eyes wide open, ears finely attuned, sensory experience heightened, we can find more joy, greater contentment, and be in good spirits, more often than not finding ourself smiling and our faces softening. The formerly illuminating tears and tensions dropping away. It takes so much courage, definitive commitment, and yes, illustrious creativity. Doing all of this together, we can make this world an enchanted place. You’ve got the music in you ~ I know.
Although I will be away for 3 FULL weeks during this particular quarter of year, I plan to offer what I am able to contribute, and extend what lies deep in my heart’s code to you all. Thank you for all the years, months, days, hours, or minutes of being open, receptive, and loving, putting doubt aside on occasional interims. It not only is good for your personal health, you may find that when you are in good shape, it ripples out to those who need you mostly. May you continue to travel toward your specific destinations, may you continue to honor brilliance. I love when you sparkle.
“No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.” Phillips Brooks
Scroll down for dates when classes will not be held!!!
March NO class March 17th Happy St. Patricks Day
April NO classes April 10th thru April 28th
May Classes resume May 1st....
NO class on May 29th Memorial Day
$5.00 or your punch card.... Doors open Most Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings. :-)
AquaFLOW JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2016
Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool
Monday ~ Wednesday ~ Friday
9:30 am March/April/May
There exists in everyone of us a book of revelations. I have understood this for some period of time but recently once again thought about this past realization when engaged in parking lot dialog when the pool heater was on the fritz. I was thinking about the notion that the going almost always seems easier and more remarkable when we are “doing” rather then “not doing”, and noticing within that framework something iconic is always being revealed to those who are paying close attention.
I suspect we live within our multiple experiences of procrastination, along with some hemming and hawing and shared conversations about wanting to achieve something marvelous, but for far too few reasons the timing does not seem just right, or the perfect motivating and mitigating factions are not present. Our dreams get put aside, time flies by and then we stand, or sit, or recline often flooded with disappointed and our world comes crashing upon ourself, wishing we had manifested already what it was we had formerly desired. We humans become containers for what sometimes seem to be vicious cycles of opportunity missed which isn’t so bad if we in turn, again, use the experiences as events to ignite right effort in the future, to fill up with consideration aptly and become properly motivated.
Apparently, Julia Roberts has said, “The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that's good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.”. I have tendencies toward being in agreement with her statement. This past week, here now in mid-February as I write, I was exposed to yet another study about how to get out of bed righteously. Or I guess it suggested how to stay in bed, or how not to get out of bed! The explanation goes something like this; Upon awakening rather then staying curled in a fetal-like position stretch your arms out, above your head, and take some big powerful breaths into your body. In doing this action a sense of empowerment is activated... It made sense to me as I too, have many rituals that I practice even before I get out of bed each morning and have changed them dramatically from time to time over the years. What I thus get to take delight in, and what has been revealed to me during each fluctuating sequence often has been epic. In fact, much of what has manifested during the pre-dawn hours while in stillness in my bed, has become my reality as if by magic. Honestly, I am certain I could write volumes in my personal journals of revelations, on doing and not doing, and how each methodology has a special way of catapulting me from here to there, sometimes with a blink of an eye, or a nap or two. So my wish for you all for the next quarter is restful sleep, joyful awakenings, and positive attitudes about perceived limitations and lifestyle changes.
For now, I will post the tentative schedule for March/April/May AquaFLOW and enjoy the liberating sway between two very poignant points of rest and unrest and trying to get it just right. As always be sure to keep an eye out for any anomalies... and keep smiling wholeheartedly a full-bodied smile.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
Lawrence M. Krauss (Author of A Universe from Nothing)
Here we are again, hopefully feeling good health, with the cold, dark season of Winter upon us. We have endured multiple planetary and personal struggles through this past year, yet are still fortunate to be seeing so much goodness amidst the bitter-sweet. Now we are almost at the turning point, where we once again will see the light at the end of this 2015th year, high beams shining intermittently within moments of each day. We hold among us the empirical knowledge that day by day, the promise of light is impending in whatever it is that life holds for us. As the New Year draws closer, we must first endure the darkness with the knowledge that, Thank God, Yes, W
inter Solstice is coming. We find ourselves acknowledging this fact of nature with whole hearts, thankfully.
Many uncanny situations occurred during this year, and we have somehow made it through only somewhat weathered. Some experiences have left us feeling isolated and alone, dismayed while exploring a multitude of emotions; frightened, distraught, at our wit’s end, exposed to anger, or alternatively stronger then we knew, capable and/or overjoyed... I know you know this spectrum deep in your hearts as sensation, pulsation, vibration, ~ as an exploding star. *
The beauty of winter is not always seen immediately. People look for an escape route. We plan time away in distant locations that beckon, forgetting that often times baggage is simply taken along for the ride, even when there exists a “carry on” and stow it in the overhead bins or under your seats, or “check it” option. We long for summer’s seasonal warmth and a sense of being more carefree and outdoors in nature’s amazing scenic and ever-changing landscape. The environment cure can be an extremely affective one, and relieves one of regular chores. Changing locations gives us space to begin looking closely at where one typically sits, from a distance. There exists a space between here and there. The space between too much and too little. A journey into a diverse realm away, can provide an adventure inward of sorts and can bring a lot to light while providing a renewed sense of optimism. I hope this winter finds you migrating within your own heart in recognition that you are the light. We are all made of stars simply learning to follow our true north. Yes, there are many tropical depressio
ns, and so we become adaptive fossils of sorts I suspect. Dig deep this winter, I hope the AquaFLOW schedule helps you with the coordinates. There is so much br
illiance and beauty. in the brightness of the solar system. Somedays I am not sure where to begin, so I bow my head and look to the light, to the love. ~ To the fact that I am never alone, nor are you.