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Here you will find the current year's quarterly AquaFLOW schedules and words that are waiting to become a part of WATERY THOUGHTS...  

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 

 

Chop Wood ~ Carry Water Chop Wood ~ Carry Water

 
 AquaFLOW JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2017 
 Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool                                
  8800 NJ Avenue  Wildwood Crest NJ 
  609-522-0084                                                                           

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

 
 
 
 
 
GoodnessGoodnessAquaFLOW  March/April/May 2017 

Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool                                

8800 NJ Avenue
609-522-0084                                                                          

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!!!  

 

Natural GoodnessNatural GoodnessMarch  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.  :-)  

 

 
 
a turning point a turning point
 
AquaFLOW  December/January/February  2016 ~ 2017 
We are fast approaching a new year, and will begin contemplating our resolutions and setting intentions for change forthcoming. What we need to know can not alway be found within the pages of a book. For many of us, this is the way we traverse in time, unknowingly in a way that brings hope to what is not the end of another era, but rather “It’s a time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” This year spun many of us contumaciously, and we often felt a need to dig our heels in deeply, defending at times our headstrong opinions with appropriate citations and evidence. If not to convince another, to be grounded and assured of our own sanity. Be that as it may, a sense of courage coupled with faith and a collective conscious, helped us to care for one another, and to conduct our behaviors and actions so that we sensed we were keeping it altogether, because there is no perfect and remarkable way to acknowledge a hunch that we had reached the end of the road other then to turn around and start fresh.
AquaFLOW helps us with any sense of inflexibility that may arise, that sense that equates with, I can’t or won’t budge, and this class gently nudges us to see past what could be an irreconcilable, unyielding clash of opinions trap, to better understand one another and to take account of oneself. This class is a genuine melting pot of diversity that in communion meets to disperse discord and build anew when in fact at times we are found simply beating up against self again. Those times when we truly want or need to feel something other then what we were feeling, help us ring in a new realm consciously. I often find my self in wonder! How is it we have come to this meeting place to dabble in the water for so many classes month after month? Perhaps it is because we have learned a deep truth as the months have turned into years. I know if I turn my back on my most sacred personal practices and firm commitment to self, I am not any good to another, to my spouse, to my other immediate family members, or to my friends. Many have experienced similar awakenings in their life and felt shifts in such a grand way that they arrived at this gorgeous passage with greater commitment and clarity. In that one great moment that soon became year after year, in recognition that it is only in cooperation that peace begins within. We now may move about with our differences, our difficulties, our dissonance and even distance, but we will remain connected by tiny tentacles of the power of what it means to take heart and flourish in the corners of our mind, in a promised land. Here is the AquaFLOW schedule... Presented for another quarter of a year, perhaps someday soon becoming a quarter of a century that is meant to enliven, enrich, and enlighten.
2016 ~ ~ ~ ~
December... No class Friday December 23 or
Monday 26th...
2017 ~ ~ ~ ~
January... No class Monday January 2nd
No class Monday January 16th
February... No class Monday February 2oth
I try to plan in a detailed way, but of course things do arise.
 
AquaFLOW   September/October/November 
 
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot
 
dove of understanding... dove of understanding...
 
Well, we have almost arrived again to the era of the epilogue of our stories for the year we will soon recall as 2016. The forthcoming Fall eludes to a flooding of memories that include many of summers satisfying stories for us to share in conversation with one another and embody personally. Tales that continue to move with us, and to maneuver us in time, in places that differ from the previous days, weeks, months or years gone by, as we migrate like birds or buffalo, and as our ancestors did more often seasonally once upon a time. This patterning of miracles in motion can be observed in the very DNA that make up each one of us individually and collectively, if we choose to look more closely. It is with a new perception that we see outward as well as inward, forming decisive conclusions as we tap intuitively and deeply, trusting further our own sensory informants. Very soon some of us will begin to make way to relocating to our year round homes and/or winter season abodes away from this special shoreline, as snowbirds too begin their pilgrimage south to warmer locations. I want you all to know that I am still making my best attempts to offer AquaFLOW to you for another quarter of a year, and perhaps for a few more following my 60th birthday that I will celebrate in the month of this last quarter in late November. This special birthday will indeed provide me a contemplative time to be fully grateful, and for an honorable Thanksgiving this year. I am extremely appreciative for all the years we have met with one another here at the pool. You have blessed me over these years with a sincerity of commitment, friendship, motivation, and many more plausible gifts that have taken form yet remain intangible. September, October and November bring us a few holidays, and a few vacation days for me so I put forth this tentative calendar for you all. Here’s to an Autumnal season that brings greatness as summers colorful endings warmly simmer, emerging and highlighting another season of growth and positive transformative reflections that hint of Winter’s imminence.

 

Grace ~ Grace ~

 

AquaFLOW JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2016

~ This is a remarkable life! Within this framework of thought we begin fresh every day.
 
Wislawa Szymborska has written, “Nothing can ever happen twice. In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.”, and I am in accord with this first line of her poem titled NOTHING TWICE. You can find the full poem if you desire, for I have made a few copies. Otherwise you can simply search the internet, or spend some time in the poetry section in a book store, making what happens in a day matter.
 
This lifetime we are experiencing is marked with many joys intermixed with multiple sorrows. Much of what happens is unfathomable, and so I no longer question how we get by from day to day without an ingrained empirical formula or fortuitous indoctrination to understand how best to handle a given situation or to simply get a handle on life when the curve ball is thrown. At certain junctures, we must know when that WOW moment of improbable difficulty arrives, we need recognize and lean in with all emotional stakes onto the tangible support systems in place. Even though each one of us is as different as let’s say, night and day, or as Wislawa says, just as two drops of water are, in extraordinary circumstances we must reach out and embrace one another in mutuality and grace, for how else will we survive a world full of chaos and calamity that on somedays results in devastating heartbreak?
 
We know we keep our calendars and schedules carefully, and cross check to circumvent and avoid conflict. All the birthdays and parties, graduations and other accomplishments to be celebrated keep us extremely busy. We have all become detailed oriented. The crazy addendum at times, feeling like an absolute paradoxical impossibility. Those of you who come to AquaFLOW, fully believe that we need make our self care a priority as it is pertinent to the related optimal health of our nervous systems and physical well-being. Having realized that movement is an operative part of both grieving and jubilating, it too, gets added to the appointment books.
 
To be either at one with life or to be at odds with life, and simultaneously with all of it’s prevalent and powerful forces is indeed a skill. When first born, it most likely took some radical shaking to awaken to the concept and realize that another day would be drastically and fundamentally incommensurable with the preceding day. As always I seek to anticipate... But ~ I can’t always be entirely clear. Life is a far cry from perfect and it is in adversity that we bind ourselves to what is at hand and persevere. I thank you all, with all that you have lined-up for this summer and with all that will arise unquestionably for making this class what it has been and what it will always be, different from one day, one week, one month, one season to the next. Here’s to making this the best and most memorable of times. by Bobi Lyon
 
                             
NOTHING TWICE
 
Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised
and leave without the chance to practice.
 
Even if there is no one dumber,
if you're the planet's biggest dunce,
you can't repeat the class in summer:
this course is only offered once.
 
No day copies yesterday,
no two nights will teach what bliss is
in precisely the same way,
with precisely the same kisses.
 
One day, perhaps some idle tongue
mentions your name by accident:
I feel as if a rose were flung
into the room, all hue and scent.
 
The next day, though you're here with me,
I can't help looking at the clock:
A rose? A rose? What could that be?
Is it a flower or a rock?
 
Why do we treat the fleeting day
with so much needless fear and sorrow?
It's in its nature not to stay:
Today is always gone tomorrow.
 
With smiles and kisses, we prefer
to seek accord beneath our star,
although we're different (we concur)
just as two drops of water are.
 
translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak
By Wislawa Szymborska
 

 

AquaFLOW                                                                   

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.

   

 

 

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AquaFLOW  
December/January/February  

2015/2016 

“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.
 

you are not aloneyou are not alone