Have you heard the tale of the king who one day heard that his wife was unfaithful to him and so resolved to marry anew each day and kill the previous day’s wife? (gnarly, eh?) Legend has it that one day, the king marries the daughter of one of his officials who by chance has a crafty and scholarly sister named Scheherazade. Knowing the fate of her sister, Scheherazade plots to delay her sister’s imminent death by offering to tell the king a story. As day breaks the story remains unfinished and compelled to know the end, the king spares both sisters lives for one more day in order to hear out the end. For 1,001 days, Scheherazade evades the death of her sister by sharing the prodigious tales that she learned while using her intuition to assess what would pluck the heartstrings and probe the mind of this proud yet heartbroken king. On the 1,002nd day, with all tales told, Scheherazade, fearful of death’s call, learns instead that the king has fallen in love with her over the duration of her storytelling. He proceeds to end his hurtful ways and make her his queen.
Stories are powerful. We all posses so many and when they are shared with heart and connection to the listener, the beast of what we are reckoning with can be tamed and we come back to love- always.
In class, you may find that stories shared have a way to catalyze or soothe something deep within you. Early next month, we will be offering two workshops that focus on the power of stories. The first one, In the Flow: Yoga and Storytelling with Nicole, yokes our modern day yoga postures to the ancient mythology behind them. The second workshop, The Power of Healing from Within with Ingrid and Ellen, asks us to engage our own stories consciously and courageously in order to clear the path for the mediums of Reiki, QuiGong, meditation and yin yoga to do their work.
We hope that you will make the time to join us for these unique, creative and and thought provoking opportunities to see how the wonder of words weaves into your world.
“Because of the nature of our minds, we are impelled as adults to make sense of our lives in terms of narrative,”
Dan McAdams-The Stories We Live By
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