Heartwood is a beautiful place with nature and tropical growth decorating the grounds better than any man-made art ever could. But we do our best to pay attention to small details to make even the little nooks and quiet places that a yogi might sit to reflect become an opportunity to feel inspired or to embrace beauty. We want to stimulate the senses and stroke the awareness of visitors to make their time here feel refreshing, provoking to the soul, and deeply pleasurable. Students often say they deeply enjoy the fact that on every visit there is something new to observe or discover. It is true that we are a work in progress and we keep adding artistic touches to the grounds - it brings as much joy to be giver as the receiver .. but often, we smile because these guests are commenting on things that have been surrounding them at Heartwood for many previous visits, but for some reason, they are just now noticing.
Perhaps, as yoga heightens our awareness and opens our eyes to the world around us, we begin paying keen attention to detail. Suddenly we notice and appreciate things that have long been a part of our world. As we begin seeing with fresh eyes the beauty that lies in subtle things, we find ourselves not only feeling deeper joy, but feeling connected and attuned to our surroundings. We suddenly find ourselves looking carefully at everything everywhere with an open heart, not wanting to forsake or miss a pleasure or unique moment offered up from the world. We begin to realize that even within our common days, there is so much to celebrate and enjoy. We begin to understand just how sacred life is and that simplicity is deserving of reverence.
Details make the difference. But first, we must slow down enough to notice and enjoy the details. We must learn to recognize the small, beautiful things so easily overshadowed by life's bigger distractions. So we continue to add small pleasures to the grounds of Heartwood, hoping everyone will slow down, take their time to savor the environment and remember to celebrate art, yoga, and nature as inspiration to stroke the soul in the best of ways.
"The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one." - M. Scott Pack