Killing the Buddha.

Killing the Buddha.

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” When I first heard that assertion, I was frowned. How can someone who is on spiritual path, on a path that should push you to have an “inner growth”, suggests to kill someone else?

I took a moment of reflection for me to understand that the speaker was not referring to killing Lord Buddha but killing our conceptualization and belief, the idea we understand it all. This was the means of “Killing the Buddha”

We all face up moments in our journey where we need to seek advice from those further along the path. But within the teacher-student relationship can arise a point at which the student can idolize the teacher and forgoes his own growth that is the purpose of all spiritual practice. It happened to me.

What I realized in all these years, trying to quench my spiritual thirst and my desire to understand life on a deeper level, is that we need a mentor especially at the beginning but we do not need to assign our “enlightenment” to someone else thinking that only through them we become free. That is attachment and by hero-tizing someone else you are belittling yourself on some level. There is no savior, the disillusion to rely on a guru that can turn out to be just another man like you must be accepted. The teacher open up a door for you but you have to walk yourself through it, becoming a teacher yourself through some guide at the beginning for sure but then through your own practice, your deep contemplation, your study.

We need to have regression in our practice, to remain open instead of be closed in our believing. We need to move on our path, whatever it is, with a Zen Beginner’s Mind: a mind that knows that it doesn’t know everything at all

This brings you toward a total exposure, a place of full vulnerability at all the uncertainties and insecurities, and become at ease in that vulnerability.

So, the next time you see the Buddha on the road, be sure to kill him.

Sasy

Coregulation! What is that?

Coregulation! What is that?

Stephen Porges, PHD and leader in studying and treating trauma, collected neuroscientific and psychological constructs regarding the role of the vagus nerve in emotion regulation in what he called the Polivagal Theory. One of his affirmations, which I like the most, is: “If you want to improve the world, start by helping people feel safer.”

What a credo for First Responders.

As a front-liner can you recall a moment in your career when you felt truly supported? I have memory of very few moments where I felt very supported. That feeling was perceived by me anytime the helper had a settled nervous system, an empathetic approach to the situation. That was the reason why I felt safe. No matter what the person’s training was: a therapist or a higher rank than me, if they showed empathy I felt supported. What was perceived by me and made me feel safe was “the heart” he/she put into the interaction with me.

There is a name for this: coregulation. It is a warm interaction that provides support in a given moment. There is a beautiful explanation I found in an article from Khiron Trauma Clinic in UK that says “Coregulation lies at the heart of all human relationships. It is the reciprocal sending and receiving of signals of safety. It is not merely the absence of danger but connection between two nervous systems; each nourishing and regulating the other in the process. Because it is baked into our evolutionary past, it is not a desire, but a need – one developed to facilitate survival. As humans, we therefore are programmed to seek interpersonal connection: it is a biological imperative.”

Nowadays, there is an emphasis on resiliency and mastering our self. They talk about self- regulation, which is the act of managing thoughts and feelings, in a way they can enable goal-directed actions.

But it is necessary to have support in self-regulation as it develops and becomes efficient through interaction. Let’s call the helpers caregivers, for some can be parents, some coaches or therapist, some mentors, some their superior. That process of mutual reinforcement allows us not to stay in a defensive state. The established connection helps us to replace that defensive mode with patterns of protection.

And this is my point: we are always in a transition of some kind during our career and in our life. We often walk on some unfamiliar path, the unknown path that makes us feel groundless and disregulated. Because of that our nervous system is not completely settled. Fear and stress during work-shift can boost some old subconscious patterns as hope and anticipation can push us in a direction far away from the present moment and the reality of the facts. These are only some ways our nervous systems can become disorganized.

We need interactions, we need to establish warm, heartfull connections. A good police officer, firefighter, paramedic, and dispatcher needs to be in a state that doesn’t take on their counterpart’s distress and also preserve a space were the other can be at ease in; a place nourished with empathy, where the interaction is based on comprehension and co-regulation support.

It is the same for a good person. Let’s coregulate ourselves for a better world, to help people feel safer and to improve the world.

Sasy, F.R.Y. Director

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It is time to calibrate yourself.

It is time to calibrate yourself.

It is amazing waking up in the morning and having that kind of energy that pushes us to create, to help, to go out there and do our duty. In my personal experience I learned that too much of that feeling does not allow you to understand when it is time to step back, to slow down and taking care of yourself.

In the Zen tradition they say that there are only 2 things: you sit and you sweep the garden. And not matter how big your garden is, you sit, you quiet your mind, you dive into your heart, you learn how to center yourself and stay in touch with those qualities of love and compassion that are inside us. Those are our birth gift, and you extend it in the garden of the world. And even if you cannot take care of the whole garden, you pick up your personal lot to plant your seeds in it. And there is an endless list of lot in that garden to take care of: maybe serving your community in a better way, maybe taking care of your own family and kids, maybe put the best of yourself in your own business, maybe fighting some kind of injustice you see around yourself. You need to find what is important to you and tending that lot with those qualities you develop and are in touch with when you sit.

So, we need to calibrate between site and sweeping the garden better tending it. And when we sit and we touch our deepest layer within ourself, we use our body to constantly transcend its physical limits and empower our boundless self. In that moment we can alter traditional modalities that may be wrong: the way we eat, the way we think, the way we act and react, the way we work, the way we love.

The sitting moment is a thought-provoking moment, the moment when we calibrate our body-mind system to awaken the seeds of transformation inside ourself. It kindles the understanding of our identities and the mistake we do when we identify our self with them. And it pushes as to stay in touch with that Boundless Self that is all that we are: an endless streaming of pure consciousness.

Sasy, Director of F.R.Y.

Rejoice. How to!

Rejoice. How to!

This COVID 19 journey is becoming a little frustrating. No gathering even for intellectual reasons and not only for a coffee; restriction within the workspace and business limitation that are leading to money limitation. Putting your mask on? Always a forgetfulness I need to put attention on in order to follow the rules. Everything is starting becoming complicated to accept.

I try to rejoice in me being alive. I try to rejoice in my breathing and my healthiness. In the Bible it is said “Rejoice in the Lord always”. I simplify and I say “rejoice always” as everything is an opportunity to develop your attitude to be happy. Yes, it is an attitude, it is an ability and as all the abilities it is not accomplished automatically. I decide to be happy no matter what the other say.

Life can be burdensome sometimes and rejoicing doesn’t seem to be a natural response to what we are facing, to what we encounter during this journey called life. But I learned that out of some sad and difficult moments that happened to me, I gained something new: I developed a new quality, a better insight, deeper wisdom. So, no reason to be bitter about what you regret in your life: everything that is knocking at your inner door has a teaching available for you. Treat your being human as a guest house where every day you welcome honorably a new arrival: joy, depression, awareness, a sweep, a smile. Each of them has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Sasy

Yin Yoga. Approaching the Functional with Sasy Cacace (20 Hours YACEP)

Yin Yoga. Approaching the Functional with Sasy Cacace (20 Hours YACEP)

My new Yin Yoga. Approaching the Functional with Sasy Cacace” course will be available in January 2022.

Do not waste time! Reserve your spot NOW with and early bird price at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/164762979507.

Yin Yoga. Approaching the Functional with Sasy Cacace” course is eligible for 20 hours of Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance.

With this course you will learn:

  • What is Yin Yoga
  • Overview of CHI and Meridian channels, according to Chinese Medicine
  • What is the functional approach to Yoga
  • The differences between the performance and the functional-introspective approach that can be applied to all forms of Yoga
  • How to teach functionally
  • The 14 Skeletal segments and the 10 Muscles groups involved in Yoga practice
  • Why the skeletal variations are important
  • The 5 Archetypal Yoga Poses and their variations, that can be adapted to each and every student
  • And more.

This course is of interest to all people learning yoga to deepen your practice as well as to instructors who wish to deepen their understanding of movement in yoga.

COST (Canadian Dollars):

Early Bird: $377.50 (25% discount)+ HST before November 22, 2022

GeneralAdmission: $450 + HST thereafter

TIME TABLE OF THE COURSE (all times are in EDT):

  1. Saturday January 22, 2022: 8am-12:15pm (15 minutes break)
  2. Sunday January 23, 2022: 8am-12:15pm (15 minutes break)
  3. Wednesday January 26, 2022: 7pm-9pm
  4. Saturday January 29, 2022: 8am-12:15pm (15 minutes break)
  5. Sunday January 30, 2022: 8am-12:15pm (15 minutes break)
  6. Wednesday February 2, 2022: 7pm-9pm + Graduation

Certification will be delivered by email to the attendees who participate in the full course.

Info about the teacher:

Sasy is a 500 hours Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). He has been lived and taught yoga in many studios in Northern Italy, in Fuerteventura (Spain), India (Mysore), Nepal (Pockara) and all of 2018 in Los Angeles (USA).

He also has some experience in Karma Yoga including Anand Prakash Ashram in Risikesh (India) where he led Vipassana Meditation and Karuna Home for Disabled and Orphaned Children in Bylakuppe/Mysore (India) where he taught Yoga in a Yoga Studio inside the Tibetan Camp 1. On March 2020 he completed his three months of Karma Yoga at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas.

Sasy is a former Italian Police Detective and chief who has spent 20 years serving the Italian Government in the field of crime and narcotics. Knowing very well the stress and all the consequences that First Responder service can bring into the personal life of every single officer or member, Sasy was inspired to offer training for First Responders. Drawing on his past in law enforcement and the knowledge he developed since 2005 in the fields of meditation, stress reduction, Yoga and trauma-informed movement, Sasy co-founded together with Julia Long, F.R.Y. First Responders’ Yoga Canada, a tool box mind body wellness that compiles breathwork, functional yoga movement, trauma informed Yoga, meditation and positive affirmation techniques, designed for First Resppnders by First Responders, tailored to their needs. And with the F.R.Y. The App the tools are available anytime, anywhere, when needed, at a push of a button.

In 2005 Sasy started his spiritual quest and decided to dedicate his life to yoga since 2014.

He is the author of “The Key to Happiness” and “Yin Yoga”, two manuscripts in which he shares a glimpse of his personal spiritual journey, some easy-to-understand neuroscience about meditation and deep breathing, life-altering tools that transformed his daily living. in 2020 he co-authored his 3rd book together with Julia, “F.R.Y. First Responders’ Yoga. The Book”. All the manuscripts are available on Amazon, both paperback and digital formats.

www.sasycacace.com