If we truly care, nothing can tire us out. ~ Poems: Elena Brower & Waylon Lewis.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 11, 2011
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Windhorse: in Tibetan Buddhism, the symbol of tireless energy dedicated to serving the greater good.


Elena Brower is a sweet, caring, charming, popular, skilled yoga teacher. Waylon Lewis is an overcaffeinated, passionate, ambitious, workaholic author, publisher and editor. Together they’ll publish a “Timed Poetry Slam,” each week or so. ~ ed.

Gameplan: We’ll propose a topic to one another, and write a spontaneous, one draft, five-minute-or-less poem on said subject.

Our first round question, from Waylon. The next round question will be offered via Elena.

My first suggestion is inspired by Elena herself: 

“You do a ton…always moving, working, family, teaching, expending energy. In the Buddhist teachings, Trungpa Rinpoche talks about how we all have limitless energy as long as we regard others and their good points and problems both as a delight, an opportunity for compassion.

You seem to have genuine interest, joy, charm in everything you do. Would you write us…

…a little contemplation poem about the relationship between joy, work, energy, relaxation?”

~ Waylon

Elena’s offering Poem:


Am I there yet?
This dream, coming true, is it real?

These connections, real.
This family, loving, healing, real.
This child! Real!
This practice, real.
These fellow humans, longing, real.
This fullness, this love, real.

One practice now.


~ Elena Brower.


Waylon‘s response poem.

The tiger is not tired by the hunt. The rainbow is not tired by shining. Rain doesn’t get bored of falling. Arrows aren’t afraid of the target. The earth doesn’t fear the roots of a tree.

I know a massage therapist who shakes her hands out after working on someone.

“I don’t want their stress,”

she says.

That’s not right. People and their stress and their issues and their alcoholism and their leaving lights on and their turning the heat up too much not caring that it comes from coal which is cut off the tops of mountains are, for the bodhisattva, further fuel and inspiration.

I practice this. I fail at this. I practice this.

My ex-girlfriend tired me out. But if we can learn, remind ourselves, again and again—if we can practice not pushing away pain or loneliness and clinging to pleasure or desire—well, we can wake up, relax, and being to truly, fully, madly, deeply enjoy everyday ordinary life.

I enjoy ordinary things. I enjoy my bicycle. I enjoy my coffee. I enjoy my friends. I enjoy this cool Autumn’s day. I breathe in my fear and I breathe out my willingness to keep practicing, and failing, and trying again.

Because failing isn’t a problem: if we get knocked down, we must pick ourselves up again. It’s easy to say—and easy to forget.

And either way, we have no choice.

~ Waylon Lewis
Boulder, Colorado



Elena Brower:

Jonah’s mama, founder and co-owner of Virayoga in New York City, Elena has been teaching yoga for 14+ years.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked in textile and apparel design for 6 years, living in both New York City and northern Italy. After completing a year studying Art Education at the New School and teaching art in two schools in downtown New York City, she trained with Cyndi Lee, subsequently met John Friend, and began studying Anusara. More than ten years of study with John Friend, Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory led her to the Handel Group™, with whom Elena collaborates to bring practical, day-to-day relevance to the yoga. Elena’s classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; they bring patience to your mind, articulation to your body and empowerment to your heart.

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park in New York; from the playa at Burning Man to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, she is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but Elena’s true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. She holds Reiki Levels I/II Certification and practices Pranic Healing. She loves collaborative teaching, alongside colleagues such as Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Noah Maze, Christy Nones, Amy Ippoliti, Bill Mahony, Ross Rayburn, Elizabeth Rossa, Schuyler Grant, Nikki Costello, Kelly Morris, Leila Astarabadi, Seane Corn and Kathryn Budig. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Natural Living, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, FitYoga, ABC News, NBC News and is the voice for Deepak Chopra’s groundbreaking video game LEELA, which blends meditation with game play. Elena is also the Executive Producer of ON MEDITATION, a series of short films regarding the reality of meditation, to be released in 2012. Recent classes are available online at Yogaglo.

Along with her own Art of Attention writings, Elena contributes to the Huffington Post, Kris Carr’s CrazySexyLife, elephant journal, TheDailyLove, and is an original board member of YogaEarth. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE that proudly benefits her favorite global cause, Women For Women International.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “If we truly care, nothing can tire us out. ~ Poems: Elena Brower & Waylon Lewis.”

  1. Love this! Spontaneous poetry is the best kind. "Rain doesn't get bored of falling." Nope – and I never get tired of playing in it either!

  2. devacat says:

    If you want to expand this game, count me in.

    So tired until the sun
    rises in the heart,
    and when it sets I sleep.

  3. kyliej says:

    beautiful. pity about the auto-correct or whatever has wreaked little bits of havoc….even that adds another dimension and something else to think about though.
    exquisite reminders about perspective. thankyou

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Love it! Yes, please. More the merrier, truly.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Anne D What? Not so. Maybe for the super-human or the liars. Not me.

    Anna Louise W Stop & spend time in bed ♥

    elephantjournal.com Poetry helps. Helping someone who's more tired than me helps. A good dance around in the rain always helps too. ~ Kate

    Anne Docherty And gratitude!

    Angela Casey I truly care, but I teach 8 year olds and have a teenager. I'm tired all.the.time. it's an issue and I hate being tired (despite yoga, cycling to work, acupuncture, meditation…). Weekends are heaven and times of silent collapse, by Sunday I'm almost new only to be beaten down again Monday morn.

    elephantjournal.com Angela, me too! This isn't about some sort of martyrdom. It's a reminder that those of us working hard, getting tired out, can renew while working by remembering why we're doing this, and taking some joy in it. It's a Shambhala Buddhist teaching, but the notion is universal. >> Waylon

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