I read something today about "compassionate self-examination and inquiry". It made me sit quietly for a bit and think about all of the different pieces that we have inside of ourselves. Yes, we all have them ... the childlike self, 15 year old self, insecure self, compassionate self, goddess self, confident self, intense self, oh, and let's not forget that entire itty-bitty shitty committee that speaks in a loud voice to us when what we need is the crowd of courage (yes, these are all from our insecure self.) I'm sure we can each list over a dozen different pieces.
Some pieces we love and embrace and others, well ... not so much. As we live, learn, and grow it is important for us to see and adjust to the changes happening within and around us. We should try and stay fluid with these changes and different pieces of ourselves ... just as the ocean waves work to soften the sharp edges of glass ... work together with them. If we don't, we may get trapped in the stickiness of the past.
As with many, my yoga practice includes Svadhyaya ... self study, contemplation, and reflection ... an ongoing process in which I continue to learn about myself, to recognize, be a witness to, and allow space for *all* of the pieces that are within me. Accepting all and nourishing some ... while knowing that every one of them has helped shape who I am today. I am so very thankful for who I am, for all of the special people in my life, and being able to share and practice yoga with so many beautiful souls.
Much love always,
My Spring Yoga sessions will start on Monday 2/10 and Wednesday 2/12, from 7:30pm-8:45pm at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, CT.
If you haven't received the new Trumbull Continuing Education brochure, you can view it on their website at https://www.trumbullconted.org/Default.asp
See you on the mat!
The New Moon or Dark Moon is when the Moon is closest to the Sun as seen from the Earth - signifying new energy and the beginning of the next Moon cycle. With this fresh, new beginning upon us, it is the ideal time to set new intentions.
This is the time that I will sit with pen and paper and think about the things that I want to cultivate in my life ... both short and long term. This isn't about making a huge to-do list ... I keep it simple, positive, and write them as though they already are such. They can be as simple as 'I am making healthy choices' "I am volunteering to teach yoga' 'I am happy, peaceful, and safe' ...
I have New Moon and Full Moon rituals that I follow each month. I have a special bowl in my room that I keep things in ... trinkets, notes and pictures from those I love, and my handwritten intentions. When it is New Moon time, I have a simple ritual that I follow in which I create a quiet, safe, sacred space by lighting candles, playing soft music, smudge the room with Sage to clear out negative energy. I will do my yoga practice to help center and ground my energy and then I bring out my intention bowl so that I can add my new intentions. I'll read my new intentions out loud and sit with those for a bit. I will use my Mala beads and recite a Mantra (a powerful word or phrase) such as "Om gam ganapataye namaha" to nurture my intention and help them flourish. This particular Mantra is to the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha and is used when you want to remove internal or external obstacles. I end the ritual with a quiet meditation and usually hit the hay, it works best for me. If you give it a try or do your own Moon rituals ... I'd love to hear about it!
The Moon has many phases and is powerful, lovely, and mysterious ... just like we are. Embrace it all, love it all, respect it all, and surrender to it all.
More on Smudging, Full Moon Rituals, the power of Mala Beads, and Mantras coming soon.
Much love, always...
If you are a veteran or active military personnel, please join me for a free yoga/relaxation class on Veteran's Day … a small thank you for your service.
The many benefits of Yoga have been known for a long time and research funded by the Pentagon and the Department of Veteran Affairs shows that Yoga is a powerful tool that can help with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Yoga increases our ability to calm the mind, which allows us to think more clearly and in turn we are more likely to handle day-to-day issues with more ease.
Come breathe, stretch, and restore during this gentle, beginners yoga class. No experience necessary.
WHEN: November 11, 2013 from 10-11:15am
WHERE: Yoga for Everybody Annex at 63 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT
(Entrance on Donnelly Walk under the red awning)
SIGN UP TODAY: FREE and open to all veterans, no preregistration necessary but if you'd like to sign up just in case, CLICK HERE
We must take care of our military heroes ... as they take care of us, without question. The more I read the more I cry, the more I cry the more I feel I need to help...
"The suicide rate among the nation’s active-duty military personnel has spiked this year, eclipsing the number of troops dying in battle and on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago, the Pentagon said Friday." --- NY Times, June 2012
I recently read this, it's written by a veteran about his PTSD:
PTSD FOR ME.
IT’S THE FEELING OF RETURNING TO THE HOME I GREW UP IN AND REALIZING IT’S A LOT SMALLER THEN I REMEMBER.
ITS BAD POETRY.
IT’S THE VIEW OF MY PERFECT LIFE, BEAUTIFUL WIFE, AND AWESOME KIDS THROUGH PRISON BARS.
IT’S THE DEVIL HIDING BEHIND ME, AND ALL HIS DEMONS LURKING IN THE SHADOW.
IT’S A VOID WHERE GOD SHOULD BE.
IT’S THE TAP TAP TAP OF A RED HOODED WOODPECKER SITTING ON MY SHOULDER DRILLING ITS RAZOR SHARP BEAK IN TO MY SKULL WHILE IM TRYING TO WORK, PLAY, LOVE, SLEEP, AND LIVE.
IT’S THE WEIGHT OF AN OBESE ELEPHANT CATCHING A PIGGY BACK RIDE UP HILL IN THE RAIN.
IT’S A TEAL RIBBON. LOOK IT UP.
IT’S A BLACK HAT WITH YELLOW LETTERS THAT MEANS NOTHING.
IT’S A BLACK HAT WITH YELLOW LETTERS THAT MEANS EVERYTHING.
IT’S THE EMPTY SPOT IN MY BED WARE MY WIFE SHOULD BE INSTEAD OF THE COUCH.
IT’S MY SCARRED KNUCKLES, THE HOLES IN THE WALL, AND MY SMASHED LAPTOP.
IT’S THE FACES, I SEE WHILE ASLEEP, OF ALL THE TRUE HERO’S THAT WILL NEVER COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILY’S.
IT’S THE SWEAT DRIPPING OFF OF ME WHEN I WAKE UP.
IT’S A BLOCK OF ICE WARE MY HEART SHOULD BE.
IT’S AN EGG BEATER IN MY BRAIN.
ITS 100 POUNDS OF BODY FAT.
IT’S THE LOOK OF HELPLESSNESS ON MY FATHERS FACE.
IT’S THE KNIFE IN MY MOTHERS HEART.
IT’S THE TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY WIFE’S FACE.
IT’S THE FEAR IN MY CHILDREN’S EYES.
IT’S MY REWARD.
IT’S MY PUNISHMENT.
ITS YOUR PITY.
ITS MY LIFE.
You are invited...
I will be teaching a Free Restorative Yoga Class at Yoga for Everybody in Fairfield.
Restorative yoga is extremely therapeutic and gentle ... a wonderful practice for the new student as well as the advanced practitioner. The body is fully supported by blankets, blocks, bolsters, and straps in a series of postures intended to allow deep relaxation. When fully supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness.
Come and relax, refresh, renew!
Click Here to register
You wouldn’t think that a conversation about cell phones and cable TV would bring about personal exploration, right? Well, it did for me this morning.
I was reminded that we are creatures of habit … often staying with things because we know what to expect, we know ‘how that story goes’, or sometimes because we don’t think about things that aren’t down right ‘broken’ or causing us distress.
I bought a card a long time ago because I loved the meaning. I never had the intention of sending it to anyone … no, this card was for me … a reminder.
“Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone”
Today, this simple conversation about cell phones and cable TV reminded me that there are a few areas that I need to re-visit to keep living, changing, and evolving and that although this quote may be taken to mean something big … we should also be questioning even the smallest things … and questioning often.
Do the things in our lives make us happy? Do they continue to serve a purpose? Are there any areas in our lives where we are stuck? It's time to start ‘shaking the tree’.
Much love always,
This week we will be exploring Svadhyaya … Sva means self and adhyaya means study or education.
Self-study is necessary to draw out the best in us. One way to educate ourselves or self-reflect is to pay close attention to our actions and thoughts. Look at and feel both the harmony and disharmony this week as though you were watching a movie. Without judgment, ask yourself if your beliefs, actions, and thoughts are true to your own inner voice. Remember, we create our own messes and our own happiness.
Much love always,
Little changes and little choices...
A beautiful soul sister of mine, Korri Wass, wrote a blog entry recently about giving ... giving at a time when we feel helpless and feel that what we have just won't be enough. She reminds us so beautifully that every little bit, when combined together, makes a big impact. Whether you give 10 minutes, $5.00, or your support ... it all matters, all of it.
Please visit her website at LeanLogic:
"The Cost of Living and The Cost of Giving"
Blog entry by Korri Wass
Much love and light, always
Can you show the courage and stay in the fire until you find the blessing?
Tapas is the 3rd Niyama (personal observances). Tapas means heat and can be looked at as self-discipline, spiritual effort, tolerance, transformation…
This week try staying in a moment of unpleasantness for “one more minute”. Can you let the ‘heat’ begin to burn away your judgments, opinions, or expectations?