I love to swoon around in the words of this recent genre of Poets; Nayyirah Waheed, April Green, Cleo Wade and Atticus.
Their words are like little offerings, little Altars to our spirits. I find poetry soooooooo nourishing and calming. How about you?
Lately, I'm loving the poem above by Nayyirah Waheed and I'm going to dive into the words and extract some Yoga for you (and me) from them.
tonight. under the moon. choose you.
Such a beautiful invitation.
tonight. This first word feels to me a little like the first word in the Yoga Sutras, Atha. A sweet calling or invitation to your heart and soul, to commit to a time but not any time ...... tonight.
under the moon. Oh the magical night time feel and sight of the moon. Under to me also feels like the exhale, a kind of surrender to the busy "to do", "to be" or lately "be more". Tucking that to the side and stepping out, under the mystery and beauty of the moon with feeling of the exhale. Open, listening, surrendered bathing in the beauty of the moon.
choose you. Yes! Choose you. Make that choice to have your own back, to spend some time thinking and feeling what it might look like to simply make that decision. What does that look like in your life? It feels to me like a little reminder of our dharma. To choose the blueprint of your soul, to follow that map. The Bhagavad Gita indicates that following our dharma is where our happiness lies! Even if we fail, even if we have to try and try again, that our real happiness lies in following our own path wholeheartedly.
This sweet poem, this little cup of words feel like a prayer for me. A calling, and a reminder to step out and take a few minutes to soak it up, be with the moon, the nighttime smells and make a little intention to choose me, my highest, my best.
Thank you always to Nayyirah Waheed for your books of poems! Forever grateful to you.
Books: Go to either Book Depository or Amazon for her publication: Salt and Nejma.
This morning I did a beautiful walk, there were 4 of us girls.... 2 were of the furry variety!
We walked and talked, laughed, sipped our coffees and picked up poop! About 1/2 way around we bumped into a lovely person who for the longest time was a regular at my Hatha Yoga Class. The five of us stood and 3 of us chatted for a while and when we said our goodbyes something struck me.
It got me thinking a few things.
1. Yoga helps, if you let it. On a really tangible level, it gives us permission to relax and breathe. To simply think about not much if we choose, and drop into how we are feeling. This is why Asana is the prelude to Meditation, the entree to the main meal. There are so many ways to practice Yoga, or like Rumi said more poetically "there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground". Find your way.
2. Dharma. Sometimes our path isn't clear, on some days we may not know the right thing to do or say. Clarity isn't always waiting for us. It can take weeks, months or years.. and one day we might look back (love a bit of self reflection) and see that our path makes complete sense. But until then, we only have our feels: our inner tools. Intuition, Insight, Inner Knowing, our Heart and finally to sort it all out, our mind. And we need to trust these! And more difficult sometimes, we need to trust the path we are on fully. After all its better to be on your own path 100% and fail to be a poor imitation of someone else! Kinda riff on the Bhagavad Gita.
Step into your own, more fully, more you & be true. It's funny how a lot of our life can sort itself out if we step into our own more fully & trust a little more.
Be true. Be you.
This little post is about Morning Practice.
I'm not sure about you but when I used to think about a morning practice I felt it had to be big, at sunrise, a full chunk of an hour allocated to Asana followed by Pranayama and Meditation. And it kinda scared me, I used to think well if I can't do all that, why bother!
But here's the thing I've learned in the past year.
Morning Practice is magical. It can look any way you want it to, I believe. It's about setting yourself up for the day and an opportunity to do practice what you LOVE. It's what you need to do to get ready to be your best for the day, to set yourself up for you own kinda greatness. We are creating the conditions for our best day, "our" not mine, or what someones else's might look like. Its personal. Let it be true, let it be "YOU".
Your day might start at 4am, or 10am.
Whatever time it is, can you set aside a few minutes to prep yourself for the day.
Can you drop into your breath? Just notice it.
Do you have any intentions or habits that your working with? You might take time to write them out, to say them to yourself.
What we do each day,
the words we choose for ourselves and others,
the "yes's" and the "no's",
your values, priorities and intentions,
it's so important.
Because what we do today, creates our tomorrow. And we want to create a good one, correct?
We want to stand behind our values, our priorities and let it be so crystal clear! And what better way than to create "a magical morning". What we practice really matters. Practice will change over time too. What you were really into a year ago, or what really lit you up in summer might differ to right now. Maybe get a notebook and write one or two little practices that light you up, or that are spiking your interest. Start off with such an easy little ritual that its impossible to fail! 5 mins is a good start if your fresh to this, tinker with what your up to. How does it make you feel? Is it still working? Is it season appropriate?
Please, don't let your practice be an opportunity to beat yourself up. Light yourself up instead!