It's been a while.
I've been deep in an immersion learning about the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text which forms part of a larger tale. And boy oh boy, it was so good! This is my teacher and she's awesome www.sunroseyoga.com
And as many of you may know by now, I love the philosophy of Yoga. Because Yoga goes deep, it encourages you to peel back the layers of who you think you are, or who you "should be" and gets to the nectar of who you really are.
But the peeling back of the layers, opinions, stories, old hurts, well that my dears is the WORK. I say that in caps because often students going to a Yoga class, think that the asana is the work. Well yes, its part of it, but its a small part (actually 1/8th) of a much more broad and awesome practice.
So, when we think about what it is we are up to in this lifetime, or what we might like to achieve, or who we are becoming, there is some work in digging and diving deep. Deep, past our hurts, our views, opinions, our ingrained ways of being in the world and responding (or reacting) to what life presents to us.
What are you up to this year?
Who are you becoming?
Who inspires you to be the best you can be?
Maybe take some time and roll out your mat or towel.
Start some Yoga postures, iron out and sort out the tension and tightness in your body.
Sit and be quiet.
Notice the miracle of your body breathing.
Revisit and feel into your wishes, intentions, or sankalpas you may have set.
Do they feel true for you?
Are they reactions to old hurts, to old ways of being in the world?
Are you building bridges or are you building fences?
Onward my friends, with more knowledge about yourself.
This is just a small post.
I'm not sure about you, but I love planning the year ahead. Working out and feeling into what I might like to create, how I would like to be, what places I might like to go, recipes to cook, and this planning has been super fun.
But, one piece has been missing. My two beloved teachers Elena Brower and Kelly Sunrose have written and discussed recently, farewelling and reviewing 2016. I feel like it falls into the Niyama of Svadhyaya, self-study.
How are we to grow, change and evolve into the very best of ourselves, if we dont take time to look back and review, flesh out, gently pull apart the last year of our lives?
So. I'm getting ready for my own process of gently reviewing the past year.
Here's what it looks like so far, incase you feel inclined to do the same:
1. Block out.
Take some time, minimum one hour and block it out in your diary. Make this before the end of year get super duper uber crazy. I'm looking at next week.
Scoop up all your notebooks, the diary you used this year, your iphone if you keep appointments there (I'm old school, mines hardcopy). Any pieces of paper you've jotted down plans for this year on. Get a blank notebook, or piece of paper and a nice pen.
Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit, and lay it all out on a table.
4. Light a candle.
Lighting a candle can make this process seem more like a little ritual and quite inviting. Imagine as you like the candle, that you are shining the light on the past year, all of it!
Place your palms togther in Anjali Mudra, at your heart. Take a handful of breaths here. Sink into your sit bones, feel into your breath, feel the warmth of your hands together at your heart center.
Softly and gently. If you had any intentions, wishes, goals or any other plans note what they were.
Here's the practice of self study, in sanskrit Svadhyaya:
What kind of year did you have?
How did you feel your intentions/wishes/goals played out during the year?
What things did you do on the weekend?
Who did you spend time with?
What did you read?
How does it look when you review what your intentions, wishes, and dreams?
Do you feel any sense of alignment? What do you feel; happiness, frustration, disappoinment, joy, pride?
What did you want to happen that didn't happen?
What happened that you had planned?
Loving this work.