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.
Today there was Yoga at the bus stop in Dee Why. Although, you walking by looking at the same thing might not call it by the name of Yoga! Hold tight and I'll explain.
A lady sitting at the bus stop caught my eye today. Really, I think I almost walked into the pole with the bus timetable on it. Duh. I was kinda mesmerised.
There sat this lady. She looked fully present. What she was wearing and I feel how she was wearing her clothes got my attention.
Because (to me) from top to toe she totally rocked her outfit.
Her hair was scooped up in a bun, a big rocking bun and front and centre was a big beautiful soft pink flower. Like I'm talking it was a BIG flower. Her clothes were an assortment of pink and white, big floaty layers of tops and a skirt. I'm not sure on the shoes, because the hair had me!
I couldn't take my eyes off her, I was even going to go say something like "your totally rocking that outfit" or "you look so amazing" or "sheeesh your really wearing your dharma" but I felt like those words would not do anyone .... any good.... insert smiley face here!
For me today, she embodied Yoga, in particular Dharma. "Better to struggle in your own dharma than to succeed in anothers" or as Joseph Campbell so eloquently wrote "You must give up the life you planned in order to live the life that is waiting for you".
I felt like that lady, wearing that outfit, was totally into what she loved and what was true for her. She looked lit up, alive, juicy, like she was
A L I V E
Not just getting by, her fire was s t o k e d !
Maybe could we put aside what others expect us to look like, how they expect us to be, or what we envisage others expect from us.
Lets dive deep into what feels true for us!
Its a feeling that we can drop into, with practice, how does this feel for me, in my body?
Does it feel true?
Where do I feel truth?
Do I feel lit up?
Do I feel like I'm stoking my fire?
Now I'm off to the hairdressers to get back to being a brunette! One small step. Yes, a kinda superficial one but hey, we are here, having this human experience and best to make it true for us.
Even if that starts at the hairdressers!
Take a peek!