It's no secret that Cleo Wade is one of my super hero's! Why? Because she writes inspiring messages like this one below, because she is so on point with the direction of her life and her choices reflect that. She's clear, she's on a mission and her heart is big and wide.
What does it mean to turn into the person you always wanted to be?
How does that relate to Yoga?
And how do we know who we want to be?
It means to look around your current life like a detective. There are clues errrrywhere, here's some starters:
Look at your Pinterest account, who and what is showing up?
What characters on your TV show's fascinate you?
What Public Figures capture your interest?
What books are you reading, and what characters are in them that your drawn to?
What do you love to do?
Where do you love to go?
What lights you up?
Take a note book or piece of paper and write it all down, do a mind dump. Make it creative if you like, but just start!
Yoga is about living skilfully. Yoga is about following your dharma, your own magical blue print. The above questions might help unearth that. We each have unique qualities, inherent gifts, things that make you "you", your "ness" as Randy tells Carl in the movie You, Me and Dupree. Randy goes on to tell Carl he lost his Carlness! Randy tells Carl, that his "ness" is a thing "its a verb, its a conjunction, its a philosophy, its a preposition, its a way of life, its your naaaaaame with ness attached to it".
Your "ness" is whats makes you "you". Cleo writes to turn into the person you've always wanted to be, and that yes, its going to be fun. The person you've always wanted to be, is already in you. Because you've seen it and recognised it, you feel drawn to it for a reason. Its part of your blueprint, part of your life unfolding, part of you becoming the most "you" you can be!
So, go small. Start with teeny steps that make it so easy you simply can't fail!
If you want to be that lady at 78 that rides her bike, start riding to the shop or to Yoga and back.
If you want to be that lady that does Yoga in her 80's, get to class once a week.
If you want to dance the Salsa, book a class.
Want to swim into your 90's, get wet!
Start small. And as my favourite Yoga text says:
"In this Yoga, no effort goes to waste,
and no momentum is lost,
even a little of this dharma rescues one from great fear".
Bhagavad Gita 2.40
What practices do you need to set up, to get in place, so these things can happen? How can you flourish in your choices? Review your day and put in place some little pockets for magic to happen.
This beautiful Sanskrit word Sharanam, means to take shelter, or a place of refuge. Can you find a little spot in your home, a seat, where you can set aside some time in your morning to review your next most best self, the little practices you'd like to do? This break is a little refuge for you, a shelter from the responsibilities of life, to dream a little, perhaps plan small sustainable steps for this life you'd like to step towards.
Yoga Postures to go with this practice:
5 minute seat // Concentration on your natural and regular breath
Savasana // 5 minutes to lie down and be with yourself
Love Sara x
Carrie-Ann Moss wrote that she wants a life "As true as the Moon". I was remembering this line, which I adore, as I drove home from teaching a Yin Class tonight.
The Moon was there, she's just past full. She's a glorious ever glowing reminder of so much.
As I drove, I remembered Carrie-Anne's quote and I thought that I too, want a life as true as the moon. I want more truthful conversations, more honest family connections. And I feel like I'm wading through some heavy muck to get there.
I was listening the rain on the car, looking at the moon on the ocean as I drove home. Soon, the clouds moved across the moon and her brilliance was obscured. And I smiled. Because it was just the message I needed, that yes, we can have a life as true as the moon, but it takes time, its sometimes obscured for many reasons, there's an ebb and a flow to this truth. It's not a clean cut route.
Back to "chopping wood, carrying water".
The truth is not simple.
It takes work to plough through our own internal BS. And its multilayered, like a good Tiramasu, like our Koshas (the layers of our being). But once you get there, once you practice feeling truth it becomes so compelling and it feels so good, that you'll probably want more.
And then what happens is that what isn't truth starts to stand out. All the little lies we tell ourselves, all the way's we rearrange things so we don't need to be truthful, they begin to feel icky and uncomfortable. And the truth starts to become the nice place to hang out, and the rest begins to feel noticeably awkward and stands out.
The Yogi's were onto this.
Truth, Satya in Sanskrit, is one of the 10 anchors or ways of being the in the world that the Yogi's recommended on the path to Yoga. But Truth comes after Kindness, for a very good reason. Let Kindness be the precursor to truth telling, truth feeling, its King for a good reason.
Find a Yoga pose that feels true for you. It might be sitting, it might be lying down. Find yourself in it, in a way that feels good and find where truth lies in your body, where do you "Feel" truth the most, for some its the gut, others the heart, you might get it in a "sense". Start to find it and make contact.
This is a lifetime practice. It takes time.