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
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.
Smells! Oh the joy of scent. It has the potential to change your mood in a couple of minutes.
So on the approach to Christmas with so much to do, I decided today to close up the house and light candles, burn my Palo Santo stick and put a few drops on incense on my pillow. But yes, not all at once! Haha.
Our sense of smell can flip a worried mind on its head... so to speak!
Here's a couple of ideas for your home over the Christmas break:
1. Candles - small ones, big ones. Light them and begin to feel yourself unwind. Put one in the bathroom and run a relaxing bath, maybe place one beside your bed and create a little oasis with a great book. Tuck yourself in early and call it a night. Current favourites are Fig and Fennel and Maison Balzac. So good!
2. Palo Santo - I was given a stick of this at my very cute boutique up the road, Cherry Blossom. Its lovely to burn for a bit, blow out the flame and then inhale the scent of what I call "a walk in the forest". Its so gorgeous and very chilling.
3. Incense - my absolute favourite is Bodha Modern Wellness. They make smokeless incense sticks and you can choose from: Ground, Calm and Relax. They are TO DIE FOR.
4. Essential Oils - I like Doterra and the Perfect Potion. With oils I like to blend a few oils, and pop it in my diffuser or a few drops on my pillow or ... yes but wait there's more .... on the soles of your feet. Yup! Really.
5. Fragrant Oils - my absolute favourite are the offerings from Ayu. Check them out, they are divine and have their roots in Ayurveda. Warning, they are so good you might not ever buy another commercial perfume. Oh and another warning, you will have so many compliments that you'll feel more beautiful than you already are!
Hope you enjoyed this! Use your sense of smell, and relax.