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
Last night 15 students gathered for my little workshop, Be True Be You.
The idea of this came to me after some deep study and good soul work. You know the kind right! And so I decided that the best thing would be to combine my love of Yin Yoga, Mantra and The Moon. Its cool how these all come together, they marry up for a sweet love affair of introspection, quiet and calm.
So, the main idea of this class to remind us all that all we have are ourselves. Everyone else is already taken right? But I often feel and see that our modern life pulls us away from our authenticity, or as Stephen Cope calls it "our idiosyncratic self". I believe that we are all part of an important web, the web that makes up this life, and that its our duty and our right to live our life as close to the heart of our authenticity as possible. "Even a little practice of this dharma will save you". Even a little stepping toward being more authentic, more you, will save you. How? Because when we chip away at our own authenticity by saying yes when we mean no, by choosing another's path because it "looks" better than ours, all of this errodes our sense of happiness and trust in ourselves that we are enough, and we begin to feel inauthentic, sad, down, split, and I believe this affects our self esteem, our sense of worth in our community.
But if we unearth our gifts, and our talents and weave them into our day, well I believe that may be a little path toward happiness. There's a sense of truth and that brings freedom with it. I love Carrie Ann-Moss's words "I want a life as true as the Moon". This! This just lights me up. For a long time I've loved the moon, even my kids love the moon. There's something so true, so sacred about it and it just fills up my heart. I dont need to put it into words, I don't need to find exactly what it is about the moon that makes me so happy to see it, it just is.
So make it sacred,
Make it true,
Make it beautiful,
Let it be You.
Follow your own path.
Listen to your heart.
You need your heart to follow your path.
Your path is unique. But it takes time, trust, and surrendering to feel into it.
If you like Gardenias and coffee you might like this idea. I'm kind of just pulling apart your loves in a gentle way to show you how you can take what you love and show you how it can be a living practice. So, if you love this flower and you also enjoy your coffee, you might like to take yourself to the Botanical Gardens for a little excursion. Maybe you might buy a coffee on the way (keep cup please!) or prepare one from home and take that with you. Find your flowers, take a seat. Smell and soak in the scent of the flower, with your eyes look at the beauty contained in it, perhaps if its okay touch the petals (gently) and drink in it all. Enjoy the taste of your coffee, smell it too. And take a moment to enJOY. Consider setting an intention, or maybe read a poem, or say a little prayer. Perhaps offer up some gratitude for the opportunity to do this little sweet Bhakti Yoga.
In Melbourne this weekend I went to South Melbourne Market. I was so excited to go here and it was FAB. The smell, the noise of growers and makers talking about their wares, the small sweet Barista specialising in drip coffee made me so happy. Do what you love!!! These people are offering up the most delicious goods, fresh pastries, the most divine offerings from their hearts and I felt it in mine.
Here's a practice for you. Remember that it takes time and practice to listen to your heart.
Choose a candle or some incense.
Take a flower or crystal in the palm of your hand.
Find a comfortable cushion to sit on.
Let the back of your hands rest in your lap & close your eyes.
Slowly, softly begin to listen to the rhythm of your breath.
Relax your body, soften your lips and your ears.
Taking your time, bring your awareness to your heart.
Be here for a few minutes.
In time, slowly lift your flower or crystal to your heart.
Set an intention or say a little prayer, to follow your hearts wisdom.
Gently relax your head toward your heart,
and open your eyes.
Place your crystal or flower somewhere in your home or on your desk, so you will see it. And each day repeat your intention or prayer, to listen and follow your heart.
From Nayyirah Waheed:
You will find your way. It is in the same place as your heart.
Let me know how you go!