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!
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.