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.
Mary Oliver writes "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?". Since I can remember, I've carried this with me as a thought and as a question to really consider, for bringing intention into my life, its such a fun open ended question!
In the early 2000's I recall jumping on board with this small obsession with French Women. Does anyone else remember this? I joined chat rooms, to invite more of this french way of living into my life. What I can see now, is that the interest and the obsession for his way of life for many of the women was this idea of living intentionally. Of not being just carried along by life, but by actively carving out an idea of what you would like to do with your life? How would you like it to look? Where might you live, and with whom? What might you wear? Eat? What music might you listen to? Yes, a totally use of all the senses here is required.
And what's fun about this is the fact that you might discover that you love eating like a french women, but nah, you dress like a J Crew or Country Road gal. You might love baguettes but alas, your gluten free. Or you might love riding your bike, but only in perfect weather! (ahem... me!).
Throughout our days and weeks are scattered little hints as to what your one and only precious life might look like. Little hints here and there, but we must be quiet and still to see and hear them.
Can you take time, go to a quiet place? Take a cup of tea to your favourite nook in your home? If that won't work, go to a coffee shop where you won't be interrupted. Sit and listen. Make this a sacred practice. During the week, can you take time to sit and listen, as you wander through your day and week can you look out for little hints of what seeds may be aching to grow? How can you bring more of you into your life?
Can you get to a Yoga class? A class where you will have an opportunity to release some tension and stress and get yourself to a point where your lovely body isn't aching, where its becoming a finely tuned instrument for you to listen to? Could you go for a walk on your own, maybe with a notebook?
Here are some little nudges for you:
Find quiet and still time / home, coffee shop, a lovely walk. Maybe ask yourself a riff on what Mary Oliver wrote so beautifully: What can I begin to weave into my life that really lights me up? What do I wish for? What dreams do I have that I could step toward? What are some of my deep hearts wishes?
Please, don't underestimate the value of small steps.
Taking small steps toward your dreams, and your wishes, is to live more fully into your life.
A life of skilfulness in action!!
I love words. And I adore words in Sanskrit. And English and Italian, Spanish oh and French for sure. And after our trip to Thailand, I love Thai.
When I was 10 my mum gave me a book of Poems, and in it she wrote "For all your hard work in reading and spelling". I loved that book! I treasured it and at her funeral I read a poem from it, which was one of our favourites. I loved and adored my first Thesaurus (I know, funny right) and my first Dictionary. I've always loved books, signs, poetry and chants.
Lately I've become enamoured some particular words and the magical spell they create, and drum roll they are:
Intention // I am ..... or I feel ...
Prayer // May I .... be blessed into usefulness - Ravi Ravindra
Wish // It's my wish that ....
Blessing // I bless you and ....
Sankalpa - Sanskrit for Intention
From my own experience these words and their feeling, are like tiny stars filled with potential. And the potential is for creation. Yes, the creation will look different to each of us. But I feel the lightness and positivity of those words creates space for us to take steps toward what it is we desire to create.
This quote: "If we can feel it in our hearts - not just think it, but also REALLY FEEL IT - then its possible in our lives!" from secrets of the lost mode of prayer by Gregg Braden.
Take a seat, get comfy. Set aside any thoughts or feelings and get cosy with your breath, drop into the rhythm of your own heart. Be here a handful of breaths. When you feel happy and clear, rest your eyes upon these words: Intention, Blessing, Prayer, Wish, Sankapa. Which one appeals to you? Blessing, prayer, wish, intention or Sankalpa. Then maybe write a few words about:
What you might like to dare to wish for?
To aim for?
To bless and let go of?
To pray pray for?
What lies deep in your heart, what do you realllllllllly wish for?
Take a pen, your notebook, jot it down, scribble it, maybe its just a bunch of words right now, or an image or a symbol. Take your time over the next few hours or days and let it come to you. Patience my dear.
Once you feel its complete, write it out on a small piece of paper and place it somewhere where you will see it. It might be beside your bed, it may be inside your wallet (where your bound to see it), or in the car on the dashboard. Whisper it, say it, pray for it, wish for it when the moon is new, feel into it. Get close to it, to the feelings, to the heart of it.
There you go, there's a small practice for you. Enjoy. Okay, really go do this and enjoy it.