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A Playful Gathering

To quote Rumi, “There is a community of spirit – join it and feel the delight…”  that is exactly what we did last Sunday. A group of talented and gifted women spent the afternoon together in a beautiful setting with a gracious host and two Yoginis (Sherry Smith & me) who facilitated the group through pranayama, walking meditation, gentle yoga and collage with the focus on the Svadisthana (in Sanskrit) Chakra. The second Chakra is orange in color, the element is water and the mythical animal is a hungry sea monster (I interpret this as the super ego). According to Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, in her book Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life the second chakra, is “important to artists because of its relationship to creativity, sexuality and psychic ability”.  Additional wise advice she shares with us is that, “working on the second chakra is useful for artists, as it resolves feelings of inferiority and attachment and lessens the sense that we have to prove that we are good enough by what we do or produce.”

When I am on a joyous creative roll and all is flowing freely and, suddenly my super ego decides to make an appearance – attempting to interrupt the flow –  I have learned a great practice from my coach Bebe Cooper {www.opentheflow.com } I say directly to my super ego one of two things, depending on what is needed in the moment – either “thanks for looking out for me, I’ve got it” and/or “go suck on a tailpipe”. The later is my preferred retort.  So the next time you are interrupted while flying full out in your creative work, take a deep breath into your second Chakra and blow the hungry sea monster right out of the water!

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Cooking Up Fresh Ideas

My creative process involves making room for bravely integrating “all my bits”. I am practicing compassion towards my tender-hearted self. I am learning to acknowledge and embrace my vulnerability. I am practicing accepting  the perfect and imperfect nature of relationships {and I have had a great many opportunities to practice this over the last few months}.

I am in movement towards a new future… Cooking Up Fresh Ideas: birth, life, death – a natural part of the cycle of life’s experience.  The birthing of new work requires a letting go and embracing –  simultaneously. Can I stand in the fire with my heart open, practicing loving kindness towards others and myself? Yes I can! and so can you.

Each of us can choose to allow ourselves to open to our inner strength, to be delightfully surprised at our interior resources if we can “attend to our own demons”. Every moment provides an opportunity to take the steps needed to create our own fresh future.

“Walk out like someone born into color. Do it now!” Rumi

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What is a name that calls you to be fearless?

I am currently doing my best to ride a turbulent wave of change that is crashing through my life and I have my moments in the trough. What then? Occasionally I will dwell in the darkness of self-pity and then I rise up and keep riding the wave. I reach out and connect with the people that I  love and immerse myself in experiences that nourish my soul. The name that calls me to my future fearless self – is “spiritual warrior”.  As Margaret Wheatley states in her new book  Perseverance, “Spiritual warriors are those who are brave.  The skills that give them power are compassion and insight. It takes years of practice and discipline to cultivate these.” This is for me, enough work for more than one lifetime. Stay tuned!

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Resting in the Uncertainty of the Present Moment

“Resting in the Uncertainty of the Present Moment”
The willingness to rest in the place of uncertainty sounds wonderful to me when I read it on the page… living it and breathing it in reality is quite another matter. It seems as though lately, I have been sharing one of my favourite quotes from Pema Chodron with the folks in my yoga class and my friends and colleagues. Many people are facing a variety of challenges. So here is the quote from Pema… that continues to give me comfort in my challenging moments

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
When we think that something is going to bring us pleasure, we don’t know what’s really going to happen. When we think something is going to give us misery, we don’t know. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. We try to do what we think is going to help. But we don’t know. We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure.”{ p. 10 When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times}

 

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