I think everyone goes through their own version of a Dark Night of the Soul, at least once.
It seems our country (the US) is having one of her very own right now. This has been building for quite some time. We all chose to be here now to help her through it, to remind her WHO SHE IS and that she is loved.
We are seeing and hearing a lot that makes us cringe and scream. And cry. When you can remember that no one is actually beating the hell out of you, give your adrenals a rest. Breathe.
Love comes in many forms. Not all are romantic. The best include respect and kindness. How do you show your loved ones that you care? How do you want love to be shown to you?
A few days ago, I set about the loving task of meditating. When I don't set time aside every day to meditate, I notice a love-hate relationship play out before my eyes. And, I feel disjointed. Meditation is my way to defrag my system. Notice what works for you! In this particular meditation, I needed to write.
When disaster strikes, sometimes your only option is to
surrender and bow to life. Here’s what I
learned and, in some cases, remembered about myself when I softened to the
chaos of destruction and creation…my own personal Big Bang! Some of these lessons may sound familiar or
seem like no-brainers, but notice if they're part of your personal experience or if you have forgotten, as I did.
- I am more patient than I have ever given myself
- I am tenacious, fearless and strong.
- My Inner Bitch is a Rock Star Goddess and I don’t
celebrate – or party with!
The Hot Series is not a style of Yoga I would
have chosen for myself, so when the opportunity to learn and teach this style
showed up unexpectedly, I chose to accept .
I am sharing my experiences in the Hot Studio not to promote or critique
this style of Yoga, but to give Voice to what I discovered about myself, and
the life I was creating, through this practice.
Yoga showed up for me at a time of great uncertainty. I had created my Energy Practice and had been
teaching Nia for a few years, but everything I had accomplished in both areas
felt like a struggle.
Every day is an opportunity to allow the mind to wander into
a beautiful garden, filled with rolling hills, springtime flowers, cool
breezes, birds singing and blue skies filled with sunshine. But how often do we create a war zone in our
minds, full of muddy manholes, fear and dread, the sound of loud weapons firing
followed by bigger weapons firing even more loudly and dull, gray skies. Which world would you rather create? Where would you rather live?
It is possible to live and love in a world filled with war,
but it is ego-driven and filled with fear.
I remember walking into work one Monday morning, while I was
in my twenties, when a fellow co-worker greeted me saying, “Only four more days
until Friday.” That statement slapped me
in the face as I realized I agreed with him.
I didn’t know it at the time, but these words would later be a driving
factor for me, a measure against how I would choose to do or not do anything I
At the time, I thought I was making the most of my career
and building a life for myself. But I was a hot mess.
What if in 2013, you stopped trying to obey all the rules
you have placed on yourself? What if you
looked into the scary corners of your Shadow Self – all those things you try to
deny and hide because you have labeled them as ‘bad’ – and chose to love and
embrace all of the parts and pieces that make you human? This is a good time to start being you. All of you.
Often, people think the Bible is a Book of Rules that says God will only
love you if you are good, according to these rules.
beginning of December, I took on 2 challenges: the Nia 7-minute workout (details are
available on theEventspage) and 7 minutes of meditation. I’ve been meaning to do both for several
months now, so when Helen Terry posted the Nia challenge and Elizabeth Peru
posted her challenge of ’31 Days of Empowerment’ for December, I knew I needed
to do both. When trying to determine my ‘INTENT’
for Empowerment, the first thing that popped into my head was 7 minutes of meditation. And it seemed that I needed to do both of
We don't always get to choose
our moments...this was something I said to a friend at work when her tears
wouldn't stop. It can be frustrating to cry publicly, leaving one feeling
vulnerable and exposed - and at times, inappropriate. But sometimes, the emotion
just overflows, uncontrollably. Could she have chosen Joy in that moment? Yes.
Would it have been wise to push down the emotion she was experiencing? No. Unexpressed, the emotion would have embedded
itself in the body, creating pain.
Last night, I taught a Nia class as a sub, to fill in at a local dance school. There I was with about 20 girls, aged 5-17. I had never been to the school before, so I really did not know what to expect. And when asked, the girls confirmed my suspicion that they had never heard of Nia. So, it was a new experience for all of us!
These girls were wonderful! They asked questions, they danced as a community and they were full of smiles. It is phenomenal to be in a room filled with so much energy!