Moving in Transition

Life is not static. There are layers of life that move at different rhythms within your being and your world. At times of transition, when there is a big shift in those rhythms, finding a way to stay in balance and connected to this earth plane can be difficult. The farther along I move through this year, the clearer it is to me that this is a pivotal year for me in many ways. So, I’m in the middle of transition right now, and I thought I’d share some of the ways I’m finding balance in this ever shifting time.

Having danced all of my childhood, then found hatha yoga, flexibility is something that has always been present in my realm. Often, flexibility is thought of only in terms of the physical body, but flexibility is a state of being. Flexibility is being in touch with the movement of energy, whether that is tangible in the physical body, or intangible in the form of thoughts, emotions, and patterns of relating and existing. Flexibility is being in touch with the elements you are, especially the water and wind, but also the fire, storm, and even the earth. There are rhythms everywhere and as change occurs, you can move your way through different rhythms to feel your way into the rhythms that suit you best in the moment.

So think of yourself as dancing through each moment, each breath even, and being aware of what feels good. Whether you want to actually dance around your room every day as you get going, or dance words through your being by singing or reading aloud words that resonate with you, do what feels good to you. Know that if you’re uncomfortable, you can keep moving to find your way into a place more comfortable.

If dancing or singing/speaking doesn’t feel like the rhythm for you, breathing exercises are something else to try. Alternate nostril breathing is an easy way to clear and balance yourself and only takes a few minutes and breathing which we all do.

As we near the summer solstice, there is plenty of light to draw in to support your transition. Focusing on the energy of the solstice, the changing angles of the earth to sun, provides added strength to your own changing angles.

Flexibility exists in each step, each thought, each emotion, each breath. And moving in transition is just one movement of the symphony that is your life. Smile, be gentle and kind with yourself.

Namaste

Cosmic Shifts

New moon, solar eclipse, and vernal equinox all happening today! If you’re feeling overwhelmed today, take a few minutes to read through this guided meditation and be kind to yourself.

At this halfway point between the longest night and longest day, settle into your heart.

From this vantage point looking in all directions and across all time, sweep the view clean with your gaze.

Breathe the power of the stars above, the planets, the sun eclipsed by the moon.

Feel the answering light within you shining brightly into the multiverse.

Listen closely for the voice deep within that speaks only the language of love, the voice calls your true name.

Hear your name and sing the song you are.

Breathe out all that no longer serves your true purpose.

Sing the song you are.

Join the celestial symphony and draw this music into your body and into your world.

Feel each note as it shifts your vibration.

Feel your light find a new balance.

Open to the All.

May you find ease in change,

may you find light in dark,

and may you find love.

Namaste

Finding Center

Here we are halfway through the month of March with a solar eclipse, new moon, and the vernal equinox all in the next week! All that planetary movement in a very short window of time…Friday is going to be a busy day in the universe. With all that dancing of planets, staying centered this month seems to be a bit of a challenge.

In this human experience change is a constant, but we often look at it with a negative slant and end up tying all sorts of emotions to it, creating a tangled mess. Day to day life is often flying by at such a fast pace that we’re overwhelmed just trying to get through a day. There is support all around and even within, but we have to remember to pause, notice it, and feel it. Here’s a guided meditation to find some support.

Close your eyes and settle into your body, breathing comfortably, gently.

Feel your feet connected to the ground and feel that connection reach deep into the earth.

Feel yourself in a vertical pillar of white light connecting you to the earth below and your higher self above.

Breathe gently and allow your entire being to draw into alignment within this pillar of light. Feel the light not just surrounding you, but within your physical body.

Stay here, breathing in this place or state of alignment for a few moments and just feel all that is.

Comfortably supported in this alignment, feel and hear big March winds pouring through your being.

Whether they come from behind, in front, or the side, feel the power of these winds clearing all of your being.

These winds bring change, freshness, a new perspective.

And in this place or state of alignment, allow the change to be just that, change.

Stay here for a few moments just breathing, being.

Gently breathe back into your physical body in the now and notice how you feel. What is different? What is the same? No judging, just noticing. Know this is you as you are. Know that you can return to this whenever you need to.

In these busy times, be kind to yourself and others. As we hit the vernal equinox, feel the balance of dark and light and allow that balance into your whole being. And remember you are Light.

Namaste

In the Midst of the Ordinary

So often, in today’s world, the special is celebrated to such an extent that the ordinary is ignored. The ordinary is where we really live. We breathe. We feel. We connect. The wind blows, the rain falls, the sun shines, the clouds billow. We eat. We sleep. We are. But instead of thinking of special and ordinary as two separate entities, what if we think of them as just two aspects of life, the whole? What if we leave that dualist thinking behind, shifting instead to the All?

There is always change. While there are special points along the way that we use to denote the change, we don’t have to focus on those markers. We can choose to focus on each moment. We can choose each moment. We can co-create. We are the change. So why do we even need those markers? They just detract from the moment.

So while you’re drinking your morning coffee/tea, feel the mug in your hands, the hot beverage on your lips. Smell the aroma of the steam and feel it moisten your face. Feel the heat slide down inside you. Feel your feet on the ground. Choose gratitude for this human experience. Choose to smile, to shine.

While you’re standing in line at the store, hear all the sounds surrounding you, the symphony of humanity. Feel the support of the earth below your feet, holding you up. Feel the light shining from within you. Choose gratitude for this human experience. Choose to share your light with this world.

In the midst of the ordinary, remember the magic that we are all One.

Namaste

New Year Full Moon

Last night the full-moon-deep-dark shadows danced across the fields as the big winds swept through. Full moons are a time of release. Wind is an element of clearing. The pairing of full moon and big winds is a powerful start to this new year. Yes, we are almost a week into the new year, but as with most points of change, there is a window around the actual point of change where we’re adjusting. We exist in the space time continuum and thus we often experience change over time.

Here’s a brief meditation for bringing the new you into the now.

Close your eyes.
Lean into the light of the full moon and the winds around you; trust there is support for you in every moment.
Find that space of gratitude within you and allow it to connect with all that has made you who you are, past, present, and future.
Breathe into your heart.
Breathe gold light from over your head, breathe it down your body into the earth.
Breathe brown light from the earth below, breathe it up your body to connect with the Source of the gold light overhead.
Feel the shifting within as you come to a new balance, a new alignment.
Pause for a moment and feel the new you.
Smile and open your eyes gently.

We are barely into the new year and my practice is already changing. I have new rates starting February 1. And stay tuned for new services that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. I, for one, am excited for this new year!

Namaste

Happy Solstice!

in the cloudy sky diffuse light this morning
I walk
feet planting me on the earth
as pulses within and without all sync
I reach deep inside and feel the light blossom
filling me till I spill into the All
shining ever brighter
clearing away the debris
drawing me into alignment
opening me to the infinite

I call Air, Water, Fire, Earth,
Wood, Stone, Metal, Ether, Star
I call Light–welcome, Light

May you find the light you are and may you shine brightly.
Namaste

Short Days and Long Nights, Where Is the Light?

As the sun rises later and sets earlier all while moving farther to the south each day, I feel a pull inward and a pull downward. While I love other beings, I also love solitude. And I need that time alone to really be the me that I’m here to be. The longer nights allow me to curl into a book or into dreamland, to shift my journeys from time with others to time with myself which is ultimately time with Spirit. That is my pull inward. My pull downward is the Earth calling me to melt into my surroundings. To fall into the All. While these pulls lead me to the same space, the journey to get there is different and I love them both.

With shorter days, it is easy to feel that darkness is taking over. But the night sky is full of tiny spots of light. I think of how far that light is traveling to enter not just my eyes but my whole being, and how we just have the one sun so bright during the day, but so many stars during the night. When I stand staring up, I feel the light that is me reaching out to those pinpricks of light across the night sky. I am not alone for I am not separate. We are all light.

Here’s an exercise to try whether you’re feeling harried, out of sorts, or want a reminder of your true self.
Take five minutes after dark to step outside.

Close your eyes and breathe into your physical body. Feel the edges of your physical body. Notice any and everything in this moment. Feel your feet connected to the earth below you.

Gently open your eyes and scan the skies slowly, noticing the many, many stars. Notice just how much light there is in the darkness. Pick one star, pause, and feel the journey of the light across the universe to reach you.

Close your eyes and feel a spark of light within you, breathe into that light, making it bigger, until it fills your entire being and shines out of you in all directions. Feel the light from the star you picked still pouring into you as you shine your light. Feel that you are the star. You are light. Revel in the light you are.

Gently breathe back into your physical body. Feel your feet connected to the earth below. Feel the air supporting you. Slowly open your eyes and notice what is the same and what is different.

May the light you are shine brightly!
Namaste