How are you showing up for your life? What is it all really about? Can you tune into the miraculous nature that surrounds you? Think on it, listen to your own inner call and honor her. Allow your light to lead the way so that you illuminate the path for those around you alleviating pain and overwhelm as you deepen your faith with your own truth. This is serving our soul…individually and collectively. Being able to lead from this place brings clarity, confidence and a deep sense of fulfillment. Listen for yourself!
Move, breathe, tune in. Remove the interference, settle the inner noise, get quiet with your thoughts and shift your energy to nourish your heart so you can be in a space to listen. Listening to the call of Divine Love is what Sacred Essence is all about. Science reminds us that yoga is a powerful healing modality, so by unplugging you are tuning into great strength and wisdom. Enjoy!
So I am a little partial, but really it is on so many levels.
First it’s been around for a while, not the mat or downward facing dog, but the idea of inviting the body, mind and spirit to connect. Understanding that the divine will help in our efforts, now that concept is over 5000 years old. While I am not going into a history lesson, you should realize that connecting to the divine has always been the major consideration of yoga.
Secondly, it moves you in a way that gives you permission to see the big picture, turn into yourself, see the divine there on the inside and then participate in the world. This is on repeat, even when there isn’t a yoga mat anywhere close. While my practice is more and more meditation, I still walk through all the events in my life practicing yoga. How can I connect to the divine in this moment…sitting in traffic, dinner with family, time with my husband, reading graduate school work. Yes, I forget, but as soon as I feel myself going out of alignment, my yoga is there for me.
Thirdly, I have a body that looks good from the outside, at least that is what people keep telling me. But on the inside my body hurts most of the time. Anything high impact can set me back for weeks, and one unconscious step and my back can lock up or something spas out and then I am stuck. Really, I get stuck where I can’t move…I don’t want pity, it’s simply a testament for yoga as it keeps me feeling the best I can. There are postures, or asanas, that I stay away from as they don’t serve the organization of my physical body, but I am stronger than I have ever been in my life and still finding the confidence to try another challenging posture.
Fourth on the list, you always feel better, calm but energized, tone and lengthened, loving and serene. Flat out it just makes you feel good – especially if you have a teacher that gets how hard it was for you to step on your mat. And when you start feeling better, you notice you are making better choices in your life and surrounding yourself with people who also value you.
Fifth, it always ends with a relaxation of some kind. If you are doing yoga and your class doesn’t do a final relaxation, then ask them why not. Same goes for if your teacher is not valuing your energy and time of being there, ask them why they wanted to be a yoga teacher. In my opinion, you should feel uplifted when leaving yoga.
Yoga may not seem like the best thing for you, but it most certainly is for me!
Go with the flow. We hear it all the time. What happens when you just go with it? What are you going with? Being a flow teacher most people think it’s going to be fast and it’s going to be hard. I’ve even heard other teacher’s say, life is hard, so should your yoga. Gag me with a spoon (yes, I just said that). Please. Seriously. Why would I want to continue to be in fight mode. Yes, life is stressful, really bad
shit stuff happens all the time, but it’s not all bad and tension is good for us. Resistance gives us something to expand into, an opportunity for growth. I love a good butt kick and I like to be challenged in my practice, but I like for the offering, fast or slow, to be rooted in something. Since I find myself in front of people on a daily basis, people asking to be lead to a place of greater serenity, to be reminded of their potential and ability to handle where they are in life, I take the flow very seriously and seldom do I just go with it but rather investigate, and join forces.
Have you ever stood out in the ocean? Have you ever walked out into the sea, fighting the current and waves, then you just go with it, pick up your feet and go with the flow? Completely releasing any participation with the direction you are heading? Every time I’ve tried it I’ve ended up with a suit full of sand and a nose full of salt water. Grateful I’ve never been pulled out to sea or drifted so far down the shore to the point of no return. For me it never really was all that pleasant. You may find it enjoyable, just going with the flow. You may feel, from your own experience that is just how you like to life, but for me, time and time again, the ocean of consciousness reminds me to be the flow and today I realized that I also need to love the flow.
If I can step into the current of my own life recognizing the tidal shift and the constant flux or movement of energy, and love it, fully embrace it, then this is living, this is feeling connected to the divine. But it’s tricky because, in this case, you realize you aren’t in charge, that you don’t have control, but that you do have a choice. Because you have a choice, this is where the love shows up. You can feel beaten by the salt water and sand, turn your nose to the sulfur smell of pluff mud, or you can appreciate and be enamored by the constant change. The movement in, the movement out… again and again….looking inward towards ourselves and then expressing ourselves outwardly. Some call it a play, I call it a divine loving pulse or spanda.
Seeing the flow is the first part. Watching the pulse of your breath in, then turning back out, this simple act that we do unconsciously day in and day out, isn’t that much of a mystery but rather the rhythm of the universe. Look at the season’s of your life, good times, bad times, it’s all the same and from the same source. Then as soon as we participate with the breath we let go of the control and rather than just go with the flow, we love the flow and become the flow. We find ourselves in a healthy relationship through awareness. The hardship shifts from frustration and agitation, to admiration and appreciation because of a co-participation. This way we don’t get stuck and when we find ourselves in a rut, valley or holler, we can love the creative life force that flows through every being. Loving the flow invites us to be sad when we feel gloomy, but know that you won’t be stuck there forever. Let the current flow, join forces, even create an alliance with the divine and Love the flow.