Starting the Day off Right

I do not do Yoga. I own lots of videos, books, mats and other various equipment and sure, I have experimented a time or two…haven’t we all? But there was something about all the Beginning Yoga stuff that didn’t quite work for me. I got the breath work down, understood the poses and I wanted so much to be one of those people who fell in love with the discipline and saw my life transformed by the balance and flexibility it brings. But if I am being honest… my time is so precious and I just didn’t get enough in return for the time I would give to it. If I squeeze 30 minutes of freedom out of a day to devote to my health I needed to feel like I used the time wisely. I needed the burn, the sweat, the sweet exhaustion that seemed to whisper to me.. “you did good”. Doing Yoga felt as if I was trying to merge my meditation time with my workout… but somehow not committing to either. In spite of that…I keep trying to make it work. I have read enough and learned enough to know that it really can be life altering and can balance the body and mind like few other practices can.

So, when I came across this Picture on Pinterest I decided to give it a go. All of the poses were familiar to me and I thought if nothing else it would be a great stretch before doing some “real” workouts. Needless to say, this routine was awesome. Somewhere between the third and fourth pose I felt completely focused on my breath. At first I think this focus first came as a need to distract myself from the burn, but as I started concentrating on it, my body started relaxing into poses. By the end of the routine I felt I had accomplished a great deal. For the first time, I felt as if I understood the beauty of this practice and I felt like my body would remind me in the morning of how much of a workout Yoga can be. This picture is from Women’s Health and I think whether you are a newbie like me or a seasoned veteran you will enjoy it immensely. Namaste.

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Feeling the Shadow Self

Credit: AFP/KAZUHIRO NOGI

Throughout history, it has been believed that eclipses where very auspicious signs.  Some believed they happened when we have angered the gods.  Metaphysically speaking,  each type of eclipse brings it’s own process for us to work through.   The processes brought on by a Solar eclipse tend to be more visible and manifest in an outer way, relating to the ego.  The processes of a Lunar eclipse are experienced  in a deeper, private way, working with our subconscious and inner feelings.

A lunar eclipse may impact you emotionally as its energy is directed inward. You may feel a sense of loss, sadness, or depression, as the moon influences our moods and our emotions.  I had this very experience on Sunday and found that many of the people I spoke with had very similar feelings as well.  Most of these are due to the nature of lunar eclipses. They tend to bring change to our lives and push us outside our comfort zones as they remove things from us. We tend to forget that most times things leave our lives in preparation for new more suitable situations to be drawn in. We can be so hard on ourselves and self doubt can easily find its way into your subconscious during these times causing us to question the path we are on and the choices we are making.

These are times of great spiritual growth. Trust that whatever feelings you had, or whatever surfaces, you are evolving into the person you were destined to become. Do not allow yourself to stay with negative feelings long. Although quiet reflection has it’s place in our journey, allowing despair to eclipse your self worth is not healthy. Remember that your are a reflection of spirit. Namaste! The light in me greets the light in you. Shine that light bright for all to see!