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I see a pattern forming here… each time I’ve had a “yogini tale” to tell, certain elements remain the same: this girl [walking/running/wandering] outdoors with her trusty jogging stroller and her favorite little man.
I’ve often joked that I wish that stroller had an odometer. I’m sure the mileage would be shocking- hundreds of miles, if not a thousand. As a full-time mama of an always active boy, putting Maxim in the stroller and hitting the road was my only ‘me’ time. We would walk more than 10 miles some days.
From our last house, it was a quick and easy walk to a trail that leads directly to the beach- less than 3 miles each way. The nearest playground was just as far… uphill. So, day after day, we walked and walked. We even began to run, something that I had always told myself I couldn’t do. Didn’t even want to. We became such a good team that we entered our very first 5K last year.
Then, a strange thing happened. We moved to a new house. A great new house with a playground in the neighborhood and a big park just a mile away. We did most of our training at the long track that encircles the park. It was convenient, if somewhat boring.
The thing is that our new house is about twice as far from the beach and is very inconveniently positioned with regards to accessing our beloved bike trail. It’s a much farther hike to get to an access point, which in itself is fine, but the scenery… well, asphalt, strip malls, crosswalks, gas stations. Not my favorite. A dealbreaker? Not entirely. A deterrent,? Yes.
The best part of the trip is the very beginning, passing in front of one of California’s famed Missions. Sometimes we would even walk the grounds before heading out into the concrete jungle. There is a road that runs along the western side of the Mission that ends with a barricade. I always wondered where it led, but I never followed it. There are areas of the Mission that are not open to the public. I assumed it led to one of those… hence the barricade.
On the first day of the new year, my boys and I decided to go for a walk. When it comes to the men in my house, they always have their own ideas about what to do and how to do it. We walked over to the Mission and cut across the front of the parking lot- leading right over to the barricade. Now, I am the type of person that sees a barricade and expects that it’s there for a reason. My boys? Not so much. We kept walking around the barricade and followed the road down a little hill.
And what do you know?? It cut through to a residential area very near the entrance to the trail. No strip malls. No gas stations. No red lights and traffic.
I guess sometimes you just have to push on past the barricade and allow that there might be something awesome just down the hill. Go figure.
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.
Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know our garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
~Hopi Elders’ prophecy, Oraibi, Arizona
“Letting go and letting God…” Amen, Doreen!
In my class today, we played with all of the new-ness that’s happening right now. Today is Chinese New Year as well as new moon. And over the weekend, a very dear friend of mine gave birth to her first child. Inspired by this ‘seedling’ energy- all of these new beginnings that are sprouting up, we used our practice to clear and release the ‘old’ in order to make room for the ‘new’.
Manifesting. Co-creating. Planting our intentions and watching them grow.
Doreen’s reading with the Mermaids and Dolphins oracle cards this week. Check it out…
I felt a deep and overwhelming need to hibernate for several weeks during the holidays. I had a calling for it. And just like any other wild animal, I packed on a couple hibernation pounds.
This article by Katie Silcox (via Yoga Journal) plots a return to balance from an Ayurvedic perspective. She points out that this season is a Kaphic time of year and that the prevailing conditions are lethargy- and heaviness-inducing (glad it’s not just my powerful, powerful hunger for cereal).
I love that her suggestions include eating fresh ginger, going outside, and sipping hot water/tea throughout the day. Those are 3 of my favorite things! This is going to be a snap![Sidenote: I recommend Banyan Botanicals for your Ayurvedic herbal needs if you are wondering about that. Their (very awesome) catalog is an education in Ayurveda in itself. Also, click here for a free dosha quiz.]
Bonne chance, mes amis!!
Today is the first day of Yoga Journal’s 21-day yoga challenge. The challenge includes a daily yoga practice, 15 minutes of meditation each day, and at least one vegetarian meal a day.
The video above is an ‘intermediate’ practice, but you can choose a level when you sign up for the challenge. I love that I can track my progress on Social Workout and share it with yoga buddies. I think it’s a great way to stay motivated!
If you would like to join a ‘team’ with me, search for my email: email@example.com
Let the challenge begin!
Happy Monday… it’s Doreen and the “nature Angels”- the fairies. I totally can’t believe how right on she is (ok, yes I can). I’m using the power of the full moon to clear, cleanse, and let go. For days, I’ve been purging my house, my body, my life of all that no longer serves me. Powerful winds are at my back and now is the time. Thanks, Doreen for reminding me of it again.
How about you? Does Doreen’s reading ring true this week?
“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh