"This above all:to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
- William Shakespeare
While on holiday, a lot of inner reflection has been done. Taking time to look into my own inner lense and understand who I am. As layers are peeled, I am learning more and more every day of who I am along with who I am destined to be.
My.... This life....what a journey....the highs, the lows, the amazing moments and the utter disappointments... I wouldn't change any of it as this is what is called our lifes's experience... These events have made me who and what I am today.
Being out of routine has taught me to take a step back and see my life in front of me. Making myself actually pause and reflect...
How many times are we living in auto-pilot and don't take time to "see" what we have been blessed with. From the amazing abundance of beauty that surrounds us everyday like the picturesque landscapes, the sweet soothing sounds of an ocean, the giggles of a child, the precious stories of a loved one, the strangers that cross our paths and often times become a part of our life chapters whether is be for a season, a reason or a lifetime.
I took in many beautiful life moments while on holiday.....such as the sun setting on the horizon leaving a beautiful silhouette hitting the water that simmered quietly as the waves brushed along the shore.. Natures natural Picasso resonated with me and made me take a step back to see how precious our time on earth is. As I sat observing and sipping and savouring my moment, I took time also to listen to my own symphony of sounds that played part in the nature around me. I listened to by breathe and felt my heartbeat. I know I often say this when I teach but our breathe and our heartbeat create beautiful symphonic sounds to ourselves and those around us.
Your heart is a beautiful masterpiece- it allows us to feel and shift energy within us. Sometimes our hearts can close up when life gets a bit off course to what we were expecting. This shift of energy to our heart is a pattern called Samskara which in Sanskrit means "impression". Samskara is a blockage, an impression from the past of some unfinished energy that is still running our lives.
My goal over holiday was to come face to face with my own inner Samskara's that I have been dealing with. No, a holiday didn't cure it all but it did allow me to journal what I need to work on over the next few months. By facing my Samskara's that were causing my heart to close up in some situations, made me realize that holding onto blockage only limits my ability to enjoy life. So lesson learned for me is that I will enjoy life and the experiences brought to me. I am allowing myself to open and relax my heart and live in love. Be present and experience each moment that is passing through me. Live life fully awakened! Isn't that how we all should be living? If we all can relax and release, my what a wonderful purification of our heart will be experienced.
Think about what is blocking you in your life and begin to work on letting go of what no longer serves you, I did and my.... I feel more vibrant and ALIVE!! xoxo
I continue to practice being present everyday in all of my moments. This morning while on holiday I let myself wake up naturally which happened to be right as the sun was rising for a new day.
I made a coffee and sat out on our balcony and looked out into the vast ocean in front of me and listened to the crash of the waves.
As I closed my eyes, I tapped into my senses and began practicing my pratyahara one of the 8 limb paths. I took in the smells, sounds, feelings and touches. Immediately, I was brought back to my youth and my love for the ocean.
When growing up in Maine every summer I always gravitated to the ocean when life threw curve balls. The sea was my bff...and the clouds were my protectors. I used to think of them as hugs when I would raise my toes to tickle them. I always would close my eyes and picture them wrapping me up and keeping me safe. ☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️
As I would lie on the beach I would listen to the crash of the waves...... It always felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders .....and now as an adult I continue to reflect in my practice and to my students that the sounds of a crashing wave can sometimes feel as if we are beginning to let go of any and all burdens we carry.
So as you begin your day which I love to call as " lifes new chapter", wake up and take things in that surround your morning/afternoon & night. Sip and savor the sunrises, sunsets, the hellos, the conversations and the smiles... These are all precious precious moments of time.
Practice your own pratyahara. Take in life through a whole new lens, you would be amazed at what you will capture when you tune in more....
Enjoy the journey........I know I am ...starting with tickling some clouds this morning-
Love & Light-
Yesterday I spent the day with my mom not only in celebration of Mothers Day but also to spend time with her. It was a wonderful day of talking, laughing and simply being silly. It became a moment of time that I froze in my mind as time simply flies by to fast and life really is about living and absorbing your moments. I share above a picture of my mom and I years ago at my favorite place growing up, York Beach Maine. I have many fond memories of growing up there in my youth. This moment captured has so many meanings to me and I treasure each and everyone.
Yesterday in class I focused with my students on taking in life as if you would a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Really tap into the moment and the senses, let it absorb like a sponge. Even if you heard that same story from a loved one over and over, treasure that as there will come a time that we won't hear those same stories and we will find that we will once again be yearning for them. I shared in class my freeze frame moment with my YiaYia's (grandmother). She had an amazing love for pastry specifically the "bismark". I always brought over goodies for her when I was at the house. One particular day I brought over 5 Bismarks for her to enjoy . I went into another room to work on some things in the house for her and when I returned....(drum roll pls)... all 5 Bismarks were gone!!! Yup! her answer.... the cream would go bad and she couldn't waste them!! lol!!! To this day I still giggle at that story. As I stood in the bakery yesterday before teaching, low and behold, they had bismarks. That story came to mind, I giggled in line and along with buying my bread guess what... I bought a Bismark. ;) So remember as you celebrate not only Mother's Day but life daily, to take in your moments with everyone you encounter in your life as they really are special and unforgettable.
- May your day be happy, loving and sparkly-