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Monday, October 24, 2011

On community and giving

I have been quite absent from my blogging life lately.
Things are just a little bit busy at the moment.

I have not been visiting any of the lovely blogs that I follow and I apologise if I have not responded to any of your beautiful comments in this space.

I will return soon.

For now, I just wanted to share something that inspired me at our school fair yesterday.


We stepped into the art exhibition yesterday.

The work done by the Montessori children was beautiful.

  We had a look at the work done by the preps (5 and 6 year olds) in Annie's school.

The work is entitled "Our friends".

What struck me, other than the beautiful artwork that was created was how many of the preps drew Annie in their pictures.


Annie drew herself.


And so many other friends drew her too.
I was really touched by how many little people, my little person has impacted.


She is so kind, loving and giving.


And all her friends chose to draw her.


It made me think about community.
Giving back.
How when we give of ourselves, we get so much in return.

Annie gives so much of herself.
And in turn, she is so loved.

I bought someone some cheese the other day. She is new in the country and is missing the food from home. She has yet to find some cheese that she likes to eat. I know of a cheese that we love and that I thought she would love. So I bought it for her. No big deal. Sohail took it to her at his office.

She was so grateful that she bought him a book to say thank you. A book that has inspired her.

Some cheese.
Given from the heart.

In return,
an inspirational book that will touch the heart.

When you give, you get so much in return.

My little Annie gives so much.
And she is not even aware of the impact she makes on people.
Because she just gives.
With no expectation for anything.

What an angel.

Give something to someone today. Your time. Your effort. A piece of chocolate. A phone call. A hug. Send some light.

It will come back to you a hundred times over.

Give from your heart.

Blessings to you.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Moon time

Today we are being joined by one of my favourite bloggers, Monica. from Bohemian Twilight and Holistic Mama.

Monica is a wealth of knowledge on all things in the sky and is so tuned in to herself. She epitomises authentic femininity, I have a lot of admiration for her.

I asked her to write something on the cycles of the moon and how it affects our own cycles as women.

She has written some beautiful words for us. 



Women have a direct access to creation, to the very pulse of Nature, by the processes of our bodies.


The moon takes about 28 days to complete her cycle.
So does the average woman.


Perfection.


The moon knows to grow, to be fully visible, to quieten down, to hide, and to be reborn.
In contrast, we have denied this cycle and force ourselves to be 'on', all the time. To give all the time. To achieve and complete and do and shine always.


Just following the moon's ways, the ways of our bodies, we find inner calm, and expansion.


When the moon disappears from our view, known as the dark or new moon, it is akin to our bleeding time. 
It's a time for inward going, introspection, quiet, reflection, solitude, slowing right down, taking stock, recharging, relaxation, sleep, deep awareness.


Once upon a time, women gathered together, away from the men, away from their usual chores, to do just that.
Nowadays, we make our menses as convenient and unobtrusive as possible. We may even halt it completely. So that we can continue to party, go to work, do our chores, tend to the children, go to the beach...


We no longer live in the supportive female-orientated communities of some cultures. In our societies, it's no longer possible to shut down completely and push the world away. But following the moon's ways is about inner intention first.
Any action, or intentional non-action, that supports it, all adds power to our connection.



Some things I include:
Turn off the computer, TV, don't initiate text messages.
Stay home.
Nurture my body - foot massage, yoga session...
Nap.
Day-dream.
Go to bed early.
Speak intentionally (less chatter for chatters sake).
I also consider the specific energy (astrological) of the current moon.


When I used to work, I would speak as little as possible. Obviously speak to co-workers and customers, but not engage in idle chit-chat. A simple, 'I'm in a quiet mood today', and a smile is enough.
This is something that is more difficult for Extroverts to achieve, but it's possible. Go about your day as if in a comforting, cosy, safe, bubble. I have managed the sense of inwardness even in crowds and at parties.


A woman that follows this rhythm will discover new areas of herself, as well as new possibilites towards others and towards the world. She will discover new levels of equilibrium. 
It is a journey. We don't find all the answers, we don't stop getting angry or feeling hurt, we don't stop making mistakes. 


But we find an anchor.

What great insights.

Thank you, Mon.

I have been living this way for a while and it is really transforming my world. If we just listen to our bodies, rest when they say rest, do when they say do, we find the balance in our lives.

If you have any more insights in this area, please share in the comments section, we can all learn from each other.

Blessings to you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yoga weekend and some news


Well, I was so excited for my yoga weekend in my last post.
And for good reason.
It was truly amazing.
Life changing, in fact.


We had talks by some of the most senior Dru teachers from the UK, The Netherlands and Australia.

We learnt some new moves.
Meditated.
Relaxed.
Chanted.

Soaked up the energy of 200 plus yogis from all over Australia.

I made some new friends.


I ended it all with a private mentoring session with Chandra Goswami.

She took me through all my koshas.

She helped me to resolve all my niggling little issues that have been hanging around.
And she helped me bring it all together at the end with the realisation that it is time for me to train as a yoga teacher.

So, I will be returning to Albury in March 2012 to commence my teacher training.

It is all so crystal clear.
It all feels so right.

It has taken me a few days to come down from the high of such an event.

I am so inspired to live my life.
To the fullest.

I can't even articulate how inspiring it has all been.

How grateful I am for my life.
For my family who made the pilgrimage with me.



I can just tell you that I am changed.

Forever.

The power of yoga to transform people is unbelievable.
I feel so blessed to have found it and to have it in my life.

I feel that I have come home.

"I felt in need of a great pilgrimage
so I sat still for three
days

and God
came to me."

-Kabir

Blessings to you.
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