Strong Roots for Rising Strong...
This past Saturday (New Moon) we had the honour of joining with a group of women to practice yoga, journal, set some intentions, and meditate. So many of our favourite things wrapped up in one afternoon! These are practices we engage in to grow deep roots so that we can show up powerfully in life. Without apology. Bravely. Together we are stronger...
Like the roots of this beautiful tree standing so strong in community with all of the other trees surrounding her...
We began our day by opening our Ritual Tool Boxes together. Inside was everything needed to up-level everyday moments to the sacred. This is the work we are about. Daily. Waking up to the everyday, ordinary moments that add up to a life. How we choose to live it is up to each individual. We can hurtle through it, rushing from one task or accomplishment to the next, barely catching a breath. Or we can find people, community, who encourage us to seek and understand what it means to live life deliberately. Awake and aware. When we are grounded and rooted this way, then we can rise to meet our lives in a meaningful way.
We spent the afternoon gaining clarity on what is currently the greatest obstacle to living life deliberately. We created a road map to begin to loosen, uproot & remove the obstacle. We committed to daily practices for the following 28 days to support living a beautiful life, no matter what is going on around us. Together we are moving the dial forward on "re-membering" who we really are and how we want to live by intentional receptivity. When we do this work in a community with others, there is alchemy. Things are accelerated. A powerful way is made for clear seeing and transformation. There is accountability and encouragement. It all adds up to hearing our own hearts through the din of distractions, demands, and doubts.
I shared with the group that this past September I enrolled in an End of Life Doula Program at Douglas College. This course equips people to companion with those who are approaching the end of their lives. As part of the curriculum, we were challenged to use our own mortality as a lens to examine our to-do lists and how we currently spend our days. We were asked to consider if this was our last year to live and we knew that, what would stay on the to-do list and what would instantly dissolve... Which tasks would make their way to the top of the list that hadn't even been on the list before? It can sound morbid and unpleasant to view our own lives through this lens. Perhaps it is some of that. And it is also a powerfully potent way to deeply consider how we spend this non-renewable resource of time. Deliberately aligning our daily doings with values first is how we regret-proof our lives. In order to know what the essential "doings" are, we must slow down and be. This "being" ushers in deep clarity... I gently challenge you today to consider if this were your last year to live, what would you be doing today? And then, go do that. Repeat daily. We have the power to choose.
"And every day the world will grab you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this! And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say, "NO THIS IS WHAT'S IMPORTANT."
There are many practices that make a way for hearing our hearts possible. One of the most powerful practices we have found for this kind of soul-listening is yoga and meditation. The body is a vast well of untapped wisdom. Yoga makes this wisdom accessible. When we practice yoga prior to meditating, we are honouring the ancient roots of yoga. The postures were historically meant to prepare the body for the stillness required during meditation.
We invite you to join us tonight and every Tuesday for a very gentle yoga practice (no experience necessary) followed by a Yoga Nidra guided meditation. You will be so ready for a deep and restful sleep following this practice. Join us! We begin at 6:30 pm and end by 7:30 pm. This is our gift to you!
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