The wheel of life has been turning very fast but this is a moment to ‘stand-still; Solsisterr.’ We are at one of the great magical crossroads of the year, the stand-still Summer Solstice, a time when the veil between worlds is very thin, and magic is mostly possible. Our ancestors believed this to be true. Why change a good thing now, when we need it more than ever? This longest day also celebrates a Gemini/Sagittarius Full Moon, at the critical 29 degrees. It also repeats the previous Full Moon themes and energies, which is fairly unusual. But all of this simply puts the screws to expanding awareness around: beliefs, thinking, judgments, points of view, dogma, and communication. As I wrote in “Zen Moon” of May, “There is greater incentive to move beyond small thinking, and outdated material. “
Along with these potent energies with an overflow of urgency, signaling beginnings-Solstice and completion-Full Moon, we have the demands and deadlines inherent in a Grand Cross. It is easier to perceive difficult choices faced by others, such as BREXIT in the UK, or Turkey and Greece with the refugees, along with the Republicans and Trump. But we are all dealing with emotional choices and pressures to create balance and equanimity. Finding the best path out of many conflicting possibilities is some of our important work now. Do you have a new priority? Is it more in line with your heart and spirit?
Under a Solstice sky, we look at opportunities and tasks for next three months. With the inherently emotional saturation of the Full Moon, and frustrations configured in the Grand Cross, operating instructions are, “remain flexible.” Perhaps finding the middle ground between Neptune and Saturn’s square which says,’ we have responsibilities to take on the nitty-gritty work, AND we must create visions beyond physical reality, dedicating spirit and heart to a higher road.’ (Existential Journey-dailybreathjournal.com)
Practice This Week: Challenge yourself. Go upside down. Breathe deeply and consciously. Follow the instructions for last week and meditate. Find the intersection between safe and wild. A student told me this was the gift they got from doing Shakti Yoga Dances. I think it’s absolutely true, and that the ‘dance’ between safe and wild is what we are all struggling with in some form. Perhaps if we dance it on the mat, it becomes easier in life?
SCHEDULING: TONIGHT– subbing for Jen H. Monday -20,th at 5:15 and 7:00 PM Yoga Nidra. It’s a beautiful night to celebrate the Full Moon & the Solstice, especially within a Nidra Journey. The veil is very thin between worlds at Solstice & Equinox corners, a perfect time to call your magic up as you surrender into the earth.
Wednesday 6/22~ 5:15 & 7:00 PM Laughing Dog Yoga.
Saturday, 6/25~ 8:30 AM ~Blue Lotus Yoga, 945 Great Plains Ave, Needham. We shall honor our mutable crossroads, and difficult decisions by letting go in asanas of profound breath, in dance, and song! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=139636
Want to be translucent, grow transcendent? Attend: SHAKTI-SUMMER TRAINING ~ July 22-24/ shaktidances.com Plan on a transformational weekend in the joy of Yoga & Dance. Three days of profound inner and outer regenerative work, held at Blue Lotus Yoga, Needham. MA. Come! Dance the mat. Challenge yourself, share your gifts, invite a friend to learn and laugh with you. Email email@example.com Register with Blue Lotus Yoga: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=139636 Instagram photos ~ shaktiyogadances