Memorial DNA

War does not determine who is right ~ only who is left.”   Bertrand Russell

 Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War’s desire to honor and remember its dead. That heritage alone is enough to affect our DNA, as there was not an American family untouched by that destruction. Today, despite two ‘Great Wars’ and far too many in between, many people no longer have a direct link to a dead warrior. Yet the day remains one of memory, and of honor, for every fallen soldier is part of our DNA. Each one belonged to someone, who was related to another, who loved that one, whose child was raised without a father, whose mother lost every man in her home, and now she is part of the warrior’s lineage.   Whether we knew the fallen, or not, they have written a page in our heart-script by being connected to someone. We may only know their story. We might be distantly related, they may be a friend of a friend, but the life they led, and those they loved, are part of us.

 This relationship through time, and place, of remote DNA, and memory, was brought home during a 60 Minutes story of the last marine who had marched in the Death March of Bataaan, on the Philippine Island of Luzon, in WWII.   He is remarkably alive, and kicking at 98. As he told his story, I thought about how my life had been affected and changed by another who had been on that march. My mother’s brother, my handsome, winsome uncle Brooks, had died at 23 in prison camp, one of the few left alive of the 75.000 that began the march. Though I never knew him, my mother’s relationship as his younger, adoring sister, and her profound love, and loss, marked, and changed my life forever.

 Mundane and precious memories of spirit live within, leading us forward into deeper relationships as we seek to repair and re-connect to past and future selves. The legacy of loss is as important as that of survival. It is death that forges life. And it is love, or loss of it , that marks memory for all time, whether we are blood related, or not. We remember our dead because they are part of us. We step on their backs. We carry their passion, as well as their spirit forward. It is this interconnectedness that grows a transformative life.

 What do we owe our dead? Memory. What do they owe us? A hand-up in consciousness. If war is worth anything, it is the knowledge that it serves no one and solves nothing. Our war dead return to make us look back, reminding us to carry love forward. If we honor them at all, we will prevail to grow not just stronger, but compassionate, willing to reach out and connect, knowing it’s what they wish governments would have done before they haughtily bristled with hate and greed, then laid their precious life to waste.

 

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

The Twins Face Off! May 23-30

If you have not enjoyed all that has taken place in the past few weeks, stop for a moment in this Last Quarter Lunar phase to re-set, re-orient, and re-negotiate.  As we move ever darker toward the Gemini New Moon, Thursday 25, set aside quiet time to find the light you wish to be, the love you wish to grow. Despite the mutable, questioning energy of Gemini, this new lunar cycle is colored with passion as Venus squares Pluto, along with an ‘anxious Yod’, and challenging T Square. (Hear the arias of “Carmen.”  Visualize the Tango, and you begin to glimpse this potency.) They express Venus in her warrior mode in Aires. She takes few prisoners. Pluto, as Darth Vader, takes none.  When these two meet, we often decide who will be our bosom-buds, and who we will drop at the bus stop. We make moves beyond limiting beliefs, and emotions that have held us captive. We reconsider our value, and true authenticity.

After a spring of powerful Retrogrades, we seek forward motion, hoping to manifest changes we’ve re-landscaped, as well as materialize future plans . We would also love to see our politicians grow up so that we can breathe a great sigh of relief. Sadly, we shall endure ever greater power struggles, and scattered, unfinished business that holds us hostage….. if we let it. The divisive energies informing this New Moon offer ever greater opportunity to grow generous, emotional muscle.  to stand up for our beliefs, and share our fortitude with those who are not yet ready.  Reach out and keep loved ones close. Keep the faith for what is possible.

Your Practice This Week:  The duality inherent in Gemini opens pathways to incorporate polarities, to listen, see, and do both sides equally.  It’s a good week to not only plant New Moon seeds of intention deep within your Lotus Mudra, but to step back and question how and why you do asanas in certain ways.  Look at inner polarities deepening the poses. Seek ways and means that bring you greater balance.  We are going to need this inner and outer equanimity to create space for peace, despite the emotional unpredictability of the incoming cycle. Be even more generous of spirit, especially toward self. My classes will soften, stretch, listen, accept, sing and breathe soulful spirit into the body.

Your Birthday Week: You may discover dormant parts of yourself awakening to turn a new leaf.  With Venus prominent, you will be integrating greater self-worth, paying attention to where love calls, and where it does not.  If you are of strong heart, you will take up the warrior’s sword and cut away dead wood to lighten the load of the new life you sail upon. As you embark, carry less weight of regret and anger in order to develop new systems and structures that increase your flexibility, power, and compassion.

Astrological consultation:  It is a particularly good time to look at your life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view.  Consider a soul-centered consult with Samantha Cameron to discover how to better use your inherent genius, your compassionate awareness.  Understand your past, accept and love the present,  and plan an abundant future.         Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

SCHEDULE  All are Welcome!

May 22, Mon. 10:30 Pilates mat.  The Studio at One Edson, Natick.
May 24, Wed. 5:15 & 7:00 PM classes at Laughing Dog Wellesley. In the dark of the New Moon, we expand the body, creating resilience, flexibility, and peace.  We integrate feeling with thought, listening to what the body needs.  We accept where we are, not pushing to make it better.  Long slow asanas will give the body opportunity to open with pleasure and peace, informing the mind to do the same.May 27, Sat. 8:30 AM ~ Class at Blue Lotus Yoga in Needham.  It is a celebrational weekend, not only Memorial, the start to summer, but it’s the beginning of Ramadan.  The Practice will take the Yin notes from Wednesday’s New Moon rituals, and step them up a notch. We will continue listening and accepting where our Practice to balance the push and pull in the world.  We will sing and dance spirit to open summer’s beautiful gates, in pleasure and peace.