Make Of Yourself A Light

To celebrate ‘Women’s Equality Day,’ as a woman I asked, “How equal am I in the work world? What keeps equality in the dark? Can I create ways to support greater equality for all? How do I do that? Already overwhelmed with the need, and the desire, I pause …….listen…. breath…..question: Do I do something, or do I be something, or is it the old song, “do be do be do”?

I found inspiration in a note Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, upon seeing Millet’s pastels. “Put off thy shoes from thy feet for this place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” He was referring to the light force Millet had painted into the Barbizon countryside. It made me consider someone’s enormous influence from simply being and doing what they are in their life. Others are then awake enough to respond. Millet’s paintings lit another painter, Odilon Redon, who wrote, “In him the poet was never absorbed by the painter…he had vision. He gave a moral life to clouds.”

Much as we would all love to ‘give a moral life to clouds,’ we do not have to be painters, poets, or saints to shed and share light. We have to be lit! Perhaps the great work within each is to light our candle, then hold it high. Yogi Bajhan said, “We are all candles, but not all of us are lit.”

What lights us up?

*Giving ourselves fully to what we do. *Feeding Grace. I am referring to an inner grace, grown from a joy in being; no should, no denial, no critique.   * Feel the illumination of gratitude.   *A willingness to be a conduit. Keep the channel open. We are not the instrument, rather the sound moving through.      * Silence ego. It is not our job to judge the validity of light.   *Feed light’s vitality! Don’t be shy about shining. As suggested, ‘dance like there’s no one watching.’   *Be responsible to the light not for the light.   *Taste the spiritual heart every day in each ‘ahaaaa moment.’   *Grow quiet courage to risk everything.

I once again hear poet Mary Oliver’s injunction, Make of yourself a light, from “The Buddha’s Last Instruction.” I take a quiet, light-filled stand with you today. Onward, dear friends, Road Warriors, and fellow light-bearers! Let us not be overwhelmed by the dark, only joyous that our power is great to see everyone as equals….a first step.

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Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

MIND POWERED BY HEART     Feb 4-12

 THEMES

·      The Aquarian New Moon offers opportunity to open to new POV’s, which synthesize insight with willing muscle to ignite imagination. Take advantage!

·      Listen to the strong impulse to re-align subtle body circuitry.  Bathe the over-stimulated nervous system in long, slow breath and warm baths.

·      The Aires master and commander impulse is a strong polarity to Capricorn’s methodology and security platform. Discover ways and means for these counterpoint energies to support one another.

·      February rituals include Imbolc, marking mid-winter, Candlemas, Groundhog Day on the 2nd. The Aquarian New Moon on the 4th. And Chinese New Year of the Earth-Pig on the 5th. .  Just in case you needed an excuse to celebrate.

THE STORY                                                                                                                                Because Mercury nestles into this New Moon, and manifests well in Aquarius, pay attention to thought process.  Are you caught in old vernaculars? Are you reaching out to others? Are your visions outside the box? As observer, do you see judgement influencing your perception?  Can you track the trajectory of ideas and thoughts creating your life?  Can you see how your version of reality shapes and affects others?

Aquarius is about peer-ship, chaotic destruction, the collective, the unique mind, the tribe, and futuristic ideals of a humanitarian community.  Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, is the higher octave of Mercury, expanding Mercury’s ideas into Aquarian transcultural ideals. To move us toward greater possibility, we are struggling with shadow issues of resentment, and reaction, rather than a listening response.  We are pushed toward darker expression by Mars squaring Pluto, and opposing Uranus. We always have choice.  Between Feb. 1-12, you can channel these potent energies into streams of strategic creativity.   Pay attention to what triggers you, take a deep breath, and stop before the finger pulls the trigger.

In Northern climes, February often feels like a month to survive, rather than thrive.  Find an excuse, see above, to celebrate what is germinating, perhaps waiting to ‘bloom’ at the Spring Equinox, in six weeks’ time.  The Chinese New Year of the Pig/Boar is a receptive, yin energy, nurturing stability and community.  It is the 12th and last sign of their zodiac, and as such holds a sense of completion, and realization.  Ask, what am I prepared to give up? What is ready to harvest? How might I share that harvest?

The truth is, we can make any day sacred. The only excuse needed is- intention.  We can fill any celebration with ritual and meaning, like each day taking a moment to be born anew.  It requires nothing more than a conscious awareness, a passion to be present.  At this pivotal time, be passionate about your ideas.  They are growing and connecting to others in unseen ways.  More important than ideas, is the heart behind them.  We live lives of desperate loneliness when the mind is not ruled by the heart.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK:   Some of you lucky Aquarians will resonate to the abundant expansion of Jupiter’s opportunistic support this year.  Others may find it too much, too pushy, too scary.  Re-think your fears.  Step out beyond the known, for his week’s Aquarians are invited to take a bigger leap of faith, and stretch beyond old structures.  As you open the pages of this year’s journal, listen to angelic whispers and write the story of a great new adventure!      ( Email- samcatcam@gmail.com to discover details of your upcoming saga.)

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Flowing out from under the New Moon, we move with a quiet determination that at the beginnings of the week, easily connects to spirit and imagination. At the end of the week, serious muscle shows up to push us around if we’re not attentive.  Either way, when we can synthesize the enthusiasm and quirky ideas of the Aquarian New Moon, life blooms with amazing resonance!  Spirit needs will to be put to action. Creativity needs persistence to grow.  We have the both/and conundrums again this week, making the mat a perfect petri dish for ‘practicing’ our use of deeper realms within.

FEBRUARY-MARCH EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 NB  This week’s classes are my last until March 4, as I will be workshops across Spain on the Emotional Intelligence embodied in Shakti Yoga Dances.  shaktidances.com  Who knows who I will be upon returning.  It’s an inspiring week, and I am filled with fires of enthusiasm.  Come burn with me!

 

FEB. 6, Wed.  5:15 & 7 pm classes at Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.  Flowing out from under the New Moon, we move with a quiet determination that connects to spirit and imagination.  If we can synthesize the enthusiasm and quirky ideas of the Aquarian New Moon, life blooms with amazing resonance!

(Beginning 2/13, to 2/20, and 27th, classes will be subbed by the lovely Cory Halaby at 5:15,  and Elgar Pichler with his depth charge at 7 PM.)

 FEB, 3, Thurs.  8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.  We howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable!

FEB. 8, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Graham Technique. samcatcam@gmail.com

FEB. 9, Sat., 8:30 & 10 am The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.  Saturday’s Aires Moon say’s “time to lead!”  We take what we’ve learned and courageously decide! Poses will blend counterpoint energies to support a new sense of will and power.  We synthesize enthusiasm and unique ideas off the Aquarian New Moon so that life blooms with amazing resonance!  samcatcam@gmail.com  

(Elgar Pichler will be teaching a wonderful 9 AM class 2/16, 23, and 3/2)

FEB. 10,  Sun., 4-5:15 pm, Sunday Serenade is a Restorative, stretchy, meditative time-out, offering lush self-care, and space to grow Emotional Intelligence.

MARCH 10,  Sun.  4-6 pm ‘Sunday Salon’    Allan Cameron leads those interested in journeys of discovery and questioning.  Free to those who listen well , and offer heart-felt wisdom. 1 Edson rd, Natick, MA

Astrological Consultations:   Planetary wisdom offers a  timely look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view.  As you begin fall’s journey asking, “How do I wish to use my inherent genius?  How can I move more deeply into my healing? How do I plan an abundant future?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com