Memorial DNA   May 30

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 as it is love, and loss of it that forges memory. We remember the dead because they have seeped into veins. We have stepped on their backs. We carry their passion, as well as spirits forward. This interconnectedness grows the 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. When we honor them, we prevail in growing stronger, compassionate, more willing to reach out to connect. Let us not allow their precious life to have been given in vain.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Après Le Wow~What? Dec. 4-12

 

It’s hard not to think we shall have continued fallout from this last weekend’s Wow-energies. (This included a Super Full Moon-where the Moon is perigee, closest to earth, a Mercury Station Retrograde, at the GC, in bed with Saturn, along with Uranus trine Saturn/Mercury, AND the ‘combat T Square’ of Sun and Moon to Neptune, with Neptune trine Jupiter, the co-ruler of Pisces.) You don’t have to understand what lies between the parens, what you must realize is that electromagnetic fields, gravitational fields, and tectonic plates shift under these forces, never mind neurological and biochemical bodies.

All the above was not a weekend’s flamboyant connections, but part of the influence during the three weeks of Mercury’s Retrograde journey, as well the closing two weeks before the New Moon, on the 18th. This in turn, gives fall its death knell at the Winter Solstice on the 21st. Ergo, what was illuminated under the incandescent, evolutionary Full Moon remains important. What do you believe? ( Mercury and Neptune)Is it just? (Mercury conjunct Saturn) What do you know to be true? Where are your convictions? (Saturn) Have you re-considered your POV? Have you moved outside old paradigms? (Uranus) What is killing your growth? Are you willing to expand your horizons, re-define your boundaries? Are you including the intuitive, the compassionate, and the bold? (Jupiter trine Neptune)

Answer some, if not all the questions. Our country stands at an abyss. We are part of the tipping point. Make a priority of taking time out during Mercury’s Retrograde. (That’s what a ‘retrograde’ is all about; time to re-define life, to go within and question the validity of how and where we’re headed.) Submerge into a sea of unified, non-personal oneness, where we care for one another, because they are us. From that mysterious One-Space, Turn your attention to what matters most: connection, compassion, laughter, nurturing, trust, creativity, acceptance, healing. And did I say, “love?”

This Week’s Birthdays: As noted last week, Saturn has been deepening and re-structuring some of you Sagittarian ebullience the past two years, but it’s getting ready to leave you, and move into its home territory of Capricorn. This will make the world a far more serious place, but your spirits begin to lift, especially if you have undertaken Saturn’s requirements of structuring growth for greater achievement. (For further information, read last week’s notes: http://dailybreathjournal.com/Astrology

Astrological consultation:   Preparing for a new POV? Seeking a timely beginning? Now is a perfect moment to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. Consultations ask: How do you wish to use your inherent genius, and compassionate awareness? How to understand and surrender to the healing in front of you. Tools are offered to see where your future beckons and how to best arrive there. Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

On the Mat This Week: Continue standing on your head, or hang off the bed for a different POV. This is the true power of a Practice. Use quiet time on the mat to prepare. Listen for the guidance that comes when the body opens, the breath expands, the mind is at rest. Choose three poses to lead you onward, ie practice twists, and arm strength to move into Parsva Bekasana, or stay and lift higher into your Bekasana. Feel the body freeing itself from old shackles of “I can’t.” Even if you can’t now, make it a five year plan. http://dailybreathjournal.com/yoga/poses/

SCHEDULE

Wed. Dec. 6th, 9 AM-1:30 pm Advanced Yoga Training! Learn to deepen and personalize your Yoga experience. Expand connections of body, mind, emotion to uncover inner layers. On Dec. 6th, we continue with the structure of standing poses, twists, and the deconstruction of Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutation. From feet through knees to hips, we explore and discussing injury prevention, alignment, breathe, bandhas and teaching scripts. See your Practice with new eyes.

Advanced students interested in creating deeper life-Practices are welcome. RSVP samcatcam@gmail.com

Wed. Dec. 6 : Wed. Classes at 5:15 and 7:00 PM at Laughing Dog Yoga

Thurs. Dec 7, 8:30 am: Pilates Mat. The Studio at 1 Edson rd., Natick

Sat. Dec 9th: 8:30 and 10 AM classes. RSVP your space. The Studio at 1 Edson rd.