Dive Dive!

When we are not looking, sometimes remarkable moments enter by the side door. When we surrender to process rather than outcome, we sometimes get lucky when the outcome revels and reveals the magic of its process. When we commit to risking, and intimacy, and sharing, what gets created far surpasses the sum of its parts.

Last Saturday’s first photo shoot was memorable in creating those energies, giving birth to the Daily Breath Journal that many of you through the last four years have been part of. It is because of you, my friends, my students, that Daily Breath was originally, and now because of your generosity, it is taking the next step to go out into the world.

It is exciting to view hoped for product and see what was present in the moment of its creating, become present again through photographs. You see the chaos, the patience that allowed magical moments to bubble up, the intimacy, vulnerability and joy. In short, the best of Sangha/community.

I was reminded again that creative chaos is like any other Practice, in that a large part of it is trusting it to develop beyond…well, chaos. You do all the prep you can. You steep and dream in hoped for results, you cultivate and care for those who are part of the journey, and then you throw the entire moment to the Gods and dive willy-nilly into the chasm, the mud, the sea…it matters not the medium. It’s all in the willingness to dive, offering up what lies between you and those Gods. Terrifying.

Alive to that kind of fear keeps us moving. If we don’t Practice and terrify ourselves at least once a year, those muscles for creative courage atrophy, and the sharp edges where chaos and magic live, fade.

Asana: First, melt into a pose where you feel more than competent, even powerful. Next, take that energy and move it into a pose that challenges, even scares you. Tackle it with the same feelings you had in the first pose and see if your results are different. Acknowledge the apprehension but don’t let it hold the upper hand.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Microcosm/Macrocosm Feb. 20-27



                  Pisces fish tied at the tail, struggling in opposition: Faith VS Chaos.

Astrology is an ancient, sacred and symbolic language of planetary effects on the earth. It informs and supports a wider world-view of one’s place in the firmament. Its cycles remind us of ‘being on time,’ of knowing when to reap and when to sow, of coming to the table with the right attitude.  And yes, it supports us when it is time to relinquish and surrender.  The microcosm/macrocosm of ‘as above, so below,’ or ‘as within, so without’ are metaphysical principles of relationship.  If Astrology is about anything, it is about relationships. Its primary symbols remind us we are connected.  We are not alone.

Given that large, macro-opening, I bring it down to the week’s microcosm. We have walked through the two Eclipse doors of change. For some, there has been enormous upheaval.  For others, fluttering and shifts, that hopefully now propel you forward.  The Pisces planets offer a quiet, reconsidered-space, one calling spirit more than ego.  The Pisces energy, in an odd way, reflects the ‘eclipsed Mercury,’ of the 15th, when it stood beside Sun and Moon, highlighting not only communication and thinking, which was the theme of the Saros Cycle that birthed this Eclipse. Even without that, when Mercury snugs tight into the luminaries, it is drawn inward to transmit and receive information within self.  Lots is being communicated, and shuttled back and forth, but it may not be conscious. It may not make sense. It can go be between lower and higher mind, or between body and spirit, even witness mode and worldly ego. Choose your thoughts wisely and intentionally.  They are making imprints on your soul material.

It is a good week to expand awareness, vision, and thought process to find new solutions, or upgrade the old. Transformational possibilities are amplified.  As I wrote previously, the system is in go-mode, with all planets in forward motion until March 8 when first Jupiter, then Mercury, (March 23,) turn retrograde. Before rushing onward, check facts, take more time with communication.  The Pisces spirit can be lovely, but its reputation for confusion is enormous. We see and hear what we wish, not necessarily what is.  Do evaluate heart-plans and ideas.  Connect your microcosm to the macro as Friday we move to First Quarter Moon phase, which has the push and thrust to take us deeper. With flow of watery planets swimming within and without, it’s a good week to listen to the emotional body, not the intellect.  Hand over conflict, or uncomfortable events, to a restorative practice, a nap, a glass of red with a good friend.

This Week On The Mat:  I like what I wrote two weeks ago: “Listen to the magic of this time, and commit to your larger life, your essential being. Breathe life force into your dreams!”  It remains a good mantra.  We need beauty and nurturing from our Practice this week.  You may have trouble distinguishing right from left, but you will be moved by the music in classes.  You will be touched when someone reaches out.  You will feel connected to the hearts in your tribe, despite not knowing who they are.  Allow the empathy to open doors that have been closed.  The mat is a safety zone, giving permission to deepen into life move toward the passion in gentle, permissible ways, and feel the burn!

Your Birthday Week:  As a Pisces Fish, you love to swim in gentle, nurturing waters, where spirit and matter create beauty.  You may find this an inspirational year, if you listen to your body more than your brain.  Practical assessments may need assistance.  Objectivity will not be readily available.  You may wish professional help with finances or major decisions. Choose the person wisely.  Your talents to create beauty, be it musical, visual, or dance will call you to deepen and attend the practice of this beauty.  Be aware of sacrificing your work to save another.  Seek balance.

Wed. Feb. 21  5:15  & 7 pm Classes at Laughing Dog.  5:15 muliti level, 7:00 level II-III

Thurs. Feb 22, 8:15 am- Multi-level class at Laughing Dog.

Thurs, Feb 22, 10-11 am Pilates Mat. The Studio at One Edson, Natick.

Sat. Feb.24, classes at 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- all levels. RSVP your space.

March 14,  Advanced Techniques, 9 am-1:30 pm, The studio at One Edson in Natick. This seminar explores seated poses, with added layers of Pranayam and focus on the bandhas. Discussion and Practice of relationships in alignment & anatomy; Effective connective links between specific poses.  It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Astrological Consultations:   It’s  always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental point of view. Especially when the dust flies and the future looks unfamiliar.  If you are asking, “What is my genius, and how do I wish to use it?  How can I move deeply into my healing? When do I make moves for success?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com