Lions In The Heat of Summer

In days of darkness, somewhere there is light. When we have lost faith, somehow, reason to hope appears. When we are most cruel, sometimes kindness prevails.

A brief news bulletin from the provincial town, Beta Genet, 350 miles outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tells of a twelve year old girl, missing for a week, who’d been taken and beaten by seven men, one of whom wanted to marry her against her wishes. Three lions came and frightened away her attackers, then stood guard over her throughout the afternoon until police and family found her.

“They stood guard until we found her,” said Sergeant Wondimu Wedajo, “And then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.”

A gift indeed. A redolent reminder that there are more things in heaven and hell than we shall ever know. When Angels choose to move through us, ‘us’ doesn’t have to mean human. The connection between human and animal is far greater than we acknowledge. Mankind can be so much worse than we wish to know. Redemption can be greater and stranger than before envisioned.

Like storytellers of old, sharing this story makes it more alive in me. It calls to what is profound, mysterious, and brave, as well as what is evil. In its re-telling I connect over and over to the magic, alive here on earth, never forgetting how close by darkness waits.

Be the lion!


Asana: Simhasana/Lion Pose, of course. You can sit with your R foot placed under left buttocks, place L foot under R buttock, or in Padmasana, or kneel. Stretching the back up, extend hands, placing them on the knees, opening fingers wide. Focus gaze at tip of nose, or within to the Third Eyes, in center of forehead. Open your mouth as wide as possible, extending the tongue out onto the chin. Inhale then force the air out strongly, roaring, Feel your power to step up and do the right thing

Health Notes: Leo, ruled by the sun, rules the heart. When we listen to the heart we always do the right thing. When that happens we are in alignment with our true self and blessings flow.

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.