Legitimate Thanks

Often when the ego is diminished, we feel an ‘insufficiency of gratitude,’ sometimes heard of as ‘the mean reds.’ We feel in those times that there is little call for thanks, or giving. We don’t have enough Self to be expansive, generous, or grateful, having forgetten it’s just the ego, not all of Self. The problem lies in it feeling like all. It is in fact only the ‘little Self’ with the over-sized voice. (heard as whiney & over rated)

“Why me?” “Why not me?” “How could they?” It should’a been me!” “ Me Me Me, ohhh ghrrrr, waaaghhhhh.”

Loud, voracious, demanding and hungry for attention, it is a raunchy-red-voice that if it is grateful at all, it’s only for one moment before hunger strikes again, needing more strokes, more awards, more acknowledgement.

What about a legitimate me? What about a timeless, open-hearted, Soul-Self that sits quietly in the dark behind ‘Big Red?’ Despite nay saying to the contrary, that dark-quiet Self is a complete compadre, a True self with whom we do, and we become extra-ordinary. It can be heroic, but most often it operates un-seen, and un-known, listening, nurturing, observing, saving.

It understands all too well our needy-greedy cries, smiling at the Me Me Me-ness. When we turn toward this other entity, this silent, healing, surrendering Self, and move into its well of peace, we are home. We can even be ‘home’ for crazy making holidays, rooted in power that does not rise to the bait of old hot spots, and wound-poking. This lovely, legitimate Self is never diminished by failure, gluttony, or pettiness. And when we remember the shining abundance of this legitimacy, sitting at the head of our table, let us indeed offer up Grace for ‘all things bright and beautiful.’

Asana: Choose the Asanas you give yourself to unconditionally, without judgment or fear, those lovely poses where you are most naturally your free, generous and beautiful self; your legitimate Self.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

THE TOWER OF BABBLE June 11-18

THEMES                                     

  • Expand intuition.  Inner voices are more easily heard in silence.
  • Ruminate well and wisely.  What we think matters most.
  • Words can wound.  Grow awareness and take greater responsibility when communicating.  Twitter be damned!
  • Move on beyond old lumps and bumps.

 THE STORY
This week is dominated by Wednesday’s New Moon in Gemini.  This is not the purely mental Gemini, rather one encompassing emotional intelligence.  I have been touching on this theme off and on all spring, and this New Moon is an Astrological birth marker for that profound connection between heart and mind.  Mercury, ruler of Sun and Moon in Gemini, and facile god of thinking, communicating, and inquiry, is in Cancer, sign of the emotional Moon. This offers opportunity to listen with empathy, and speak from open-hearted-spaces.  The downside is we are extra spongy and sensitive, making it all too easy to take things personally….a Cancerian downfall.

Mercury faces off with old man Saturn, whose demanding demeanor promotes taking more responsibility, and doing the hard work.  His authoritarian ways will not allow the easy way out:  Walk your talk.  Listen to your sorrow.  Heal old wounds caused by careless words. Be thorough and patient.  Alongside his tough pull, Venus pushes at the critical 29 degrees of Cancer.  Channel emotional heart-knowledge, especially from the reservoir of understanding past experience.  Listen with care to the feeling, or energy, of words.  Energy always offers greater meaning than the words themselves.  This quiet intuitive ‘ahaaa’ takes us further, faster.

Cancer is the signature of family, home, mom.  Gemini is the signature of siblings as well as communication.  Saturn is the signature for Pater Familias.  Much of the energetic entwining at this New Moon is about healing old family issues.  It offers an opportunity to take responsibility for our role in riffs.  It’s dark birth takes us inward to shift past points of view, inviting new movement out of stuck childhood emotion, and judgment, toward greater perception.

Assisting the shift is a Mercury ‘Out of Bounds.’  This is an Astrological term describing a planet whenever it travels beyond its normal range of declination.  It speaks of an energy that is not confined, and therefor available to move beyond conventional boundaries, and old ways of thinking.  Mercury also sextiles Uranus, the higher octave of the mind, creating yet another opportunistic energetic to think outside the box.  Use this New Moon’s potential to mine the past in preparation of a future that expands your EI/Emotional Intelligence. EI is the signature of greater business success, never mind-LIFE. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS:   Dear Gemini of Geminis, plan to enlarge and synthesize your emotional and mental storehouses of knowledge.  You will find yourself looking back to have a better picture of how you can move forward.  If you can still your overactive mind into a still well of deep waters, your intuition will grow and respond more actively.  Holding these polarities will fortify your gifts, and offer you not only greater inner ability for self care, but wisdom to lead the world.  Have at it!  We need you now!!

Astrological Consultations:   It’s always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental ‘soul point of view.’ This is especially helpful when 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

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Normally, New Moons are a time for quiet, introspective practices of a Yin and Restorative nature.  This serves us all.  But energetic strong push-pulls urge us beyond gentle comfort zones. Tune into your body and its needs.  Begin habits that nurture and create a strong inner home base.  Think about, then move to your mat with five poses you love, feeling quiet release while you build muscle.  GOING UPSIDE DOWN WITH A FRIEND IS A PERFECT GEMINI EXPRESSION OF THIS NEW MOON! Changes point of view.  Creates back to back support. No talking necessary.  Listen to breath and sudden giggles, this honors all manner of sensory needs!

EVENTS & SCHEDULING

Wed. June 14,5:15pm –All levels, & 7 pm- level II/III,  Laughing Dog, Wellesley, MA

Friday, June 16, 9am-1:30 pm- Advanced Techniques,The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar explores the anatomy and alignment of arm balances, with bandhas and breath.  Sutras, with their philosophical, ethical connotations are synthesized into the physical.   It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Sat. June 17, 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- all levels. RSVP Email  samcatcam@gmail.com