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

DEPTH CHARGE   Oct. 15-22

 

THEMES

This a week for emotional deep diving. Expect passion to be hot, and manipulative. ‘Underworld themes’ bring shadow to the light. Give thanks for the challenges of a First Quarter lunar phase, AND Mercury with Venus, in personal Scorpionic pandering.

  • Understanding grows from working with the ongoing struggles of feminine and masculine within, and without. Who fights fair? How? When? Who caves in? Why? What are you learning from ‘the enemy’? Can you be brave and grow more vulnerable?
  • Effort and choice are First Quarter Moon issues. Dane Rudhyar named this phase, ‘a wheel of change.’ As the Moon gains in light, we see greater possibilities which often collide with what we’ve experienced. This is expressed as a square of tension between Sun and Moon; ego and emotion, masculine and feminine. Squares make us squirm as we wring out old junk.

THE STORY

If you are feeling vulnerable, and who is not these days, then this is a week of attention and care for fragile confidence, of eluding adversaries with savoir faire, and of working intelligently with shadow issues. What is yours to heal, and what is not? Boundaries and polarities of balance are issues that need attention. Remember, just because it’s your truth, don’t mean it’s Aunt Sadie’s truth. If ever there was a week for listening to inner, disparate themes working against each other…hear them roar. Be a mindful-warrior on a path to greater love, with the power to express it.

The Venus/Mercury connection, brought together by the Moon, gives strong feeling tones to communication, particularly Monday and Tuesday. This adds fuel to the First Quarter call to ‘action Jackson’ when we often deal with circumstances outside our control, especially with alchemical Venus issues of forced-change through love. We are having relationship-conversations about many things, not just lovers. You may notice the passion of first meeting- now needing to find compromise. The partnering tension of a Retrograde Venus in Scorpio, in a Mars and Pluto ruled sign, creates ‘confrontational depth.’ That could be a password to moving forward. Pay attention to when you are over-sensitive to other’s comments. Can you change your mind about how you are provoked? Scorpio’s depth charge is not easy, but it offers regenerative opportunity to step outside old thought-forms.

Because there is a strong feeling overlay to the week, pay attention to outside influences such as music, computer-hours and technology, sports, the news, the desk and chair you spend too much time in, scents and light subtly affecting the body. What is working? What needs reduction, or removal? How can you ‘gracefully’ move into better self-care? What can fill the emptiness to replace stress, offering a healthy grace? Take small steps. Mercury is analytical and good at taking things apart. When holding hands with Venus, we are more able to create beautiful ideas, more compassionate, intuitive thinking, especially about relationships, and our patterns regarding ‘love-true luv.’

 

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 YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Oh you lovers of love and passion and sturm und drang. I hope you can make friends with drama, or at least keep the drama with worldly events, not your inner landscape. For that, dig deep. You have a wonderful opportunity to transform all manner of relationships, primarily with self, through spirit, mind and body. Listen to the song within, and as it sings, “even if the whole world has forgotten, the song remembers when.” It does, and so does your heart. Use those old memories in service to better move-on-moves, toward a more considered understanding of yourself, and desires. Keep your dreams alive from new motivations, engineered on what was best of the old.

 YOUR PRACTICE: It’s the relationship, stupid. That almighty one with Self. Bring that one to the mat all week. As you stand in Tadasana/Mountain Pose, pull up earth grounding, and its strength of simplicity. Exhale anxiety. Bring your hands into the Tse Mudra, closing thumb into palm and wrapping fingers over it. This mudra enhances intuition, charm, and magnetism while minimizing depression, sadness, and fears. What a subtle balancing act to do to help us hold center.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 OCT. 17 5:15 & 7 pm Wed. classes at Laughing Dog , Wellesley MA.

 Oct. 18, Thurs. morning 8:30-9:30 AM Mat Pilates,The studio at one Edson, RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

 Oct. 18, 9:30-1:30 pm, Advanced Techniques, The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar works with Pranayama, particularly in relationship with asanas using alignment & anatomy of shoulder girdle; Receive CEU hours, or deepen their practice. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

 Oct. 20, Saturday morning, 8:30 & 10 AM. 8:30 for those with Yang to burn, and 10 AM with Yin to sleep in. The studio at one Edson, Natick, MA. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Nov. 4th, 4-6 pm ‘The Sunday Salon’ – Following on the heels of the first fabulous Salon of Oct. ,Allan Cameron leads those interested in journeys of discovery and questioning. Free to those who listen well ,and offer heart-felt wisdom. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

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