An Intimate Living

‘Intimate’ from the Latin, intimare/intimus, meaning ‘inmost,’ to make known, is a word we usually associate to mean closely acquainted with someone. All well and good, but we can also be intimate, or not, to our life, our breath, our time, our death. This requires a good deal of work. Turning inward to sit still and be intimate with any aspect, any person, requires not only conscious attention, but still-listening to exactly ‘what is.’

Intimacy is becoming harder to come by. Instead of having an intimate relationship with time, we feel we are abused by it, cowed and overwhelmed by our lack of it. Would that feeling change if we were to sit in intimate conversation, face to face with time? Try it. Ask what it means to you to become intimate with your time.

Do you have intimate friends? Why not? What are you unwilling to give to make that possible? Do you have an intimate relationship with Self? Do you sit in stillness, honoring your relationships, willing to hold every contrary piece of your nature in close proximity, and allow exposure? Being intimate doesn’t mean having to like all of what is exposed, connected with, or related to. Being intimate simply means we are willing to turn inward with that person, that issue, or idea. We are willing to be known to them so that we can open to one another without barriers, or subterfuge.

I suspect that this new year is going to ask more intimacy of us, ask us to be more present to a life that is flying by, more aware to what is dying, more compassionate to those not willing to be intimate with their lives.


Asana: Ardha Matsydrasana/Fish Pose: Lie on your back, in stillness, willing to open the heart to self, to the Universe. Lift the chest high until you rest only on the crown of the head and sitts bones, extend the legs & feet strongly, bring the hands to Namaste over the heart, or extend them overhead, parallel to the floor. Breathe in all of life, lie in intimate surrender to your breath, the Asana, the floor, your heartbeat.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

A BRILLIANT, CONFUSED, INTUITIVE MIND, March 25-April 1

 

THEME: BRAIN ON FIRE SEES THROUGH THE EYE OF THE HEART

THE STORY:   Last week, I asked ‘what sort of a cell tower were you constructing to receive and emit incoming and outgoing messaging.’ This week, the nerve-fretwork is fired up with synchronistic brain synapsing. You might be shocked and let down by incoming news, but you will also find brilliant new ideas offered through surprising anomalies. Indeed, “whaaaat the fook-moments” from intuitive-ahaaaa’s open new doors. Nerve endings need to be soothed and creamed. Pamper yourself with the silence that comes from time off the grid: Less phone, TV, and computer.

On March 28, the befuddled world is close to finishing up the three weeks of a very confused Mercury Retrograde. I hope you have gained in spiritual connection, sympathy, and creativity, all promoted in Pisces, especially with Neptune as leader. If you have been dealing with details, a business plan, and tight scheduling, you deserve sympathy. On Thursday, with Mercury’s standstill station, the ‘Sky-Jokster flips us a last great bird with a semi-square to Uranus. This connection creates angst-energy between higher mind/Uranus, and lower mind/Mercury. Because of their travelling speeds and Mercury’s standstill, they repeat the contact again Friday., offering double blasts of disruption and uncertainty.

Unfortunately, this chaotic influence is not confined to just Thurs. and Fri.. We are in it as I write, and it lingers through beginning of April. My advice, to myself, is to have back up plans. Flexibility on every level is growing more and more necessary. Because sleep may be an issue, plan to take more time before closing-down the day: disconnect earlier, more time in Shoulder Stand, the queen of sleep-pose. You want supportive information? Make time to be still and listen. Along with the angst, are gifts of insight and high-level-download. This is a good time to ask, then stay alert for expansive consciousness to inform. Information may arrive in weird, unexpected ways. Be open to the mystery and the magic of your life!

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: As an Aires, you enjoy speed and daring-do, and your courage leads the way for so many of us, but this year you may slow down to choose a different path. It will likely involve something from your past. Because your vision is expanded, and very creative, you have muscle to master a new art form, woven of past and present. This ‘art form’ also involves you, your solar radiance and worldly identity. which is moving toward greater healing. There is a new foundation ready for pouring. As stated above, it’s very important for your soul muse to take time out to re-set by writing, meditation, walks in the woods, listening to music….In short, taste the luxe flavors woven into this insightful beginning.

YOUR PRACTICE: We continue the theme of bringing ritual front and center to the Practice. This connects inner body with outer, and higher brain to lower., masculine to feminine. All classes this week work with grounding the body, so that brains withstand the high magnetic charges, and bodies can put the excessive vroom of the electromagnetic field into practical action.

A key pose in working with the 6th chakra, this week’s inner focus, we re-define outwardly through Salamba Sarvangasana/Shoulder stand. For informative notes go to: yoga /yoga poses /inversions. Working with the 6th chakra, open to the Ajna, or Third Eye. Here we balance and re-direct with greater integrity and understanding. Its element is ‘mahat,’ or the great element in which all other elements are present in pure essence. Its seed sound/bija is “Aum,” the vibration connecting human to Universal Source. It is depicted as a two-petaled lotus, representing the polarization of the mind, and it’s meeting place. It is here we open our visualizations, intuition, and ‘self purpose.’

 MARCH EVENTS & SCHEDULING

 MARCH 27, Wed. 5:15 & 7 PM. We put asana muscle into calming our chaos, growing empathetic, and connecting to the muse through music & dance. Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.

 MARCH 28, Thurs. 8:30-9:30 AM Pilates Mat, We howl happiness at the end to be stretched, strengthened and formidable! The Studio, 1 Edson Rd., Natick.

MARCH 29, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Graham Technique. Learn how to really lift your bandhas, and put core strength into movement. There is nothing like an hour of Graham to re-set core, and lower back. samcatcam@gmail.com  The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

MARCH 30, Sat. 8:30 AM, and 10 AM. We create seeking strategic balance to counter act sudden changes. We move into the heart of sequenced asanas for synthesis and balance. Create inner grace, and outer power. The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick.

 MARCH 231, Sun. 4-5:15 pm, Sunday Serenade is a Restorative, stretchy, meditative time-out, offering lush self-care, and space to grow Emotional Intelligence.

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

UPCOMING: May 4-5

  • THE EYE OF THE HEART~Shaktidances Workshop.

           We shall dance as Rumi dictates.Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”

* New dances * *Emotional Intelligence woven from movement * Expanded teaching/life structures synthesized in movement.  *Weekend energies of a Taurus New Moon, Cinco de Mayo, and Ramadan underlie rich tapestry of shared learning * Cross-pollination of right & left brain, masculine & feminine, with subtle body layers. CEU credits. Email: samcatcam@gmail.com