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

MACROCOSM/MICROCOSM   July 9-17

THEMES

  • The gift of an Eclipse is the unmasking, or release of intensity that brings a breaking point. The Macrocosm is often revealed through energetic release of earthquakes, fires, floods, or violent storms, all of which unleash change.

 

  • You may want angel wings to master microcosmic Eclipse events, as they often erupt from deep emotion, revealing unseen or unknown aspects of self that we prefer remain unconscious. This personal ‘unmasking’ offers needed information moving us to the next level. Outmoded emotional patterns, ready to die, erupt. It’s disconcerting.  It’s a gift.

 

  • Mercury, now Retrograde until July 31, offers three weeks of review, and re-consideration of what we’re learning. Hopefully it’s an opportunity to open new eyes to the unmasking. Be observant, not judgmental. Don’t multi-task. Be willing to be awakened.

 

  • With all we have going on in the heavens, you are sure to be feeling extra sensitive. Take time to nurture and heal. Give your body extra rest, water, and time in nature. It’s imperative. Chiron, the ‘wounded healer’ has just turned Retrograde as well, making its healing/wounding energies urgent.

 

  • This is the time to prepare for further unmasking and revelation for upcoming Lunar Eclipse on the 16th. This one is a Full Moon-WHAM as it aligns with the powerful Pluto/Saturn duo at the Eclipse point. More on this next week.

THE STORY

IF you are fortunate enough to get slapped around by the Eclipses and become ‘WOKE’ to a part of you that has been asleep, then brava! And lucky YOU!! With Mercury AND Chiron ‘in reverse and extra potent, we have an opportune moment to ‘look homeward angel.’ Step back, allow a break down, or break out. It can be a time of high adventure, IF you are willing to not go to judgment, and IF you are willing to see how you have unconsciously worked and rubbed old childhood wounds that keep you a prisoner. Pay attention to odd moments, strange symbols, casual, overheard conversation. Mercury Retrograde, with its communication glitches, confusion and breakdowns is not always easy, but the planetary firmament is in alignment to support taking the next big step, especially a large heart-step!

Not only are Eclipses, along with Mercury and Chiron Retrograde, opening portals to the past, but as I have written, Saturn and Pluto, aligned with the South Node, encourage review and re-do . It’s a chance to see that some old guidelines are no longer relevant. Often there is unfinished business asking for closure. To put the cherry on top of this Astrological compilation, Venus is involved. As guide and goddess of relationship, self worth, and love, need I tell you that issues of partnering and payment are up front and oh so sensitive! This is to say that if you are not swimming in some murky sea of your childhood, you have an extraordinary family heritage. Not everyone is in the testing and crises zone, but many are, and they could use extra TLC. Pay attention, and listen with your heart. You don’t have to fix others, in fact, they rather you wouldn’t. They simply want to be heard.

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Dear kind Cancer, with the Saturn/Pluto/South Node power-brokers opposing your Sun sign, 2019 has been rocky…revealing but rocky. The extremes are here to take you to the next level. I wish you could say, “Beam me up Scotty,” and all would be well. But this birthday’s instruction booklet is about ‘funding a deeper sense of balance and well-being, grown from new roots. Not an easy task. Your old family system has changed, which for a Cancer is very difficult. As you gain a greater foothold in the new life, the light expands. This birthday may offer a complete re-birth, a freeing opportunity to be who you have always wished to be, but were fearful of becoming. Have at it! Be all you can be! Celebrate the tears and the loss that free you.

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK: Move onto your mat as a warrior. Take no prisoners, least of all yourself. Fess up to your fears. Move past them. Create balance between non-doing and over-doing. Keep returning to center to re-evaluate and congratulate before you take on the next difficult pose. Listen to the over-drive of goals, and ego desire, then soften and balance with gentle breath-work, and a long, lovely savasana.

 

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JULY 12, Fri. 10:30-11:30 AM, Martha Graham Technique. Floor work with contraction and release as principle focus

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