Month: December 2019

Spirit Bathing

Look at that face!  How happy!  Look again! What joy!  

I loved seeing this little Being everyday while on a weekend holiday in Koh Lanta, Thailand, back in 2009.  I was volunteering in Trang, Thailand, during the week with little kids.  I was teaching preschoolers numbers and letters from the English language, and they would teach me their language and dances*!  Those children filled my heart and will be something I never forget. They taught me more than dance, they taught me unconditional love, they taught me how to investigate everything with curiosity, and they taught me connection.  
*See picture below of our trip to the local middle school when I was taught technique! I get serious with dance! I love it!

Anyway, this toothy, smiling face totally fits the intention from my classes this past week, and I hope you apply it to your life!  The intention came from an article I fell upon.  Here it is, click HERE!  In the article, it talks about something I had not heard of before, Spirit Bathing.  The author names it as a form of ‘Soul Care’.  In this age of the spread of importance on self-care, may we add this Soul Care to the regiment.  Don’t worry!  This is not going to take much to add, and actually, you might already be doing it everyday!

This Spirit Bathing can be done anytime, anywhere.  The author describes it as “the practice of daily re-connection to that deep gladness, a reassurance of the divine presence in the world.”  She, Patricia Adams Farmer, goes on to say, “Spirit Bathing invites the worried and beleaguered into the flowing waters of grace and reassurance. It cleanses and soothes and refreshes our souls with goodness that is still with us, joy that is still in us, and laughter that bubbles up against all efforts to stamp it out.” Maybe it happens when your child smiles at you, or when a stranger offers you a smile.  Perhaps it comes up when you notice the beauty of a full moon, the energy of a brilliantly colored sunset, the softness of a refreshing breeze against your cheek, or even in a book or piece of music.  It can be in our yoga classes, as we practice together, or the experience of awe when you feel your breath moving with your body. 

This is all to say, that when we allow our awareness to open and expand, whether within ourselves, or outside of ourselves, we can see/feel/smell/hear/taste and witness that Divine presence within everything, including ourselves! 

I’m wondering if this will help us thru hard times?  I think it can.

Right now, the holidays are upon us.  Some will be placed in difficult situations they don’t want to be in.  I imagine how this observance, the practicing of opening our awareness and witnessing the Divine in all things, could support those moments in life we would rather not be in?  

And, again, gratitude comes up.  Every time I practice gratitude I feel Spirit Bathed.  Whenever I think of how grateful I am for my breath, for this life, for its challenges, for its triumphs, for my children, for my husband, for the experiences I have had, I can feel the energy of the Universe…the presence of the Divine.  And, when this happens, I can typically continue on with life in a much better space within myself.  This benefits not only myself, but the world around me as well.

Spirit bathing, as Farmer explains, is highly individualized, and yet, has some universal forms.  “Forest bathing” is one example; take a walk in a forest, no electronics with you, not even a camera, and just walk, breathe, observe, and feel.  What might you do to create your own Spirit Bathing?  Walk along a lake, a beach, the desert, or anywhere in nature! What else?  When I Google ‘Spirit Bathing’, an entire list of how to make spirit baths comes up!  So, maybe you take an actual bath!  Add some salts, a candle, a book, or whatever, and soak in the divine!  Soak yourself with music and its vibration, chant if you like, or dance!  Point is, you can get creative when you open.

Stay open!  Receive.  Soak.  Play.  Bathe.  You ARE Divine!

Breathe and Believe.

In My Own Words

I hadn’t yet found the weeks intention for my yoga classes at the end of last week, so I let my mind wander.  I watched things around me, and allowed Source to guide me in discovering and feeling the intention. And, wow…here’s what happened!  In my own words, this was the message I received:

“Incredible how the universe works. And if we attempt to stay open and aware enough, we can see it working for us and in support of us. This week I did not have an intention come as easily as it typically does. And yet my husband took a day off from work so that he could be present in our son’s parent-teacher conference with me. And, in taking a personal day he also got to go to the DMV, fun, and it gave me a chance to walk the dog without having to wear the baby!  So, I had plenty of time to take a longer walk and allow my thoughts to ruminate.  Foreshadowing, you could say my thoughts had the space to migrate! 😉

In this ruminating walk in nature, I began thinking about migration because of the birds flying above. In migration there is a returning home, and really there is more than one home.  For us humans, truly no matter where we migrate to, no matter where we have come from, it is that Source within us that has always been there and is constant. No matter what takes flight in our life, no matter what we lose within our lifetime, that Essence and that Light stays the same. And no matter how often we change our self or our beliefs, it’s not a changing that changes Us, it is a continual uncovering of who we’ve always been!  It’s just that we had to discover that Light within, we had to question the journey, we had to find our courage, we had to open our own heart enough to our Self in order to experience our own Self and that timelessness within us. We had to break down our own walls, we had to step out into the vastness that is our life, we had to be strong enough to lift our own arms up towards the sky and with as much breath behind our voice as we could muster, we had to say “Here, I Am”! 

So incredible that as I was picking up my dog’s poop, oh yeah, I realized that there was a quote that I was going to use for the week of Thanksgiving just last week, but did not.  And yet, here it arrives again! See how the universe is supporting me by holding it back for its right moment which is this week!?

Page 424 in Mark Nepo’s book, ‘The Book of Awakening’, he writes… “acceptance and a strong heart will crack unhappiness and pain like a shell, exposing a softness that has always been, exposing a soft thing waiting to take form. It glows. I think it is the one Spirit we all share.”

It’s been of my belief for years, that yoga is a practice for our Great Remembering of Who We Are. 

May you remember who you are, may you remember what you are. May you wake up each morning knowing your Aliveness, giving thanks for it, and spreading the Light, the glowing, the Spirit that is You, that is who we All Are. 

This is why we had a focus to the crown chakra in class, sahasrara. So that we could illuminate the Universal Consciousness that is ours.  And, so that we could support release of all attachments.  
HINT: Due to high demand, we will be going  thru all the seven main chakras in my weekly classes sometime in the early new year!  Not to be missed because this is not your typical journey, nor typical focus, with the chakras. #excited