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When we meet and experience each other from a heart level, flesh falls away. What is left are the bones of compassion that hold each of us up.

How do we get to the heart? How do we see from the heart?

We must become fearless, vulnerable, and naked.  And we will eventually have to do this with each other.

To get to that sacred space where we can feel safe enough to allow ourselves to become vulnerable and to set fear aside, we first have to practice it with ourselves.

We must be with ourselves, standing in front of our Truest Nature, completely open and honest. Raw. Seeing the beautiful bones and honoring the bruises.

**Now I want you to know, dear reader, you will not find anything scary. You will only ever find beauty. No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you’ve done, when you dig deeper, and deeper, and deeper, you will only ever find your purest, most original form, and it is beautiful.**

 

You may end up finding parts of yourself that you might not like.  But, when you actually shed light on those parts and integrate them, when you acknowledge those parts, you will find that the whole of who you are is beautiful.

Jack Kornfield writes in his book, “The Wise Heart,” “Each of us has our own measure of pain. Sometimes the pain we suffer is great and obvious; sometimes it is subtle. Our pain can reflect the coldness of our families, the trauma of our parents, the stultifying influence of much modern education and media, the difficulties of being a man or a woman (and I add, the difficulties of however we identify).  As a result, we often feel that we have been cast out. To survive we have to cover our heart, build up a layer of clay, and defend ourselves.

 

We lose the belief that we are worthy of love. The mystic Simone Weil tells us, “The danger is not that the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but that, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.” Compassion reminds us that we do belong, as surely as we have been lost… Always remember to put your trust in compassion.”

The second principle of Buddhist psychology states:

 

“Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.”

I invite you to work with compassion intuitively.

If you were to stand in front of a mirror, and look into your own eyes, how might you respond to yourself? And I’m consciously not asking how would you ‘react’ to yourself. Notice the reactions, and then respond from a place of compassion.

How would you talk to yourself as if you were the Divine? Cognitively knowing very well that you are the Divine, how would you hold yourself? How would you support yourself in all of your daily living? How would you nurture yourself and your dreams? 

Would anything be different than what you’re doing now in your life?

To see another through the eyes of love, we must first see ourselves as love.  

As we see ourselves as love, we begin to treat ourselves and speak to ourselves as the Universal Consciousness. 

 

 

As we recognize ourselves as Source; we begin to see that Source is all others.

Source is everywhere.

Source is everyone.

So as you work intuitively with compassion towards your self, know that this will support you in developing the most deepest connection with your truest nature. The best relationship with your Highest Self. And that in that relationship you will develop the trust and confidence that will become so unshakable. No one and nothing else can break it down, can separate you from that Light within your heart, can make you doubt yourself.

This does not mean that you will stop loving others and stop caring less for others, it just means you start caring more for yourself.

And it means, as Jill Wintersteen wrote, that you will have “…develop the trust and confidence in yourself that what you set in motion previously is correct, even if you go through some troubled times.”

I love how Jack Kornfield writes, “Eventually I discovered that unworthiness is not helped by striving. I learned that for real healing I needed compassion.”

Remember the definition of compassion and it’s “fierce sword” by reading my post from years past HERE.

And read HERE about my son’s shoe laces and going “right to the center of the knot”, how it correlates to our compassionate hearts and Buddhism’s four abodes. 

It’s no wonder why I have written about compassion and used it as a theme time and time again. And each time something new is unearthed. A new way of seeing where compassion can be offered. Where it shows up. How we can use it in practice both on the yoga mat and off the mat.  And, how compassion can heal and save our Self and others. 

How will you share compassion and give compassion to yourself today, dear reader? 

Here is one way to show yourself compassion to yourself:

Place the ahamkara mudra, “to do with Self” gesture, in your hands. Softly extend all your fingers.  Partially curl in your index fingers, in each hand separately, and place your thumbs between the first and second knuckles on the outer edge of the index fingers. 

Rest your hands, palm facing up, in your lap. Rest, breathe, and repeat these words to your compassionate essence:

“I am love.

I offer myself grace.

I give myself compassion.

I care for my wounds.

I nourish my Spirit.

I love my Truest Nature, for It is Good.”

Perhaps then you may turn it inwards in another way, and speak to your True Essence:

“I love you.

I offer you grace.

I see you through my compassionate heart.

I have compassion for your wounds.

I nourish your Spirit.

I love your True Essence, for It is Good.”

*Perhaps you say this to another person today.

All my love and compassion,

Shawna 

Breathe and Believe.

From My Heart…

 

Words cannot express the overwhelming feelings that I had from all of the responses I received from my last post, “My Miscarriage”.  I could not respond to everyone because there were SO many loving and supportive personal emails.  My apologies for not responding separately, but please know I read them, took them in, and am sending love back!

As most of you know, we are now expecting!  Actually, in about 8 weeks!  Around March 3rd, 2019, we will be joyously looking forward to meeting our little baby GIRL!  Maxwell is SO excited to become a big brother!  This, of course, means a maternity leave for me.  I hope to be back to all my current locations by around July. 

So, in the mean time, please come practice with me a few more times before my life changes completely again!  And, check out the workshops I will be hosting in January and February(read below).  As for retreats, keep a heads up for announcements in mid 2019; I have some ideas cooking, as well as continuing the amazing yearly retreats! Namaste Dear Ones, and may the year of 2019 hold much hope, possibility, and love for you.

Deep Winter’s Rest at Mind Body Soul

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 from 3-5pm

 

Join me, once again, for this years Restorative Yoga Workshop at Mind Body Soul Yoga studio in Washington Hts., NYC.  We will talk a brief moment about restorative yoga and its benefits, but most importantly, you will experience it!  Be prepared for gentle movement, soft breath work, deep relaxation, letting go, and journeying inwards.  I will be adding aromatherapy, reiki attuned touch, and soothing sounds to enhance the vibration for hibernation and healing.  Everyone welcomed, even beginners and pre-natal yogis.
$35 pre-register and $45 same day
Register Here!

Invite The Night:
Ritual to Reset from Within

Saturday, January 19th from 2-4pm
Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY

 

Tara Cuskley and I, are joining forces again, to offer you the time and place to acknowledge the ‘night’ with compassion and to invite the light within.
 
Using asana and pranayama, I will explore how we may settle into the hibernating quietude of the winter season thru the lens of compassion. Then delve deeper into energy healing practices with Tara as she guides you through an energy body clearing, releasing you from the old and allowing you to renew. Creative visualizations and shamanic rhythmic sounds will initiate a personal meditative journey with the intention to welcome the night and retrieve guidance specific to your life. A time for group discussion and Q&A will be provided at the end of the program.  All levels welcomed.

$40 *if register before Jan. 15th.  $45 after.
Register Here!

Deep Winter’s Restorative Workshop

Sunday, January 27th, 1-3pm
Riverstone Yoga, Tarrytown, NY

 

Meet me at the beautiful Riverstone Yoga center, nestled right along the Hudson River, and just feet away from the Tarrytown Metro North Line stop, for an afternoon of release! 

Deep within us is a place of stillness and peace. It is innate in our Souls. When we become still, and when we set the stage for quietude, we are better able to recognize this wisdom within, and to release and open up.
 
Come and connect to this space in a sacred, supportive environment, and spend the time to go deep within. We will practice gentle movements, soft breath work, and long-held luxurious restorative postures. All will allow us to sink into a deep winter’s rest.
I will complement this wonderful practice with the essence of healing sounds, aromatherapy, and healing Reiki touch.
$35 Early Bird, $45 after January 6th

Register Here!

Sweet Connections: A Partner Yoga and Thai Massage Valentine’s Day Experience

Saturday, February 16th, 2:00-5:00pm
Bread and Yoga, Inwood, NYC

 

Calm, centered, relaxed, peaceful, and loved; does any of this sound like a good thing to feel to you?! Would you like to help your partner/friend/loved one feel like this?! Then come enjoy a magical event of giving, receiving, relaxing, and connecting with each other!

In our time together, we will practice some fun partner yoga moves and learn a basic Thai Yoga bodywork flow for whole body well-being.

For it is truly a practice to both receive and to give; it cultivates trust and understanding. This experience will support you and your partner in developing deeper connections to your own body as well as theirs. Learn how to support their body with loving intention, and allow yourself to let go and be nurtured in return.

**wear comfortable and warm clothing; socks optional; all other props provided.  Most work is done on the floor.

CHOCOLATE TASTING TO FOLLOW
Limited to 8 couples.  Sign up with your name and bring your partner.
$90 per couple.  Please pre-register
Register Here!