Breathe and Believe

A Somatic Healing therapy to help spiritual seekers, self-growth enthusiasts and heart-centered beings align to their soul’s purpose

ALIGN sessions are the culmination of 18 years of my practices of yoga, Thai massage and life coaching fused into one!

 

I’ve met countless students, clients and friends who’ve confessed about not having clarity about their chosen paths in life, who struggle with self-belief, who find it hard to listen to their heart’s deep wisdoms and make choices that feel right, who feel stuck in some aspects of their lives – be it relationships, career, self-love and are unable to see much progress despite their best efforts. 

It’s human to experience self-doubt, fear, uncertainty, suffering in different phases of our lives and/or in certain aspects of our lives and if you find yourself resonating with any of those experiences described above, know that you are not alone.

 

However, there is a path to getting unstuck.

 

 

Those who are brave and vulnerable enough to face their fears, recognize their needs and take the road towards self-discovery and transformation are seldom held back from discovering the truth of who they are. From that place of intuitive knowing, we can heal ourselves, bring clarity, powerful presence, purpose, peace and bliss into our lives – and in all aspects of our lives.

 

I KNOW you CAN stand steadfast in your Truth when challenges arise! I know you CAN be malleable and flexible while still holding healthful boundaries and upholding your worth!  I BELIEVE in YOUR ability. Period.  Whether it’s your ability to face a fear, a trauma, a hurt, or to face an exciting possibility, an unknown opportunity, I have every faith in you, your heart, and the innate wisdom in your body that you can. Whatever it is you want, you can.

 

As mentioned in my previous blog ‘Without Reflections How Can We See?’ I spoke about the the truth of my work and my life’s purpose, which is to support others in feeling their worth, knowing they have a right to be here, that they are loved and are full of possibility. When you heal, we all heal. When I heal, we all heal. We are all one, one Energy, one Love. I will forever continue to help others heal.

 

 

And with this in mine, I am thrilled to introduce my latest offer ALIGN

 

 

What is ALIGN and who is it meant for?

A.L.I.G.N. is an acronym for:

Alive

Loving

Imagined

Guided

Nurtured

 

 

These sessions are divinely guided.  As I listen to my intuition as well as help others learn how to listen to their intuition and all the many different ways that it can come, what is revealed is the deepest truths from within the client’s heart.

 

In any given session, the client might move through any of the different modalities, and use any of the tools, that I have to offer. With the intention of always coming back to the body and listening deeply to what is in that moment, the client gleans their guiding truths that will lead them to the life that they envision. This supports the client with also laying down the firm foundations of how they will continue to live in ways that will uphold their core values, their true essence, and their authentic self.

 

Through the ALIGN sessions the client learns how to become their own guru, their own coach, their own Guide. Being better able to understand their bodies cues, their bodies emotional intelligence, their hearts deep wisdoms, their intuitive knowings, and deepening their trust within themselves as they strengthen their ability to discern the messages received from mind, body, and heart.

 

 

In any given session, physical movement, guided meditation, breath work, body exploration, and client centered dialogue could happen.

 

 

These are not just private yoga sessions. These are also not just life coaching sessions, though both yoga and life coaching are often used in tandem with the intention of what these align sessions are for. For example, you might be in a physical posture and experience a new physical or emotional sensation that you hadn’t before. In that moment I might invite you to explore that sensation a little more deeply and to just stay open if anything comes up from it, and explore what is revealed.  I will inquire what your intuitive sense is with making a connection in your life today from the experience of the moment, and what that connection might be and what it might mean. From there the possibility of action might come up in the offering and invitation to do some homework.

 

 

What’s Important to Know:

What’s most important is that client enter each session with open mind and open heart. No expectations and no judgements. And, of course, I do the same.  I set myself aside to become a channel for the moment, a space holder, and a mirror to reflect, lovingly challenge, and honor what takes shape in the session. The client may come to the session with a very specific topic to take a look at within their life.  No topic is too small or great. All is welcomed inside these sessions including tears and laughter. I hold space energetically and intentionally, even online. And there may be times that I ask you online to embody the experience of that moment and move in a certain way.

 

 

A typical session may last anywhere from 1 hour to 90 minutes. Sessions may be shorter. Anytime left from one session will be used at the next or to create an entirely different session for a different day.

 

 

Appointments, for now, will be done on Zoom with cameras and sound on. In the future, some appointments may be made in person to add touch therapy, Thai massage therapy, and energetic healing of holding space physically.

 

 

 

 Note: One time session is $155.00 and a 6 package session is $810.00 to be used within 3 months.  I have created a six session package but I’m open to taking on people who I have worked with, or students from the past, who might be willing to explore even a one-off session. I only have opening for one or two more long term clients with the possibility of space opening up in the near future. To know about my prices, please email me at shawnalight@gmail.com.

 

 

How did this all come to be for me?

Faith

 

 

I have been searching for many years how to bring the trilogy of my offerings into one, and when I took the Phoenix rising yoga therapy essentials course in February of 2020, I felt a complete resonance with “the work”.  Michael Lee, the creator of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and the incredible book “The forgotten Body” by Elissa Cobb, and a mentor that I was divinely guided to find through a private yoga Facebook group for yoga teachers, have been supporting me in this work since that time.

 

I have now worked with a few clients over this past year who have been supportive and trusting of me. Most of them had taken my yoga classes in the past and knew my voice as a teacher and my energy as a person. To them I am grateful. They trusted me diving into this unknown and today I invite anyone who is serious about their own spiritual and personal growth to connect; for we know this helps heal the collective.

 

 

I am excited to step more onto my path as a Spiritual Somatic Healer.  And, trust me, it’s been many years in the making to be able to write that, state that, and now I am stepping into it. And that is what I want for YOU!…

 

 

I invite you to fully be alive. To fully come alive! To be fully living in each moment, prepared with the solid inner foundations because of your dedication to yourself, your Beloveds, and the world, you will be able to stay present.  Able to embody the love that you have with you and carry it into any and every moment of life, no matter what the moment has to hold.

Life is a fluctuation, but you can be steady in your efforts with mind, heart, body, and soul to create your ever evolving balance in your world.  Knowing and being able to discern with your heart, mind, and body, what is the loving choice and path for yourself.  For it starts there, with YOU!

If you are interested please email me at shawnalight@gmail.com

 

All my love and gratitude,

Shawna

Breathe and Believe.

 

+ January Schedule Update

If I have seem quiet in newsletters and social media, there is an intentional reason for it.  As most of you probably know, I set out to spend the Winter Solstice and the holidays turning inward and just being with my family. And though I haven’t been completely off the grid, I have been doing what I set out to do; rather, I have been ‘Being’ what I intended to do, which is just Be.

 

Reflections from 2021

I have been serious in my reflections and supporting myself by leaning into many of my coaches, Guides, and more.  All of them have invited me to look back at 2021 and write down all the incredible things I did, accomplishments, and anything good that happened.  At first thought my heart sinks, my throat tightens, my gut can’t even move because it’s so clinched and I roll my eyes because 2021 was harder for me than 2020 on many levels. 

 

 

Took time to just ‘Be’ this December 2021

I invite you, dear reader, to take two minutes and do this exercise.  I bet you will be surprised.  Write down all that was amazing for you in 2021. 

 

Now, how do you feel?  What do you notice in your body?  Your emotions?  Just observe before rushing on.

I did it, though hesitant, and I cried when I stopped writing and really looked back. 2021 was definitely one of my most transformational years ever, short of becoming a Yoga teacher and a mother.

 

My Professional Milestones in 2021

  • I boldly chose to navigate keeping my offerings going on my own platforms after all my long time yoga studios/homes closed after 11, 12, and 13 years of my time with them.
  • I received multiple offers to start yoga programs(Thank you Source and the people who asked; more with this, I am sure!!). 
  • Because of those above offers, and other tough experiences this year, my own path is becoming more clear as to how I am being Lead to serve.
  • I took the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Essentials course and it was EVERYTHING!  It brought my trilogy of yoga, Thai massage, and life coaching together with a methodology.
  • So, I started with a mentor form the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy family.
  • I said yes to collaborations that started life long friendships and that have turned into incredible communities!  THANK YOU Patrick Heffernan, ‘Journey to the Peak’ community, and Liz Moyer, ‘Steadiness within the Change’/’Hibernation for Healing’ and others!
  • I said yes to myself, was terrified, and did it anyway with 7 other women who trust me: I created ‘Inner Strength: Reclaiming the Power You’ve Always Had”, a 7 month sacred women’s journey for transformation, embodiment, sisterhood, and so much more.  Thank you to Krishna Dholakia of ‘Om and Spice‘, Lauren Mahana of ‘Magic on the Patio‘ podcast, and Kim Chestney of ‘Intuition Lab’ for being my powerful guest speakers!
  • I began offering ‘A.L.I.G.N.’ (alive, loving, imagined, Guided, nurture) one-on-one sessions. *More about this coming out next week!
  • I learned more than I ever thought I could about surrender.
  • I found a new core value: acknowledgement.
  • I found two incredible yoga business coaches and continue to find their work to be profound. THANK YOU Mado Hesselink and Nick Demos!
  • I hired a Virtual Assistant and learned I should have done this years ago! Juzbi Walia you are incredible!
  • Can we all just say we navigated another year of a pandemic? Yes.
  • And for me, navigating it with two young, awesome kids and one incredible husband. Grateful.

I have been using this holiday break to be in practice, Communion, quiet, my movement practices, and being with my family. I am grateful I have some more time and will be setting the intention for 2022 to be doing this type of self care more often and to drink more water.

 

Without reflection how will we see?  How would we become clear on where we are now, where we have been, and where we are going/want to go/Guided to go?  What have you learned that you are taking away from this past year, dear reader?

When we enter into these sacred practices we enter into the path.  The path of knowing, feeling, and seeing in the birds-eye-view of just how grace and love work in our lives.  How the divine always supports each of us.

Events That Challenged me in 2021

  • All the studios I taught at for over a decade each closed, and one was just this October.
  • Close loved ones passed away, as well as dear friends mothers passing away (3 loving mothers to three incredible families).
  • There were some very difficult moments that had me taking a long, HARD look at who I thought I was, what I stood for and how other people can affect life in unexpected ways and turn the mirror at you.
  • I got burnt out this month due to the business side of ‘being your own business’ (and I NEVER thought I would hit burn out because I practice and love what I do y’all!).
  • My kids got sick in the last quarter kind of hard.
  • Covid affected a family member (thank God they are fine
  • Feeling so uncertain and lost, afraid and small.

Now, it might not be your case that the challenges brought the most positive growth, but check in with yourself right now(because you are probably thinking about your challenges this year right now. What were your challenges this past year? 

 

What Challenges Can Teach Us

I really appreciated Nick Demos’s invitation to look at the challenges and ask where growth can happen from them moving forward.  If you want, dear reader, write the challenges you experienced and then feel into what positive transformations can come from them.  Might you have more empathy from them?  More clarity on your healthful boundaries?  More courage in your heart?  More assured way to speak from your authentic voice? 

 

What came of your challenges?  What came from them?  Look to both your external and internal worlds. Perhaps no one else can see the change, but you know the immense shifts that have happened inside your heart and Spirit!

 

I am so thankful to each of YOU through this past year!  To say I wouldn’t be hear without you is the truth, so much gratitude on my heart for each of you…I’m also thinking of the term ubuntu.

 

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù])[1] is a NguniBantu term meaning “humanity”. It is sometimes translated as “I am because we are” (also “I am because you are”),[2] or “humanity towards others” (in Zuluumuntu ngumuntu ngabantu). In Xhosa, the latter term is used, but is often meant in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity” -Wikipedia, ubuntu

 

This is the Truth of my Work

This is the truth of my work. When you heal, we all heal. When I heal, we all heal. We are all one, one Energy, one Love.
I will forever continue to help others heal.  It is my life’s purpose; to support others in feeling their worth, knowing they have a right to be here, that they are loved and are full of possibility.

And I sometimes feel like I am just getting started in all of what I have to offer.  I have been stepping into some new work, as a few of you already know, but not most.  I will be calling upon anyone who might be interested and willing to help me better learn how to help others in the next week, so watch for my follow up email to this one.

 

New Classes from January 2022

Thank you everyone who filled out my survey! It really did help me in making these changes! I will be planning a retreat too(when I see Omicron backing off!

 

 

My new classes and timings for January 2022

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  
Happy New Year!
Many blessings for abundance in health, finances, love, laughter, growth, fun, and peace!

crow pose to help feel complete in the moment  
Practicing Crow Pose in India; helps me feel completely in the moment.

 

 

Deborah Adele writes in her book on the Yoga ethical practices of the Yamas and Niyamas around ishvara pranidhana,

Ishvara pranidhana, The jewel of surrender, presupposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. Whether we call it God, grace, providence, or life, this force is greater than we are and cares deeply about us. Surrender invites us to be active participants in our life, totally present and fluid with each moment, while appreciating the magnitude and mystery of what we are participating in. Ultimately this guideline invites us to surrender our egos, open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.”

 

How do we do this? How do we surrender and be active participants in life?

I have been discovering this week through embodying this ethical practice, speaking about it, digesting it, and living in it, that it is actually cyclical. Meaning, as we surrender and notice life as it is, while making choices that are in alignment with our heart, this way of being in the world circles us back to all the previous Yamas and Niyamas.

And, in my humble opinion, and from the perspective of only my life thus far at the age of 41, there will always be a waning and waxing of our ability to always be living life inside a space of pure joy, unconditional acceptance and unconditional love. Note: I haven’t reached a continual state of enlightenment yet 🙂

 

Again, Deborah Adele:

The yogis tell us that we can live this way all the time, unless we are getting in our own way

 

I personally feel that it’s not always easy to feel in harmony with life, nor see the beauty in all things. It can be challenging and push us to our edge in order to uphold our own core values and to really trust that in each moment the divine is living, breathing, and supporting us in an unconditionally loving way. 

 

And yet this is what ishvara pranidhana is inviting us to realize; that there is the divine in everything and every experience.

 

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a French Jesuit priest from centuries ago wrote,

 “There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action.”

“How do we begin to find this rhythm of surrender or the immense joy and trust (of life) … ?  When we release our rigidity and our need to control, when we joyfully engage life as it comes to us, and when we place our egos into devotion to that which is greater, we can begin to taste the bounty of this jewel, ishvara pranidhana.”  

Deborah Adele

So there it is, the idea that presupposes that you believe in something greater than yourself.

 

What do you believe in?

Perhaps, and most likely because you’re reading this blog, you believe in connection. You believe in and uphold a desire to experience love. Most likely you believe in love itself.

 

Oftentimes, when speaking about love as God, when speaking to the divine and Source, and when contemplating the idea of an entity larger than us, and yet that lives in us, for me it feels very ethereal and abstract. And yet, when I have experiences of pure joy and connection, when I’ve had experiences of heart opening awe, when my children were born, I could not only believe in something so magnificent and so out of this world, but my gratitude in this world deepened!

 

Ishvara pranidhana invites us to transcend the physical world, and to remember that this divine entity lives within everything.

One of my community members brought up a good point when she shared that during hard and difficult moments in life is especially the time when we must connect with our beliefs that give us strength. Those are particular times when we need to use all of our practices to stay connected to that knowledge of the beauty of the divine.

 

And this is why ishvara pranidhana cycled me back to all the other practices… To stay observant of life as it is without attachment, judgment, nor expectation.  To practice things like ahimsa, non-violence, and Satya i.e. truthfulness, and to really be always in a practice of svadyaya i.e. self-study, and many of the other practices that yoga offers us.

 

These practices are as cyclical as breath itself.

And the more I keep her returning, the more I keep inviting myself to be this active participant and to consciously come back to all these teachings, and to come back to the knowledge of my own truth within, and then I do experience how surrender can support me.  I can actually support myself in making more healthful and empowering decisions.

I believe that our intuition is the divine speaking to us from within us. For I am That and That am I. And when I can surrender to That which I am hearing within myself, then I can make those wiser and more skillful decisions moving forward.

“Life knows what to do better than we do. Our task is simply to let go and receive each moment with an open heart, and then dance skillfully with it.” -Deborah Adele

To dance skillfully with life is to surrender to life, see it as it is, listen to my heart and intuition within, and to then see what my role in all things.

 

 

Questions to meditate on…

I had an incredible conversation recently with a dear friend of mine and these are some of the questions that we both held for a while,

 

What is my role in all things?

How will you choose to dance/participate in life?

How will you practice to not be the one thing that gets in your way from living the beautiful life that you’re already living and that you deserve?

The present moment holds infinite riches beyond our wildest dreams

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

What is your experience of the divine at this moment? Because, this moment is divine.

I want to close with this last reading out of Deborah Adele’s book because I keep contemplating it and it keeps supporting me in many various ways. I hope it will support y

Swami Rama used to say “Do what is yours to do; Don’t do what is not yours to do.” How simple these words may sound to our ears, and yet they are profound to our understanding of surrender. As we are able to let go of what we can’t change, we are able to grow more and more into our unique gift and contribution to life itself. There is something that is ours to do, and whether it is larger or small, it is our contribution to the whole of humanity. As we discern where our path lies and then surrender to that awareness, we will begin to taste freedom and joy in a way we never dreamed possible.”

 

And there it is again, the cycle.

 

All my love,

 

Shawna

Breathe and Believe

 

 

Throughout last week and entering into this week, I have experienced how perhaps it’s no wonder that tapas comes as an ethical practice in yoga before svadhyaya.  Let me explain and let’s explore…

 

Tapas means ‘heat’…

…and can also translate as self discipline, austerities, catharsis, change or transformation, and even spiritual effort.  

Here’s a real life example that I am living in right this very moment as I type these words. I’d like to make this big of a long blog, however, I only have so much time, yet, I am dedicated to this practice of coming back to my writing in my life lately.  When I create these blogs it benefits me so much because I get to continually process and re-examine these practices that I use as intention in my classes; let alone re-examining them year after year as I change personally. 

 

The effects are not only profound for myself, but I’m hoping for you too. And that’s the beauty of our relationship, is that I also love hearing your take on these principles and ideas that I bring to our classes! So many benefits on so many levels, let alone embodying it through physical practice!

 

And there you have it! Tapas and svadhyaya or self-examination rolled into one example.

 

My dedication and discipline to writing on these spiritual principles and coming to the page, sacrificing doing other things in this moment to come to this practice, is tapas.  And the exploration and continual contemplation of these spiritual practices helps me to unpack the “boxes” of who I am, and to really understand better my True Self, which is Divine.

 

 

Svadhyaya means ‘self-study’.

 

In her book, which I highly recommend, “The Yamas & Niyamas: exploring yoga’s ethical practice”, Deborah Adele writes, “We are, at the core, divine consciousness. Around this pure consciousness, we are packed in “boxes” of our experience, our conditioning, and our belief systems. These boxes are things like how we identify ourselves, what we believe to be true, our preferences and dislikes, our fears and imagination. All of these boxes are informed by country, culture, gender, town, ancestors and family history, groups we belong to, and our personal experience. … 

 

We suffer, the Yogi’s tell us, because we forget who we are. We think we are the boxes we are wrapped in and forget that we are really the divine “hiding” inside. Svadhyaya, or self-study, is about knowing our true identity as divine and understanding the boxes we are wrapped in. We can find clues about our boxes by watching our projections, by the process of tracing our reactions back to a belief, and by courageously looking at life as it is. This process of knowing ourselves and the boxes that adorn us, creates a pathway to freedom. The ability to shift our identification from our ego self (our “boxes”), to the witness, and finally to archer identity as divinity itself, is the joy of this jewel of self-study.”

 

But sometimes, life brings the heat!

 

Now, in my personal example above, I self-imposed the tapas and discipline to sit and write. But sometimes, life brings the heat!

Perhaps you’ve experienced catharsis? A time when you had a strong release of emotions and things were shifting within you? 

Or perhaps you’ve experienced a time when it felt as if life put you in a situation that was really difficult and hard to endure, you didn’t know when this moment would end nor how to handle it, or even knowing what it’s purpose was? 

 

I have a real life experience of this happening right now, and even though I know there is an end in sight, I don’t know when that will happen.

 

And even though I can’t explain it all to you right now, this is why I’m inviting you into a two-week experience with me, because this is my why, does it resonate with you in any way?…

 

I know that if I can stay with this moment that feels uncertain, a little turbulent, chaotic, a little unsettling, that I will come out better for it.  I know and trust that I will see my Path, and my True Self, with more clarity. And, I know that I will continue to live my life with more resolve and deep heart-centered connection to my soul from living through this time.

However, sometimes we can’t see or know that there’s a blessing when we are living through a difficult moment, So if my why did not resonate, that’s okay!

 

There is Purpose to Tapas

The practice of tapas reminds us that there is purpose.  That if we have the courage to just “stay in the fire”, that there is a blessing coming.  You don’t have to call it a blessing, I also call it a teaching, a learning, or an insight.  Some sort of takeaway that we will keep with us forever; making us stronger and even more powerful the next time something difficult is experienced in our life.  

Our courage is a quality that is forever building and getting stronger with each passing experience.  And the courage that we see we had when we look back on a past hardship, is still with us now.  

 

Can you imagine just how much courage you have right now?  It’s awesome, let me tell you. So, don’t doubt yourself for one moment. You are the Divine.  And don’t worry if you can’t see the insight now, I invite you to trust that later, when you look back on this moment, you will see it… And perhaps more importantly, you will see your true self and how you move through the experience.

 

The practice of self-study is about staying in the present but also tracing things 

The practice of self-study is not only meant to observe our self in the present moment, but it is an opportunity to take time to become quiet, still, and reflect back on our past.  Looking back, we can see how we were in relationship to ourself, to others, to situations and events, and how we might not have been in good relationship. This is the practice that Deborah Adele was speaking about in the passage above, the practice of tracing things back.

 

Whether we’re tracing back, or whether we’re in a meditative practice to be in the present moment, witnessing how things are requires awareness. It requires us to step into being the witness of all things with compassion and without attachment.  

I can see and name all of the boxes that are within me, and I can witness how I respond to these boxes. I can question what boxes I want to keep and what boxes I might need to let go of. And as I do this, I am taking steps closer into the depths of my heart to meet my true self. To have an experience of connection with My pure essence. And we all have this essential presence within us, this divine divinity that at best is indescribable.

 

So it requires a healthful presence of ego to be able to see these boxes that make up the personhood of who we are. And yet, a surrender of ego in a way that will support us to not identify ourselves as being any of the boxes. But instead, releasing the aspect of the ego that would become attached to any of the boxes, and remembering our True Self that lives in each of those boxes, and then the box disappears.

 

I recently heard myself say during a private client’s session, that there are boxes that we love about ourselves and there are boxes that we don’t love about ourselves. And it’s hard to not want to identify with those boxes that we love about ourselves. And there are good practices when naming the positive qualities of knowing who we are that builds us up! So keep those, and then, surrender to the divine within you.

 

Let go of all the boxes and swim in the beautiful ocean of your own divinity. 

 

Now my last statement here moves us into the next ethical practice of ishvara pranidhana, the jewel of surrender, but let’s save that for another day! And yet, you see the flow of these practices and why they are in this order?!

 

Join Me For A Free 2 Weeks Program

 

I invite you to join me in rest and reflection.

 

For me, the heat comes because I am upholding myself to become quiet, still, and meditate in order to become more clear and realign with my Truest Nature.

 

This is hard for me because I want to do, to perform, and I want to produce and manifest. But for me, my time of manifestation of this past year has come to an end; my catharsis.  And I know deep in my soul that this is a time of needed reflection and quietude. This time of sitting in stillness is my heat, my tapas.

 

I know I need to be with what is, see all the boxes, honour each one, svadhyaya, and then listen even deeper to my heart. To that place within my heart’s heart, my spiritual heart, and allow my soul’s strength, atmabala, to stir within me and reveal to me my Truths. 

 

I hope you will join me no matter what your reasons. No matter what season of life you are in. No matter what you are going through.  I’m going to be doing this with you and I invite you to invite a friend, or ten, to come along. 

 

Here are the details:

“Rest, Reflect, Restoreis a FREE two week exploration into quietude. 

What you receive each week:

  • one 15-20 minute pre-recorded restorative yoga practice, yours to keep forever.
  • one 8-10 minute pre-recorded guided meditation, yours to keep forever.
  • one PDF print out with reflective questions and affirmations to help you re-align with your True Self. 
  • I will be going LIVE in IG on Monday, Dec. 6th at 8pm EDT to kick us off, and Monday, Dec. 20th at 8pm EDT to close. 

How do you join me? Sign up below

 

 

All my love,

 

Shawna 

Breathe and Believe.

 

“I have been a seeker and still am, but stopped asking for the books and the stars.  I started listening to the teachings of my soul.”-Rumi

Sign Up Below for Rest, Reflect & Restore program! 

For this past week’s intention I was watching how the universe was always sending me messages and how they were so beautifully woven into each other:

 

During our “Sunday Morning Special” class Patrick talked about how asana, postures, are a constant push and pull with gravity.

And then I went over to find that Liz Moyer’s reflection prompt inside her company, ‘We Heal for All’, was the following:

 

What teachings lie in the micro movements?

So often when I’m in the midst of transition I notice that I want to be on the other side already. I want to be done with the dance, to be on solid ground. I hold my breath and power through with my sight set on what’s ahead. While it’s an understandable approach, I wonder what I might be missing?

 

The invitation that comes to me in this reflection is to see if in the midst of transition I can slow myself down enough to notice the micro moments within it all? Can I practice being present with the sensations and discomfort that come with being pushed and pulled within the change? And if I can, what does that offer me? What teachings lie in the micro moments within transitions that are key to where I’m meant to land next?” 

What beautiful reflection prompts.

 

*Hint: Save the Date of Dec. 12, for an experience with Liz and myself and our dear friend, Anthony Purdy! 😉

And the insightful and intuitive hits kept coming from the Source when I read inside Emma Poole’s blog, this Elizabeth Gilbert quote:

“Just as they exist in writing a literal truth and a poetic truth, they’re also exists in a human being a little anatomy and a poetic anatomy. One, you can see; One, you cannot. One is made of bones and teeth and flesh; The other is made of energy and memory and faith. But they are both equally true.”

It’s incredible to me, how Elizabeth Gilbert names prana without naming it directly.  The energy and memory and faith.

In somatics work we speak all the time about how the stories and the knowings are in the tissues of our body, our physical body. 

 


 

Take a moment, dear reader, take a sacred pause with me:

Find a comfortable position, as comfortable as you can find for your physical body at this moment. Close your eyes and take a couple of breaths. What are you feeling in your body? What are you noticing? Is there discomfort in a certain area, do you want to wiggle and move? Is there great comfort in a part of your body, or even all over? Is it easy to mentally slow down enough to notice your physical sensations? Or is it challenging to try to bring your awareness into this moment? Without judging, can you just be in this experience of this moment? 

 

 

Now, take another breath, and feel what’s present now for you, your physical body, your emotions, and your thoughts. How is the quality of your energy now, versus before taking this sacred pause?  This energy, your life force, prana, is the ‘energy, memory, and faith’ that Elizabeth Gilbert was talking about. You have the ability to control it, move it, guide it, and also listen to what it is sharing with you. 

 

 

Take the time to connect with your energy and your Self each day. No matter how hard it might feel, just breathe. Perhaps nothing comes of it, that’s ok. And then, perhaps on another day, it’s the changing factor and micro-moment from which things will begin to shift towards the positive.  And this can be one entry point of which you love yourself, but more on that “gentle approach” next week. 

 

Slowly moving on…

 


I have been continually struck by this quote for most of my adult life:

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite literally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate states.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new; And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some states of instability – And that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you. Your idea will mature gradually – Let them grow. Let them share themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on as though you could be today what time will make you tomorrow (That is to say, Grace and circumstances acting on your own goodwill).

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”

 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)

My Contemplation on Purna i.e being whole))

As I hear that word, incomplete, I think to the Sanskrit vibration ‘purna’, meaning whole.  I also think to one of my most favorite mantras, the purna mantra, listen here. As one of the teachers I follow on YouTube, Sri M, explains and listen to the vibration as he recites it at the start of the video!  The essence of this purna mantra is that one into one, is one. We are always whole, and full in the essence that is unchanging within us. We are always the constant steady stream of light and love.

Now, I am not arguing with Mr. Chardin here, I am simply inviting contemplation.  What makes us feel that we are not complete, whole, and worthy as we are? Usually the mind. 

 

 

And so, yes, I can except the feeling of suspense and being comfortable in the uncomfortable of the unknown.  I am human, I cannot see what is next. And so I can accept and be content here in the now. (Reminds me of our most recent Sunday morning special class and how we talked about Santosa, and contentment.)

 

 

I can use the offering of my presence to each moment, to myself, and to others, to be able to notice these micro movements of life and these micro moments in which perhaps I will find and see the insights as to where I am meant to be. Perhaps these micro moments will remind me that I’m already right where I’m meant to be.

 

 

Can you slow down enough to be the witness? To see your fullness? To catch the insights that the universe is sharing with you and guiding you on your path?

 

Can you trust that it is with you?  To trust this spirit forming within you?  Can you trust your timing?

 

 

And that is why with this intention a constantly was inviting practitioners to trust their timing. To trust the tempo at which their body wanted to move in practice at that moment. Could they trust the rhythms in which they felt life moving through them? Could they feel those rhythms, and can they feel the timing, tempo, and rhythm of the dance?

Could they just offer themselves, and the moment, their presence?

 

When we offer our presents to a moment we are better able to see the gifts and guidance of Source.  

 

 

How the intention of this entire class came to be is proof of that. Thanks to all my friends and collaborators whose wisdoms kept being shown to me to make this moment happen!

 

Love to all,

Shawna 🙏🏻💗

Breathe and Believe.

What happens when I’m not myself?

Last week we explored being oneself. Is it possible to purely be yourself? Is it possible to be purely in the moment? Could being purely in the moment help us to be purely ourselves? And what might it offer us?


Saucha in Sanskrit stands for “purity”.  It can also be translated as ‘orderliness, cleanliness, and clearness’.  We can attribute this to our outer environment and we can also attribute it to our inner environments.


Saucha is one of the niyamas, or ‘observances’; philosophies of yoga.  I love how my dear friend and collaborator, Patrick Heffernan, describes the niyamas as a way of ‘reprogramming and self-training’.


Saucha can be applied to how we nourish ourself, how we eat and drink, how we make sure we get enough rest, and how we bathe and clean our self. 


It’s also how we take care of our physical spaces, and the planet at large. How we are taking care and keeping clean and pure the environments that we live in. Think of it as the Marie Kondo practice of cleaning your drawers!  


Perhaps more importantly, saucha, is meant to also be applied to our inner environments. How we keep clean and orderly our energy and our mind.


Two weeks ago, Patrick and I opened up the ‘Sunday morning special’ class with the Dharma discussion on saucha.  It was quite moving and beautiful the things that came up! I’m going to do my best in sharing some of the wisdoms that came through for me and that came through from other community members. 


*I will be keeping the community members’ names anonymous for privacy.  Please know that you are all welcomed to these Sunday morning special practices that are truly something magical!  


I led the Dharma discussion talking about saucha and also bringing in the vibration of ‘abhyasa’.  Abhyasa means “practice”, and in particular, practice towards a tranquil mind.  To be organizing and pointing our thoughts always towards what we want. To get clear on what we want and what we always want our thoughts to be pointing towards.


As the Seeker(practitioner for Good) that you are in reading this blog, I know that you are always seeking to have your thoughts and actions aligned with positive intention, loving-kindness, and for the good of all. Doing your best to organize your thoughts always towards the Light. To be seeing the best in yourself and the best in others. To be striving for thoughts of abundance, forgiveness, joy, and peace, equanimity, inclusivity, and love.


So what happens when we feel we are not our Self?


One community member offered the wisdom to first ask, “why”?  


By asking why it invites compassion. It doesn’t make us right or wrong, nor bad, we just ‘Marie Kondo’ the moment and lay it all out. We see if perhaps we’ve been triggered, or if something in our circumstances is causing us heaviness. But we lay it all out, taking a sacred pause, and then we get to choose.  


Personally, I’m deeply grateful for this wisdom. In my moments of motherhood where I am least proud, this practice invites me to offer myself compassion. And it also invites me to acknowledge what I need in a moment where I don’t feel like I’m being myself and I can choose to do what is most loving in that moment. When I choose to do what’s most loving, sometimes that means telling my kids that mommy has to leave the room for a minute and take a deep breath. And I know when I come back, I’m better and I’m better for my kids!


I also love this wisdom because it means it’s upholding one of my core values that I have discovered through the pandemic; acknowledgment.  This wisdom allows us to honor and see everything that we are feeling, thinking, and doing. Without attachment nor trying to fix. This wisdom and practice invites an honoring of everything that we are witnessing, even the messy parts.


And that’s when another incredible community member offered their wisdom; that it’s part of myself to be messy!  Yes! This resonates for me! They went on to say that they ‘aspire to be human’! I love this. Because to be human is to be imperfect with our perfect Selves! Another community member said “bless the mess”! Haha. 


Saucha invites the mess because we have the power to then clear the mess.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that our underwear drawer has to be neatly folded and organized where each pair can be seen, I’ll get to that later though. However, it means on the mental level that we see ourself not as a mess, but that we honor ourselves in unconditional acceptance for all of who we are and that we then get to choose who we are. We become clear, saucha, that who we are is that unchanging Light within. 


So bring on the mess because who I am is Light and love, and I can handle it! 


Back to the drawers! …

Source downloaded in me as I was moving through the physical practice on this Sunday morning, this insight:


“We each have a place. When we are ourselves we are divinely organized within ourselves so that we can experience love.”

A community member so beautifully added to this that ‘If we are not ourselves, how will the universe recognize us and be able to guide and support us’?  That brings me to tears.


This is a call from the universe to be seen.

This is a call from the universe to be yourself!

This is a call from the universe to be here, in this moment, now!

This is a call from the universe to acknowledge everything, and everyone, including yourself!


If I am that crumpled up shirt in the back corner of the drawer, hidden, then I cannot wear it.  It won’t be seen, nor will it be able to live out its purpose. It won’t be experienced in its fullness.  


And when I can see that shirt, and I put it on, then it gets seen. It’s purpose gets fulfilled! I might even get a compliment from it and then it’s purpose spreads its energy to me! I might even then choose to share the story of how I got the shirt!  The energy then becomes this infinite expression of joy that goes beyond just the shirt.  


You have an effect in this world beyond what you think!  You have a place and a purpose here.


So, perhaps entering more purely into the moment, acknowledging everything there, both within yourself and around yourself, truly can help support you in being your pure Self!


And think of what that could do not only for you, but the world! 


All my love,

Shawna 🙏🏻

What would it be like to be your Self all the time? What could you imagine might happen?

Mark Nepo wrote in his book “The Book of Awakening”, the following passage:

“Like that old saying, “Water fills a hole,” the ways of others will fill the space we live in if we don’t feel that space with our own authentic presence. For a long time, I thought that keeping who I am to myself was the same thing as being myself quietly. I discovered it is not.

Not that we have to verbalize or shout everything, but we do need to be fully here the way a cliff accepts a wave, the way a stem of clover grows into the one patch of light left in the forest, the way corn sweats its sweet moisture when no one is looking.

In truth, there are always two blood reasons to be who we are. It is how we find love, and it is how we keep the ways of others from sweeping us away.”

I have been processing and contemplating this passage for a week now. And there are beautiful nuances that have sprung up by using it in my weekly yoga classes.

I’ve actually never heard the term ‘water fills a hole’, but I am growing to like the metaphor more and more.

If I am the hole, what do I want to fill it with? How do I not only want to refill the well within my soul, but what do I want to put in my life? How do I want to fill my days, my thoughts, my heart? How do I want to fill the physical spaces that I live in?
Of course I want to fill all these things with goodness, love, creativity, fun, and light.

And, what if I am both the water and the hole? By noticing what I love to fill my days and time with, then I am entering into good relations with knowing who I am here on Earth. On that level of knowing my likes and dislikes, my preferences, and acknowledging what my needs are, and my desires are, I am like the water moving into the whole. I’m entering more into myself with each insight, acknowledgment, and choice that I make. I’m building myself up from the inside out. And at the same time that I’m getting to know myself by being that whole, I am allowing that which is all the goodness that I want, to come into my life. I am receptive and open, letting life fill me up!

Now, I fully understand what Mark Nebo was also getting at with this metaphor of the water and the hole. If I am the hole, and I just let others dictate my life, then that too could be seen as the water filling the hole. In this regard, who I am becomes what other people want. Who I am then gets swept away and I become what society expects of me. I become what society and culture impresses upon me and what society determines as acceptable. Others have filled the hole of my Being, not my own authentic self.

Do you want to choose the water that fills you, dear reader? Or are you going to allow society to fill you up?

Now, I love Mark Nepo’s metaphor of being fully here, like the Cliff that accepts the wave. I’ve been thinking about this in two different sides of the same coin:

  1. The image of a beautiful large cliff and the waves just hitting the cliff, then moving back into the ocean. The cliff is myself, standing tall in my beliefs and upholding my worth. The cliff is me standing in my Light and accepting whatever comes at me. Accepting whatever happens and not crumbling, but rather just noticing. Noticing and then letting the energy disperse away, so that it does what it needs to do, like the wave going back to the ocean. The cliff is not worried about how the water perceives it. It just accepts the waves energy coming at it and stays standing tall in its strength, wisdom, and knowing.
  2. The cliff does not take in the wave. There is an acceptance of the wave hitting the cliff, but then the water falls and gets sprayed back into the ocean. The cliff acknowledges the wave. And, the cliff does not become the ocean’s water. The cliff stays true to its form. The cliff stays true to its own nature. And yet, the cliff receives the wave. An unconditional acceptance of understanding that the wave has a right to be here too. The wave has its own nature and it’s own characteristics. It’s as if the two can meet and say, “Wonderful to see you!” And, “Like what you’ve done with the rocks!” And, “Love what you’re doing with the seafoam!” Lol! Love, acceptance, and staying true to One’s own nature while respecting others!

And then there’s the corn! The corn that’s sweating it’s sweet moisture even when no one is looking. It reminds me of the phrase, ‘dance naked as if no one’s watching’. What would it be like to truly be yourself all time? Even when no one’s looking? Even when everybody’s looking? Perhaps especially when people are looking?

Now, this line that strikes me every time…”It is how we find love, and it is how we keep the ways of others from sweeping us away.”

What a revolutionary thought that by being who we are, we find love.

I imagine that what Mark Nepo means by “two blood reasons to be who we are,” is that here on this earth, at this time, in our body, these are the literal and visceral ways that being ourselves helps us. By being ourselves, it draws the love that we could never imagine towards us. Not just intimate partners, but the love and support of the energy all around us. Whether it be friends, or becoming intimate with a tree or a flower, we start to become love, feel love, and experience love.

Being who we are, and continuing to hold curiosity as to who we are, is one of the best ways to not lose ourselves. To not lose ourselves to society’s norms, to not lose ourselves to becoming what people tell us we should be. To not become anything that we aren’t, nor were we meant to be.

Because we are each meant to be ourselves. The beauty of who we are and all of our characteristics, traits, attributes, talents, personality, beauty, and unique gifts. These span far beyond just a job, this is the essence of what makes you, you!

So, stay true to you!

Speak up when needed so you don’t get trampled over. Stating your needs is not being “out of place” and “obnoxious”. “For a long time, I thought that keeping who I am to myself was the same thing as being myself quietly. I discovered it is not.”-Mark Nepo

Even when it gets uncomfortable to do so, stay true to you. It takes great courage to really be your Self. It takes great compassion to really be your Self.

It’s like the cliff just accepting the waves… we don’t have to struggle at ‘Being’ who we are all the time. Being our Self might just create the greatest release, and move us into an ease of living! Perhaps by being who we are, nothing is a struggle anymore?! At least not to us. If others get uncomfortable with us, that is their stuff. Love them, accept them for who they are, and love yourself as well.
(I didn’t used to feel or speak this way, I thought it was pushy, loud, rude, and mean. But, I am learning to love my Self more and more, and finding that it is not rude to stay true to my Self AND love others, especially when we are different. I pray for acknowledgement, communication, hearing stories, understanding, and love from all sides. Honoring each other’s differences and expanding in gorgeous ways from it!)

I think of some of my beautiful friends who have changed over the years, as have I. And I have seen, and also personally experienced, great challenges in staying true to One’s Self.

But, I have also seen, especially from personal experience, how it has only attracted greater love than I could ever have imagined. And not only love from others, but a greater love for myself.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, as I will always do my best to love you unconditionally.

All my love,
Shawna Emerick
Breathe and Believe.
*Photo credit to my lovely husband, Geoffrey Enriquez, the trees, the light, and the leaves!

What effects are you wanting to create in the “shape” of your world and that of others, just like the waves shape the shore?  Email me and let me know.

A para-sailor glides over the cliffs as waves meet Moss Beach.  Moss Beach, California.
 

I’m just going to dive right in, pun intended. 😉

Choosing to be fully present to all of life. I consciously choose to be fully present to all of life. This means choosing to experience failure, grief, anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, frustration, and also excitement, joy, happiness, love, awe, and more. 

What I see, witness, and experience, and my perceptions of it all, create “shapes” of who I am. From how I physically hold my body, to the way the waves of my mind form; these “shapes” and “forms” also affect the “shapes” of my surroundings – my energy, body, attitude, emotions, and mindset affect the world and people around me.  I can move my chair to a new location in the room.  I can open and ‘move’ someone with a smile.  I can also witness how my own heart can be cracked open by a child being born, the loss of a loved one, a beautiful photograph, a moving song, or anything else that enters my world, my “shapes”.

Being out here in the west, in California, I have take much solace in the waves.  Waves of the ocean.  And also “waves” of thoughts, waves of emotions, waves of changes, waves of life’s shifting ‘forms’ because it means the erosion is happening.  New worlds are forming and I have effect over what shapes it will take.

I take solace in the waves because it is by their consistent erosion of the land, that the land becomes shaped. Breaking down rocks, moving sediment, shifting sand. It’s never ending, always reshaping a new unique form.  

Swim in the silence of your heart, take solace in the waves. To take solace is to take comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness. Offer solace. Solace as a verb is to give comfort or consolation to.  Offer yourself an inner sanctuary of solace.

Speaking metaphorically, when I am in a “low tide,” life can get pretty stinky.  No motivation, the uncomfortable energies of fear and uncertainty feel heavy.  But, I also forget what nourishment can come from other perspectives of this “low tide.”  Perhaps it is time to rest, to regroup, or to stop and look down instead of up; for when I looked down during the recent low tide at Half Moon Bay, CA, I saw and heard an immense cacophony of life! I saw hundreds of crabs scurrying around!  Life was living, moving, “forming,” even in the “low tide.”  It’s also when birds caught a lot of fish, and we can catch a lot of our best ideas during those moments of more stillness.

And then can come our “high tides.”  Rushing, goal oriented, seeking, motivated, and energized.  Focused and fierce, like the waves that get larger and larger.  Each crash seems to have more impact, and surges can happen as the ‘weather’, our actions and thoughts, pick up!  It can feel good, and other times overwhelming.  Instead of being submerged by overwhelm, may we remember we are always submerged in the divine; covered in love and protection.

These waves are guided by a pull, a gravitational pull, that is relational to the moon. I attribute this to our souls being pulled by the gravitational energy and nurturing embrace of Source/Universe/Creator guiding us to the shore of love and Self realization.

You have the same pull as the moon, the same power as the waves, and can effect powerful new “shapes” of your heart, mind, soul, body, and those of others. 

Sometimes, for me this feels huge, and too much for me to handle, because I desire to support all in feeling this infinite love within them self, so how do I do this!?  How can I create such change?  But, I know I can, if even for one!  And you can too!  You can do it for yourself.  You can do it for one person, and for that one person, it will mean the world!  The tide goes high, and I can and do!  The tide goes low, the wave as my Self, flows back into the arms of the ocean; I surrender to Love/God/Source.  

Remember, Source/God/Atman/Universe has been lovingly tugging all of us from the beginning. Source has always been shaping our ‘form’ to be of love, and for love.  Universe wants us to know we have That same power and energy to shape ourselves and the world.  We are made of the same stuff as stars; may we remember the Fireflies words from last week, “there is a fire in your soul – the seed of a star.  Focus on that and let your Light shine outward, fulfilling hopes and dreams.”

Here is a beautiful mudra, Uttarabodhi Mudra, that has been giving me solace to remembering my Light when I feel less than or overwhelmed.  This mudra uplifts One whenever down. It calms mind and offers that solace before taking on difficult tasks.  This mantra helps guidance us towards enlightenment and universal knowledge.  It’s a mudra to use when you wish to build self-confidence and remember your true self! It removes fears and reminds us to have faith.

 

Breathe and Believe.

Back Into the Light

We Can Get Back to the Light…

“The human soul is to God is as the flower to the Sun; It opens at its approach, and shuts when it withdraws.”- Benjamin Whichcote

 

“God, like the sun, emanates on all: on the hill exposed in the open, on the plant growing in the window, Even on the weed getting cracks of light under the porch. The same source of spirit emanates on our different lives, regardless of our circumstance. Thus our experience and perception of God in the world may be limited in different, may even change, but that doesn’t define or limit the Source.

 

And though the sun appears to disappear everyday, it is the earth that turns away, causing night. Likewise, when it appears that God is nowhere to be found, it is we, in the term oil of our lives, who turn away or are turned away and back, again and again.

 

But unlike weeds that grow under the porch, we can move back into the light.”-Mark Nepo, ‘The Book of Awakening’

 

The above passage was used in my classes this past week.  We had just finished the journey thru the chakras, and I felt there was so much we had all been through.  There is so much we could go back and dig deeper into, unpack, unearth, and shed Light upon*.  Intuitively, I felt we could all use a reminder, a breather.  And Mark Nepo’s book was calling me.  So, I reached for it from my alter, and of course, the first page I opened to was the message that was wanting to be seen, heard, and experienced.

 

We moved and breathed with our Light. We challenged ourselves to question how CAN we remember the Light is always shining upon us, no matter what?  And, how can we move our self back into the Light when we can’t see it or feel it?  

 

Occasionally I would offer these mantras that I had discovered in embodying Mark Nepo’s message:

“Love/God is always pouring into me and my life.”
“Love/God is shining upon me.”
“I am Love/God/Source.”
“God/Universe/Source/Love is a limitless source.”
“I am limitless in my capacity.”
“Love never turns away from me.”
“May I heal my hurts/wounds with love and remember my Light.”
“I can move back into the Light.”
“My I lift my thoughts to the Light that is always pouring into me and my life.”
“I am worthy.”
“May I let my Light shine.”
“May I allow my Self to receive the Light/Love of the Universe.”

 

How do you move back into the Light?  Perhaps movement, or meditation.  Maybe it is a walk in nature, to remember your own innate Nature!  Maybe it is shining Light upon someone else, and in doing so, your Light gets brighter.  Maybe it is remembering someone who loves you.  There might be as many ways to move back to the Light, as there are human beings.  Everyone can have their own way of returning when it feels as if love is not around.  For one young mother I knew, it was dancing with her little baby.  And, for another, it is sitting still on their meditation cushion. 

 

I asked most of my classes this week to think of one thing they could do this week that will move them back into the Light.  For me, it will be playing the song ‘Darling’, by Beautiful Chorus!
What will it be for you?

 

I cannot tell from week to week what any of you are going through.  And, we don’t often get the chance to connect deeply, share vulnerably, and be able to shine the Light upon each other.  I am creating an opportunity for that to happen in the up coming months…for us to come together, heart to heart, and to lift each other up to the Light.  And as we lift each other up, we are lifted our Self!  It’s not always easy, and sometimes complicated, but moving back into the Light IS always possible.  You are showing up.  To life and to practice.   And even if you do not feel like you are showing up, don’t berate yourself because of that; don’t perpetuate that cycle.  Rather, offer yourself patience, time, and love.  Start there, with love.  Sometimes coming back into your Light, remembering your worth and amazingness, is a process in and of itself.
“I got this.”
“Stay open.”
“Keep going.”
“Keep focus to the Light and the Love within.”

 

Our Closing Meditation:
Take a moment, breathe.  Become still, if possible.  Imagine yourself at one of your most favorite places in nature!  Envision yourself there.  Imagine the sun begins to rise, and casts its nourishing warmth upon you.  Be alive here, with all your senses!  What do you see, hear, taste, and smell?  What do you feel; around you, and within you?  What emotions?  The Light around you is the Light within you.  Bask here for a while.  Receive.  When you are ready to leave, take on last look around and offer gratitude.  This place is now a part of you, in your heart. You can go there anytime, and be in the Light.

 

The above picture is one of my favorite places in nature!  Sanibel Island, Florida.  And, yes, that’s me after my wedding in 2014.

 

Breathe and Believe,
Shawna

p.s.*Don’t worry if you are wanting to go back in, nourish what you had planted in our chakra journey, and ritualistically burn what was not working.  I have something in store for you this fall!  It is going to be a journey where all things can be brought into the Light.  A fully supported cultivation that allows your own Light to reveal to you what you are seeking, how to get there, and what you will need to shed in order to transcend, transmute, and transform! Feel free to email me if you are interested to learn more.

Muladhara Chakra

We have kicked off my annual Journey thru the Chakras in my weekly classes! This is always such a great opportunity for witnessing One’s Self, and checking in on what might be needed now for best healing practices.

I cannot believe that it was March 3rd, 2020, just over a year ago, that I had entered my Second Chakra blog into my website. This week, in May of 2021, we are diving into the waters of Svadisthana Chakra.

It would be two weeks later that would be my last class inside Mind Body Soul Yoga studio in Washington Heights. None of us knew all of what lay ahead. I still feel a little bewildered. No real time to process everything we have been thru and are going thru.  Have you?  Have you had any time to slow down enough to feel?  I am inviting that this week with second chakra, to slow down enough to actually feel what is within me.  I hope you will join me in practices!  And, if a retreat might be just the thing to slow down, please fill out my survey, which you can find at the bottom of this newsletter.

I want to share two poems that stood out for me with the first chakra, Muladhara/ “Root Support.”  Both are beautiful in their own unique ways.  I hope you will enjoy.
For all things first chakra, click HERE! 

But, before I share them, a first chakra quote from Anodea Judith:
“If we can replace unreasonable fear with reasonable faith, then we have a natural antidote to out first chakra demon.”
For more on Faith, read what I wrote by clicking HERE!

And some first chakra mantras just for you, from me:
“I trust my bodies wisdom.”
“I am here.”
“I am real.”
“I Belong.”
“I have a right to have all my needs met.”
“The Earth provides all I need.”

Enjoy these incredible poems that made me cry deep gratitude tears for First Chakra Essence:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/21/love-after-love-derek-walcott/

LOVE AFTER LOVE
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

THE HOUSE OF BELONGING
By David Whyte

I awoke
this morning
in the gold light
turning this way
and that

thinking for
a moment
it was one
day
like any other.

But
the veil had gone
from my
darkened heart
and
I thought

it must have been the quiet
candlelight
that filled my room,

it must have been
the first
easy rhythm
with which I breathed
myself to sleep,

it must have been
the prayer I said
speaking to the otherness
of the night.

And
I thought
this is the good day
you could
meet your love,

this is the gray day
someone close
to you could die.

This is the day
you realize
how easily the thread
is broken
between this world
and the next

and I found myself
sitting up
in the quiet pathway
of light,

the tawny
close grained cedar
burning round
me like fire
and all the angels of this housely
heaven ascending
through the first
roof of light
the sun has made.

This is the bright home
in which I live,
this is where
I ask
my friends
to come,
this is where I want
to love all the things
it has taken me so long
to learn to love.

This is the temple
of my adult aloneness
and I belong
to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

There is no house
like the house of belonging.

 

All my love and ‘root’ support to you,

Shawna

Breathe and Believe.