Topsy Turvy

When we take the time to simply be in the moment, without rejecting our fears or omitting difficulty, we grow our capacity for tumultuous times. ⠀

Even when there is doubt or confusion we can come to see through the lesser truths with great clarity. We can navigate the external variables of change with more precision and sharpen the needle of our internal compass. ⠀

Life is at times an uncomfortable journey. Obstacles and self-doubt present an invitation to grow and to learn what self-confidence and balance feel like when operating between our inner and outer world. ⠀

What drives your action? How do you move through experiences that touch and test the tender parts of you? Are you staying present for what's happening? What is motivating your interaction - fear or self-love?⠀

Take the time to remember what you wanted - the part of you that wanted to come into this world. The part of you that continues to birth herself anew. The part of you that grows through conflict. The part of you that understands.⠀

Steep in the deep waters that churn while learning how to nurture yourself - it is a delicate unfolding. Walk through your mind, notice the quality of thought, acknowledge the chatter, choose space, allow what is essential to reach you. Walk with the grace that holds you.⠀

Your soul has taken many steps to be here now. Every breath offers us a renewed sense of our choices. We have access to understanding any time we make the journey home inside ourselves. Practice going to and dwelling in the place of your most authentic self. Be honest. See yourself as you are. Be kind. Receive her.⠀

How do you choose to arrive at the threshold of your truth? What daily practices bring you back to the precipice of wonder and rediscovery within yourself? Notice: what keeps you from following your inner guidance? 

Try not to deny any part of yourself while remaining open to others. Let them show you who they are. This is how we grow and become wise. We listen. We center. We observe. We connect. We learn how to stay with the process. We learn how to love again despite our wounds.


Even amidst uncertainty we can find and choose clarity. Come back to the where there is ease and you will gain your perspective. Navigate the power of yourself to know what is true. When we are honest with ourselves about what we want we can cross over any terrain of doubt with unwavering presence. ⠀


Presence & Vision

 

"My Dear, you have been escalating your presence and vision, your purpose and your reason. All is well with the work you have done. Now it is a matter of finding a happy home for the work you have to offer. It is a time of nurturing those seeds, watering the ground and giving light and breath to your ideas. So, it is also a time of planning. Envisioning with implementation. Do the research that is necessary so that your decisions are well informed. Pause first and then consider the openings that are offered you. Where will your efforts feel most welcome and appreciated? This may mean looking outside of your familiar networks. There is much being revealed to you. Contemplate with love in mind. If you are willing to commit know this will be for the long term. A relationship you will want to foster and see grow into the light of its own beauty. As this endeavor flourishes you will blossom too. For now keep your eyes open. Be aware and stay realistic of the obligations and demands that are upon you. Honoring the responsibility you have to these new projects is good. If you feel a heartfelt connection it becomes a worthy cause. Follow through. Be mindful. In order to catch this bigger wave of momentum you must remember to adhere to what is required of you on the ground. Details are important. Stay on task. Establish necessary boundaries to help shape the essence of what it is you are creating, find the flow and let it be seen and received by the world."

Ocean Embrace

"31 May 2010 at 20:52
Something about the sound of the ocean, the inner rhythm, the waves
misting breaking an edge within me. It’s a hypnotic peace. The wind
was strong today and carried the salt water by sea as if the dew were
a kiss to heal. The embrace of time was swallowing and beautiful. I
have finally softened, unleashed and opened. Breathing into my own
presence again. Uttering sounds of relief amidst the unwinding of a
young heart. I am happiest here. At home with myself, I feel into it
all so deeply, wading the waters of she, the one who knows her self in
silence. This time apart and of growth has invited so many questions.
My process continues to unfold alone and I try to embrace the paradox
of what I thought I knew with what I do not know anymore.

Feeling it all I am both overwhelmed and emptied. As your memory passes through me I churn and hurt with awareness. It is all too clear and my own worth and knowledge deepen.

This truth burns like a fire and any illusions melt away.

Letting go is the alchemy and in this new light my own skin turns gold. However much I
do not know it at the time. I pulse like a frequency through various shapes of consciousness until I pause and listen for a voice to tap through."
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#photography by @michellisphoto .
#words by @practice_seeing_beauty

Empty before you Begin

 

I can feel the cold damp air around me. In a library hall I pick out a book off a shelf and do not know what it says. I blow the dust off the cover with my breath and begin reading what seems to be a book with no words. Its pages are blank, cream colored and thick, soft to the touch and old. As I flip through the pages I begin to understand, words unseen. Letters and script begin to appear but only on pages already turned. The only words I can see are the ones in hindsight. 

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Patience as you move through this next phase of the process. The story is being told to you and revealed. Nothing can appear that you have not already created. Whatever you need and want let it bear fruit. Let the work create you.

Place your desires on the fire of your heart. Manifest from the deep soul waters inside. Employ the vast scope of your mind to see with one eye. Your third eye sees it all into being. Act accordingly with your daily practice and write down good notes regularly. Keep track. Observe. Letting go of the old ties that bind.

Empty out the avenues of thought and feel into the spaces in between. This is the pivot. The mark. The beginning. Create from nothing. Befriend your doubt and become a measure of audacity.

Transformation

Photograph: Andrea Frade, Self-Portrait 2001

Photograph: Andrea Frade, Self-Portrait 2001

 

This was me many years ago. Before yoga, before even art school. I woke in the morning with an incredible recognition today. These images I created are more relevant and powerful to me now than ever before. Wild how things come full circle unexpectedly.

Before I began teaching I was in search of the language of intimacy, the soft space of what it means to be known, from the inside. This was and has always been the driving force behind my work as an artist and now as a teacher and writer. Yoga for me is just another means to an end, the end goal being a forceful passionate and exhilarating understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive, what it means to be a woman, in a body, with biology and a deep fierce soul.

This is my work, my craft, my art, the essence behind my movement practice, the motivation to search and seek and find, to lift the veils. It is all a means to understand and touch into the core of our being here, the fabric of aliveness. Our conscious experience of grace.

I feel so grateful for this tender awareness and sacred process.

To awaken the beauty that dwells within is the art form, and it lives and breathes within each of us. It is our vulnerability and the generous nature to our truths. It is the marrow of love in all the ways we remember who we are through our own becoming. For therein lies the greatest wisdom.

A Firm Persuasion

photography by Leigh Aschoff

photography by Leigh Aschoff

 

"... a firm persuasion. To have a firm persuasion in our work - to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at exactly the same time - is one of the great triumphs of human existence... Life is a creative, intimate and unpredictable conversation if it is nothing else, spoken or unspoken, and our life and our work are both the result of the particular way we hold that passionate conversation."

- David Whyte, from his book Crossing the Unknown Sea

Infinity Moons

Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama   

Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama

 

In a room with infinite sides a hall of mirrors surrounds you

Kaleidoscopic reflections of you in mind, body and soul

You are her,  

every woman that you see

You are life

a perspective

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Never before has there been a time where the inextricable link between self and other is being recognized as a key form of necessitated power. 

The intensity with which we feel at this time is like an explosion of stars within our galaxy. A new view has come into being. An adjustment has been made. And though this undercurrent has been a long time in the making, it appears to us suddenly as if for the first time, unexpected, unwanted, delivering the call for radical transformation. 

This monumental time of change calls for the ability to see into unifying principles. The laws of nature which govern us all as moving breathing particles of HER own body, a movement of unified presence. 

Though you may be feeling a ferocious sense of uncertainty with this world, your interpersonal work will impact the wider scope of humanity much more than you can imagine. At the cutting edge of change things feel reckless, off the cuff and unwarranted. Like they don't belong. Remember it is not your task alone to save the world in one day.  In the face of this fragmented reality it is crucial that you remain responsible and in tact with your vision. Remember what makes life thrive? 

The more you connect in the more human understanding can grow around compassion. 

The way forward stands within the resounding ground of your own heart. The work to be done first is always an inward journey. Love in action is now a lesson being learned. In order to identify your most powerful position you must learn that your specific gifts are useful for all involved. The qualities to emphasize here are all in support of a more compassionate world view. This is a communal effort.

By recognizing the direction in which you are headed you will be able to identify healthy patterns of thinking and effective ways of problem solving. What must I put into place now so that I can assist future generations to have a world that belongs to them?

What you are healing now is something you may not be privy to seeing in its entirety. What you are healing now is for generations to come. 

What you wish to see unfolds in the soul. For within it lies the seed of everything. 

The pulse, the life, the breath, the vision, the hope. 

The space of creation.

 

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Wisdom for the Crescent Moon

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“If one completes the journey to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else.” - Thomas Keating -

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From the darkness of two veils, on either side, the light parts the way ahead.

From here you walk alone into a room all your own.

The pathway is illuminated. Your birth rite is bestowed, no longer hidden.

 You are revealed. This crescent moon.

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With the blessing of newly uncovered gifts you recognize the many heartfelt decisions you have made to move into this place of new understanding.

You may be feeling like some loose ends need to be tied up. This is natural when we are in transition.

Give yourself time, walk the line of your process and discover yourself along the way. This is the beauty of transformation, each step you take crafts your journey ahead.

Softly lay down what is behind you. Acknowledge how all the ways of love are lifting you higher to show you the view of a new way. This has been a long time coming. Stay true to what you know, for your heart is the architect of your world.

Be kind to yourself in moments of doubt. The past is past, feelings are powerful but they cannot derail you without your permission. Feelings are great teachers and can guide you to a more enriched experience if you let them.

Be with the foresight you have to let the flow of change carry you forward. There is an immense flow carrying you forward and it is urging you to be more yourself than ever before. Listen and look within these details. You know this rhythm well.

Take time to bathe in this young light of the crescent moon. Its light is faint and precious. Enough for the eye to see the presence of your newly born perceptions.

Insight has a beginning place here. At this time it can feel as if our hearts hang in the balance between past and present, keep choosing the You you want to become, allow for that yearning to have resonance in the world.

Be with your thoughts, motivations and intentions. Meditate, journal, go walking in nature, connect with your surroundings and others in pleasurable ways. In this young new light of you, voice yourself in silent prayer.

What will be moved forward from within you will also be the force that guides you forward. 

There is not much effort needed at this time only a willingness to pay attention to the subtleties at play. Remember there is something so very gratifying in the space of silence.

For the week ahead take sufficient time to nurture yourself. Slow down and notice how you move through this world. Revel in the sweetness of good company, friends and loved ones. Take hot baths, drink teas, make delicious soups, warm yourself with the spices of Autumn: ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Find delight in the season of turning inward. 

Listen in to the whisperings of your heart, witness the part of you that longs for deep connection. Honor your vulnerability, cradle these tender moments of awakening while harnessing your creative talents with attention and delicacy.

 Weave the balance between inner /\ outer realms. It is time for integration. Observe the relationship you have with your-Self and see through the lens of reflection. Learning from all of our partnerships to see the other as mirror, as teacher.

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Freyja

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

 "Freyja, the norse goddess of creativity, love and beauty, shows that true power lies in the ability to discriminate between aggression and passivity - and the ability to choose between them at the right time” - from The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr

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Notice where you are not so easily forgiving

Notice this young place within yourself

Notice how this hidden knowledge corresponds to any part of your understanding that has felt hurt, abandoned, hardened or alone

Gently shine a light to this place

Quietly, acknowledge what it needs

How does this place feel inside your body?

What do you need to heal for beauty to return to a sound and wholesome state of being within yourself?

What mis-perceptions can you forgive so that the truth of understanding sets you free?

It's time to let go.

The truth is present for you

Be with that

Be on your way

Embrace this change

All healing is change

 

From resistance to allowing

From refusal to acceptance

This new moon