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

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.