This week I am in Joshua Tree, California attending the 2019 Global Inspiration Conference (GIC) – a gathering for breathworkers from around the world. There are more than 25 countries represented and 250 incredible breathwork facilitators sharing their teachings, ideas and gifts. Pure magic.
I wanted to share some words from a master teacher Jessica Dibb that touched my heart and moved me deeply. This, to me, expresses the essence of the breath so beautifully.
Every cell of this body
Every feeling of this heart
Every thought of this mind
Every atom of this soul
Every action of this lifetime
This sacred Breath.
May you be inspired to breathe consciously today.
A couple of weeks ago I sent out an email called The Fundamental Practice – which speaks to the art of slowing down. I’m curious if that newsletter resonated with you? Have you been able to be a little more purposeful in these past several days about pausing and just being in the moment?
Maybe you find that difficult to do. Maybe it is your intention, but the next thing you know the whole day has flown by and each moment was jam packed. Happens to me all the time.
So I am going share a little secret that helps me. And you need just 3 things:
- a moment of your time
- a pen
- several sticky notes
This is what you do, write the word BREATHE on a bunch of your sticky notes. Then I want you to put one on your computer, one on your bathroom mirror, one on your coffee machine, one in your car. Put one wherever you are regularly in your day.
And when you see this note, start to train yourself to take one conscious breath. 2 breaths. 3 breaths.
That is all it takes, 3 conscious breaths to slow down the sympathetic nervous system. In less than 20 seconds you can drop into a sense of calmness and presence.
Try it and notice if your capacity to slow down, even just 5% more in your day starts to happen. Take some pictures of your sticky notes and post them on my Facebook page. I guarantee the effect will be nothing short of magic.
On Monday I received the heartbreaking news that a good friend of mine suddenly fell very ill and is in the ICU. The unexpectedness of her illness has hit me quite hard and I’ve been experiencing many waves of sadness over the past couple of days.
I’ve also felt called to drop deeply into my body to feel and experience her in her aliveness. To pause and just let myself feel everything – the emotions and the sensations that become available in a moment of presence. As is said, life is indeed precious. Pausing, sensing and just being makes me feel more connected to my dear friend.
It is easy to take life for granted. I do it all the time – life is happening, often like a whirlwind and rarely slows down. And it is often only when there is some terrible misfortune that we briefly acknowledge how fragile life is.
I invite you today to drop in and appreciate your life, your body, your capacity to have a human experience simply because you are a miracle and are worth honouring.
- Sit in a quiet place where you feel comfortable and close your eyes.
- Take a few deep breaths, inhale through the nose and sigh out through the mouth. When you feel more relaxed and settled, come to breathing in and out through the nose.
- Notice now, how you are feeling…. how you are doing right now in this moment.
- How does your body feel? Scan your body for a moment now, starting at your feet, simply noticing how your body is feeling. Continue scanning your body, moving upward until you reach the crown of the head.
- Visualize that your crown is opening and above you is a beautiful column of light. Receive this light in your body from the crown. This light is filled with the luminous qualities of appreciation, gratitude and honouring.
- Let this light, like liquid honey, pour into you – filling every part of you from the head all the way to the feet. Notice what this feels like. Create even more potency by using conscious breath to activate the healing qualities of this light.
- When you are full take your hands to your crown and stroke/touch the entire body as a blessing. Enjoy.
- Finish with a few deep breaths and when you are ready, open your eyes.
If you enjoyed this meditation, why not call a friend and offer to guide them through experience this as a gift of recognition for their presence in your life. If you do, I’d love to know how it was received. Just hit reply to this email so we can connect.
I just wrapped up an incredible experience with an amazing group of women who were beta-testers in the first secret launch of the Embracing Shakti Movement – a 13 Day Journey celebrating Shakti. This experience asked them to carve out 10 minutes a day from their lives to devote to themselves, their bodies, feelings and exploration of their Shakti, the energy of the divine feminine.
Some of these women were new mothers, mothers of multiple children, busy career women, and all of them recognizing the importance of taking even a few precious moments in their life just for them. But it wasn’t easy.
If you are like me, your days are filled with continual movement: mental planning and worrying, habitual talking, fixing, adjusting, solving, phoning, snacking, discarding, buying, and countless other ‘doings’. It is rare that consciously remove ourselves from autopilot.
What if we were to intentionally stop our mental processing and continual busy-ness for a minute or two, and simply pause, drop in and notice our inner experience?
In 2 days, it will be the Winter Solstice. The word solstice comes from two Latin words meaning ‘sun’ and ‘stoppage’ – this will be the day that the sun stops moving South and reaches its lowest point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Cosmically there is a momentary pause as the Sun stays in a fixed position for a period of 2-3 days and before rising a fraction once again on December 25th. A suspension between the solar inhalation and exhalation.
It is a reminder and an opportunity for a sacred pause in our own lives to embrace stillness and inward reflection. It can be as simple as taking 10 conscious breaths. Slow, soft, gentle breaths in. Slow, soft gentle breaths out.
Notice if you also feel called to construct a ceremony that authentically speaks to your appreciation of all that is. To really drop into the collective spirit of humanity, and honour all that nourishes us – the oceans, the air, the trees, the four-legged, two-legged, and winged. This is a time where all expressions of love are revered and appreciated.
And to heighten your experience, the full moon on December 22 joins the supergiant red star Betelgeuse in Orion – which is associated with great power, honour and wealth. So, follow your intuition and be open-minded about any unexpected opportunities that arise. New people or even a new attitude could lead to pleasant surprises with your career, finances or relationships this Christmas.
This is a great moment for all of us. Honour it. Make time to commune with great mother, great father, and the life that breathes us all.
In so much gratitude for you!
As we shift into this final stage of 2018, this is a perfect time to reflect on the past year’s triumphs and lessons, create sacred time to connect with family and friends, and begin envisioning your growth for the coming year.
This new moon in Sagittarius on Dec 7th is the optimal time to take advantage of this opportunity to dream big – with larger-than-life Jupiter ruling this lunation.
Like it’s archetypal symbol of the archer, allow yourself to be honest with yourself on what you’ve been truly wanting to experience, learn and receive and pull back your bow. Aim and release your arrow towards the nudges, inspirations, and hidden dreams still tugging at your soul.
AND there’s a call to deeper exploration… beyond just worldly things, what are the greater lessons, insights, and wisdom you’re wanting to embody. The archer is also half-man, half-animal – so this symbolism asks us to not only get clear on worldly desires but also spiritual ones.
Are you desiring:
- To feel more intimately connected to your sensuality, expression and body?
- To release inhibitions in speaking your soul’s truth and desires?
- To feel freer in how you live your life?
For the month of December, I invite you to join me in celebrating this past year’s successes, insights, and journey along with setting strong and clear visions for our 2019.
PART 1 ~ SHAKTI MANIFESTATION FLOW RITUAL: Celebration and Reflection
So often, we can be in a hurry to accomplish, create or move onto the next phase of our life – without honouring, celebrating, and reflecting on the current stage or process of our journey.
Where you are in your life, is the manifestation of many dreams and intentions you’ve held in the past?
Now is the time to honour this.
In this ritual, come to acknowledge and celebrate ALL of the growth and progress you’ve made emotionally, spiritually, and physically to get to this place, right now.
PREPARATIONS | PART 1
Set your sacred space and really allow for an hour or two. Make tea, light candles, and grab that box of tissues. This is a love ceremony by you and for you…honouring yourself from a space of full appreciation takes precious time.
Take some deep breaths, and really drop into your core, into your heart, and into your yoni and womb space.
Using the microcosmic orbit, cycle your breath up the front and back of the body and allow it to circulate through your being.
Coming into your heart space, really reflect on the journey you’ve been on over the past 13 moons (13 months):
- What major things have you experienced and grown from?
- What deep limiting beliefs and ideas did you release about who you are and your worthiness?
- What beautiful insights did you glean about the power and potency of yourself?
- What revelations did you experience about how life is here to support you and the power of community?
- What special messages and affirmations from Spirit have you appreciated?
These, my love, are to be expressed through your written word. Place these words and the paper it’s written on, on your sacred altar.
Watch my next email for the second PART TWO of this POWERFUL RITUAL, so you can start 2019 off with closure, celebration and aligned clarity.
love & pranams,