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Reflection

from a seeker who inspires further seeking

Love First

Both Rilke and Hesse press the importance of fostering awareness, especially through the mothering of nature—be it the plants and animals or our internal natures that are remembered once we have the courage to feel. In order to share our discoveries and teachings we have to create division—and, we must remember the world is never one-sided. Everything is already and always everything.

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The Lotus Heart

Perhaps what the Anahata chakra and hrdayaravinde are offering is the reminder that the heart has no boundaries and, like Shiva, can remain pure through our involvement in the world (Shakti). While the lotus remains untouched by the mud, it is firmly rooted in it and nourished because of it. The natural force of the heart is to commune between the unseen and seen—the roots and the blossom, the muddy waters and the air above, our samskaras and the greater cycle of samsara. This allows for an all-inclusive totality—a space that offers union through separation and difference.

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Felt Sense

This sense of giving is showing up all over my personal practice and teaching recently—how can I allow for a subtle shift that furthers my opening? How can I adjust my structure slightly so the fluidity and subtlety of the pose bloom? Twisting actions, in particular, offer the opportunity to turn potential stress (often concentrated in the sacro-lumbar and sacra-iliac regions) into holistic connection.

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SATYA

Oftentimes the yamas and niyamas stray into intellectual exercises, so I find my practice has been my greatest teacher—the knowledge of whether something is in alignment with satya bubbles up from my recognition of a felt experience, receptivity of it as it is, and the ability to be with whatever is arising without needing to change anything. It is a sense of realness, of depth that doesn’t leave room for nicety or indulgence.

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The Essence of One's Self

On these New Moon days, I am drawn to the stories of Sarasvati—the Mother of the Vedas, keeper of Brahma’s creative energy, creator of the Sanskrit language (as well as the Devangari script), and goddess of all that flows (within and without). Her siddhi (blessing) is to inspire the flow of creative energy.

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A Bridge to This Moment

To all of the women in my life, known and unknown, I want to gently remind you that there is no right way of aligning with the moon. While the more yin qualities of the new moon often make it easier to embrace a more restorative way of being, the more yang qualities of the full moon may make it easier to shine in the areas of your life that require light.

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The Importance of Recognition

Ben and I are essentially using a gratitude and grinning practice to help us curate all the (in)significantly (extra)ordinary parts of our wedding—if something doesn’t flood us with excitement then it is nicely asked to leave. We have gradually envisioned our decorations with the intention that all can be enjoyed long after the actual celebration.

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Thresholds of Being

I’ve been mulling over doing by not doing (the Taoist philosophy called Wu Wei) alongside what I like to call thresholds of being. Not doing is such a paradoxical concept for our doing-focused culture—it certainly was for me. Action without strain is perhaps more ease-full for our minds to grasp (just remember graha, as in aparigraha, and loosen your grip on any mental attachment to understanding).

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Align with the Resistance

Mary Oliver said, “attention without feeling is just a report.” Sometimes it’s necessary to write a field guide but, the gift of our senses is their allowance to pause—to just be with whatever is. When we enter the sanctuary of the heart and are courageous enough (bolstered by our inner fire) to feel, that’s when we can ask a beautiful question, connect to devotion, to mystery.

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