I had no idea I spent so much time criticizing and judging myself until I had all this free time because I had no mirrors. What I noticed was that I was in a better mood, my Chatty Cathy in my head was pretty quiet and instead of ‘looking’ I was ‘feeling’ and I liked what I was feeling.
I used to have a fantasy that aging stopped at the age you started practicing asana. I think this idea came from looking at Shiva Rea and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa; both of them are radiant, and really, when you look at them they're kind of ageless, aren't they? I could never really figure out just how old they are. Shakti is better than Botox.
You acknowledged the beauty of the physical treasures, and you've even made the vulnerable parts of me feel safe. I know you aren't complaining about what we've shared, but it has made me pause, made me think about what we've shared and what we haven't. The intimacy we share is remarkable, and it translates into ways of connecting that are out of this world, but there are gaps.
A million people wanting your autograph cannot compare to having one true friend. Believe in yourself or a higher power but let it be your choice not some mindless doctrine handing down by a self-help trillionaire.
What if the point was not to restrict myself to the chained-up life, but to journey towards the 'live free' life? What a concept. To think for myself, and pick things based on my true self and not based on the outside world. How freeing, how liberating, how amazing to be in that space.
This practice of revealing the less polished aspects of ourselves increases my comfort with pit stains during Yoga practice. The more I let myself be human, the more that sense of being at odds with myself diminishes.
Throw yourself into the world. How? Associate with groups that aren't in your background. I was raised Christian. If I didn't start hanging out with atheists, Buddhists and Hindus, I would not have discovered what actually spoke to me instead of what my mother taught me. Spend time collecting stories from people who are younger, older, richer and poorer. It's fascinating to know how people become who they are in the moment.
I lived half of my life thinking that everything that I saw with my eyes, felt with my emotions, and touched with my hands was all that there was for me to experience. Then I woke up. But, oh, that slumber was painful. Because I think that I knew that there was something else -- something bigger, more profound, more beautiful.
As the Moon fills, Venus moves into Cancer on May 30th and brings intensified feelings around heart and home matters. Sudden changes, fluctuations or shifts in our comfort level may arrive. What does your heart tell you about your needs for safety, comfort and support? It's time to create what you want and quit making excuses. Ask for the nourishment you need once and for all. Notice who and what shows up to support you. Let women, the arts, land, property and home help you get your needs met. Your creativity will be the ultimate determining factor for what you allow in and receive. Let your creativity help you thrive!
I suspect you would believe you have no value, focus on yourself as the problem, and become somewhat like an infected ingrown toenail -- always examining yourself for flaws and potential remedies to transform yourself from the selfish, self-absorbed person you are told you are into the normal person you are told you must strive to become, to be liked, tolerated and or functional.
Every challenge she survived had left its mark on her. The battered dreams, the falls from grace, the ridicule and attempts to bind had eventually torn the skin from her body and left every nerve exposed.
Here we are, living active and full lives. Why do we even want to think about death? Then it strikes. We lose someone we love and we are faced with contemplating death and the afterlife. Scientists, theologians, writers, musicians, poets, and artists have all addressed the question directly or indirectly. It is at the core of organized religion's belief system, one that I grew up with as a Presbyterian. We believe that when you die you go to heaven. But what exactly is heaven?