The year 2000 was the Year of the Dragon. It was also the year my beautiful daughter, Marina Jane, who passed away in 2008, was born. Twenty years. Twenty years goes by faster than we can even imagine doesn’t it? Where were you in the beginning of 2000? Where are you now in 2020? Where will you be in 20 years from now? Flow with with the rises and falls and simply enjoy the dance.
Mindfulness: Today is the day you get to open the letter you wrote yourself at the beginning of this 20-20 Yoga & Meditation. I hope you are inspired. I hope you are loved. I hope you are ready, more than ever, to just be you. I hope you will write yourself another letter and begin this program again, perhaps with your partner, your children, your work or play team or just with you in your jammies.
Movement: Yoga can be a beautiful way to express. The year 2000 was the Year of the Dragon, and the first time I was introduced to the Dragon Dance was in 2012, which was also the year of the Dragon. Afterwards, I laid on the ground and cried. Each time I dance this sequence, I know tears are sure to flow as beautifully as the asanas.
Always remember to ground with gratitude with each successful landing by planting your feet, growing roots and most importantly sharing your new seeds as you shout, “Thank you for allowing me to belong.” And then, prepare to step, leap or jump once again.
Love’s companion is loyalty and both are grounded in gratitude. Live fearlessly with love and in loyalty.
I AM HERE TO FEEL – It is through feeling that we create.
This chakra is not only our sacral chakra, it is sacred. Today’s powerful seed goes beyond “doing” or “acting” because it involves relationships with others or spirit– and when we involve others, we automatically create. Our connection to creativity comes from our desire to explore new waters and it stems from the deepest part of ourselves that longs to experience, to push limits and go deeper into the unknown. Because of this, we are called to ask ourselves how far we are willing to go to honour what we feel. The answer will be in how much we trust ourselves, allow ourselves to trust and, therefore, be trustworthy, in order to create a masterpiece built on faithful vulnerability and passion – always with boundaries, not brick walls.
Our freedom to feel and the ability to forgive, yourself and others, are the greatest gifts we have been given as humans. The next is our ability to develop self-control, in order to make conscious, lasting creations – with feeling and forgiveness. This becomes understanding; this becomes a code of understanding.
Much of today’s seed of trust can be paralleled with migrating birds who fly in a V formation. What is created depends on our ability to lead and to take time to rest, both done with honesty and trust – to ourselves first, which directs or dictates the wind of honesty and trust with others. This why this seeds is: Know your V-Code.
Your V-Code is a sacred contract with yourself, for yourself, and for others. This guideline, or these rules you have for your own life becomes the line that you will draw in the in the sand of your boundaries, so that you can let go and simply feel. From there the decision will be how you choose to act. The wisdom within your sacral chakra knows that this line may become obscured at times from the tide or the wind, simply because it is sand, which will open the flood gates for your innate and natural longing to connect to something greater, with the safety of also knowing you can close that gate at any time and reset, which is why it needs to be tamed. Your V-Code is a promise that you will take care of and be loyal to you, and therefore you will be loyal to others within your flock.
Because we are now involving others and we are creating through this chakra, it is important to define how far we will go to please or disappoint, to be right or to be happy, to give and to receive, in order to fulfill our own desires and ultimately the desires of others. I firmly believe in win-win-win and this is what this code must take into consideration. It is a commitment to always look for the three-way-win in every circumstance. Even though many contracts involve only two parties, there is always a third that is also being affected. Be aware of this; of who and how your agreements affect and what this creates, now and in the future.
They say that humans can make up to 35,000 choices in a day. That means that we have 35,000 opportunities to shine or shame. Shame is defined as, “a painfulfeeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour.” Shame is more than a painful emotion, it is also a physical sensation that is brought on by stress or distress.
We are here on earth to act and do – we are made to act and do. So why do we carry so much shame? Perhaps it is because of the constant bombardment from the media and the outside world, which creates a lack of listening to our inner wisdom and voice. This can leave us with the constant feeling of discontent or failure because of the fear that we have made the wrong choice – so we hang on too long, do what we are told or we try to do it all – all out of fear of being shames; even when we know it is not the right choice, which is the real definition of shame.
Give yourself permission to shine. Give yourself permission to succeed.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Even though flying seems like the more difficult part, true success depends on the groundwork – the grounding. This includes what you do in the present in preparation to soar, as well as planning how you are going to land.
In gymnastics, before one is taught how to fly, they are first taught how to jump, how to land – and how to fall. How aligned you remain the entire way, from beginning to end, will determine the landing. groundwork – the grounding – and what you do in the present as preparation to soar and planning how you are going to land. I still call a wheel a bridge, because of my past as a gymnast, which was my introduction to learning to build strength, balance and flexibility in order to ground, fly land and fall – and get back up.
Mindfulness: When you say yes to something, you say no to something else. Be sure that what you are saying no to is not your purpose, your essence, your dharma, your gift or what you know. And be sure what you are saying yes to is part of the solid foundation you will need when you are ready to fly.
What do you need to stop saying “yes” to because you think you “should” and yet it leaves you frail and empty? What will you start saying “yes” to because it is what you know in your entire being and it provides you with strength and empowerment? Each of us has a unique and individual gift, what is your gift? Say yes to that.
We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are. –Anaïs Nin
As you begin to really open in your body through yoga and your mind through meditation you will notice a greater need for self-awareness throughout your days in order to avoid confusion, congestion and sometimes confliction – inner and outer. Things that used to be “normal” may no longer seem so and situations that may have bothered you before, you no longer notice. The next seven days will focus on the present and the power of the present. Today we will work on being present, enlightened and aware – without attachment.
Mindfulness: What do you know for sure today? Why is this understanding or knowledge important to you? How did this come to be? What transformations have you noticed take place already in the past week: body, mind and soul?
You have a right to knowledge and understanding and then you have a right to detach from all that it brings. Believe it or not, you know things that others don’t know because you know it as you. As much as there may be a responsibility that comes with knowledge, there also needs to be a surrender. Learn to let go so that you can just be present in the knowing. You don’t need to change everything or anything in one particular moment, change happens over time. In order to be the change it has to become who you are.
When we think about or hear the word “core” we often think about our front six-pack area. But, it is also our mid to lower back, which is just as important to keep strong. And, it is everything inside that area, which is the majority of our digestive system. When we relate this to our life, it brings to light that what we put in us and what is behind us, our past, is very significant in how we stand, move forward and area able to face what is in front of us. No matter what your past involved, let it be part of your strength for your future, not a weakness, by releasing the toxicity and keeping the vitality.
Mindfulness: Transformation is constant because it is a result of change, and change is the only guarantee in life. Without change, there is no life; therefore, whatever transformation you are about to embark on, make it part of the twists and twirls and swirl it into the dance of your life. Make this transformation part of your forever dance.
It is not possible to get to mid-life and not have experienced some sort of trauma; whether that be physical, emotional or mental. That is what makes us perfectly human. Exercise is proven to be medicinal for healing, but some disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – or a recovery of any kind, often requires times of less intensity and more gentleness.
On the path towards our dreams sometimes we must reconnect. The word stray is a significant word on this journey to our dreams. One of its synonyms is isolate, which is very telling as to what happens when we are lost in life. When one has wandered too far in a wrong direction there is a loss of connection with one’s self, others and the Universe – with God. Isolation leaves us vulnerable to become preyed upon and fall victim. And it can occur in any aspect of wellness.