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, the Year of the Dragon and the first time I was introduced to the Dragon Dance was in 2012, 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.
Since then I have come to realize that everyone does the Dragon Dance a little different, and yet it is much the same; each dance is graceful, beautiful, sad and joyful all at the same time. I wish you that beauty and grace through all of your joys and sorrows today, tomorrow and every day to come. Life is short, you might as well enjoy the dance.
Meditation: Remember the past and visualize the future. And then be sure to dance today.
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With the most gratitude anyone could ever offer, the light in my soul sees, appreciates and loves the light in your soul. Live your best life today. Namaste.
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.
Mindfulness: If you ever feel you do not belong, it is a signal to find gratitude. The ultimate measure of success is one’s level of gratitude for everything from the ground we walk on to the beauty that surrounds us to those who offered us opportunity along the way or walked by our side. Acknowledging with gratitude is like adding tools to your toolbox. What are you grateful for today? Who gave you a chance?
Take time each day to ground and feel your connection and your belonging to your community and to this amazing earth. Once you succeed and reach your goal it will never be a full success until there is gratitude. Show your gratitude by grounding and planting roots and seeds of your success.
Movement: Physical – Root Chakra Asana
Meditation: Be moved by nature and connect with this earth with gratitude.
More: Seed #7 Ground with Gratitude. Be fearless because you belong. Ground your feet, grow your roots and share you seeds of success.
I AM HERE TO FEEL – and it is through feeling that we create.
This chakra is not only our sacral chakra, it is sacred. This powerful seed goes one step beyond “doing” or “acting” because it involves relationships with others, and when we involve others we automatically create. This is your connection to desire and to others from the deepest part of yourself. So much of today’s seed can be paralleled with migrating birds who fly in a V formation; this why this seeds is: Know your V-Code.
A V-Code is a sacred contract with yourself for yourself and for others. It is a guideline for yourself that defines your boundaries so that you can let go and feel desire and passion, in this honouring your feelings, yet not necessarily act on your feelings. There is such wisdom in our sacral chakra and it needs to be heard – and it needs to be tamed. Your V-Code is not about building brick walls, but drawing definite lines in the sand that are meant not to be crossed without much consideration. It is a commitment to take care of you and your tribe.
The freedom to feel is the greatest gift. And our next gift is to develop self-control and make conscious creations. This is the best gift we can give this world today – and generations to come.
Because we are now creating and involving others we need to define how far we will go to please or disappoint, to be right or to be happy, in order to fulfill our own desires. I firmly believe in win-win-win and this is what this code must take into consideration. It a promise 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, because of what is created.
Mindfulness: Asteya means non-stealing. Do not steal from yourself, which could mean wasted energy or opportunity. Do not steal from others, which could mean taking what is not yours, over-controlling situations or “over-helping,” which results in another not gaining the life experiences for growth or development. And it is not stealing, wasting or taking more that you need from the earth.
Asteya asks that we have faith so that we all can have freedom. It asks that we uphold personal boundaries and that we revere the boundaries of others. We don’t always know the greater reason for occurrences or circumstances, so it is taking a step back and allowing others to have a complete journey, just as you have your own.
If you or a situation is not flowing and there is much resistance, something has to let go because that is not the way life should be. Perhaps you need to let someone else lead for a while and take your position at the back of the pack. And while you are there, re-energize and learn from those in front of you so that when the day comes for you to lead again, you have the skills and the vigour to do so. Trying to lead when you are lacking the energy is stealing from the entire team.
Movement: Social – Sacral Chakra Asana
Meditation: Life is not easy, so be sure to take time to restore so that you can face the challenges. Spending time in meditative stillness and silence prepares you for the ebbs and flows of life.
More: Seed #5: Write out your V-code which will allow you the freedom to fully feel desire, passion, anger even rage – and yet what is created, the end result, will be lifting up or allowing yourself be lifted for the preservation of energy, for efficiency and for the ultimate reward because you have limits and boundaries. Know your boundaries and lines in the sand so you know when it is time to let the weakest link break away or when they just need some reinforcement. Allow yourself to fully feel, while remaining consistent and without the expense of creating something you don’t really want.
Example: Love and Loyalty go hand in hand. Remain loyal to what you love and to whom you love. Act lovingly to what you are loyal to and to whom you are loyal to. Let this form the foundation of your V.
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.”
And yet, 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, leaving us with a feeling of discontent out of fear of making the wrong choice, so we hang on. We get pulled in by advertising and then we are shamed with opposing advertising. Success requires us to ingest, process, absorb and then let shit go with confidence and relief.
Mindfulness: The goal is for you to shine in every way you possibly can without shame. This means that your light shines not only enough for you to clearly see what is right and that it can also become a beacon for others. What gives you that painful feeling of shame and what can you do to stop feeling this? It may have become a habit to feel shame, so perhaps the change needs to be made in self-acceptance and your level of perfectionism. Perhaps it is time to accept that you just might step out of line once or twice out of 35, 000 and give yourself some grace. On the other hand, we can blame our pasts only so much until it is time to realize that we are the only ones in control of how we act. One’s ego can be very high maintenance, which can be very expensive emotionally, physically and monetarily. This is what feeds the shadow we call shame. What are you doing that is feeding shame? Whatever it is, in order for you to truly succeed and to shine, let it go.
Shining a bright inner light also requires us to be brave; brave enough to do what is right – and right is the key word because what is right? Right is the choice that aligns your mind, your eyes and intuition, your voice, your heart your gut intelligence. Shining without shame may involve disappointing another or others; therefore, you must be brave and confident enough in your own light to let another down or even to look like a failure or a fool at times because you know that you have not failed, and that eventually this choice will become a beacon of light for others when you lights shines brighter than ever.
You have to be able to breathe in and breathe out without pain – fire needs air. Shame is defined as a painful feeling, and anyone who lives with it knows this. Go back to each one of the seeds and ask yourself what you need to do to truly obtain success and to shine with purity and grace.
Our solar plexus is where many of our sympathetic nervous system nerve endings come together to tell us if we should fight, fight or freeze. If you are living in pain in this area your body cannot function properly. Make a promise to your entire body and being that when you feel pain in this area you will step back and re-evaluate. This is our brain-gut connection. Your gut trusts your brain and your brain trusts your gut and this knowledge is where power comes from.
Movement: If your physical core needs strengthening, begin with strengthening your emotional and mental core.
Meditation: If we are really to make conscious choices that lead us to shine without shame, we must make them with our mind and Our gut intelligence – that place that really tells us right from wrong, whatever that may be for you. Remove all of the other voices and listen to you. The best way to tap into this inner wisdom is through daily meditation.
More: Seed 5: Shine without Shame for freedom and resilience.
“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-not area. But, it is also our mid to lower back, which is just as important to keep strong. When we relate this to our life, it brings to light that what is behind us, our past, is very significant in how we stand, move forward and 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.