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.
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 – 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.
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.
“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.