Now that the holiday madness is over and life gets really quiet, it’s time to focus on how we’re living
our precious lives- and I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions either.
If you’re reading the signs, it’s everywhere-in plain sight…
In the season of dark and cold, we celebrate light, evergreens and the birth of hope.
We give gifts.
We sing praise to what is holy and sacred.
We actually stop our craziness for a day or two and honor this seasonal point of passage.
But, really, this is only the beginning of a wonderful journey through our own dark passage to our own rebirth.
Don’t jump back into the hustle and bustle full force just yet.
Schedule a little extra time to practice, meditate and journal now and through March.
Here’s Your Practice…
We’ve got three moons of winter to surrender our compulsions,
to will ourselves into whatever we’re calling a practice and Truth,
to drop into the deep stillness and listen,
and hear the call and find the light.
The time of the greatest external darkness
is the time of the greatest internal light.
This last solstice and new moon mark the true beginning of a new cycle of
stepping into responsibility and manifesting your gifts. The January full moon
offers an opportunity to align our lives with our hearts desire and illuminates
some possible structures you can create to support that unfolding in real life.
Follow the heart’s true calling. Build the form to contain it. This is the theme for 2015.
Here’s Some Inspiration for Your Journey…
The following poem, The Alchemy of Yoga, is my gift to you.
It’s a Manifesto for your Heroine’s Journey to the Goddess-in-You.
There is also a print-worthy PDF copy to hang on your wall and be your journey’s ally.
THE ALCHEMY OF YOGA
The alchemy of yoga is that it teaches you how to
make art out of your life.
First you learn how to inhabit your body
and bring the light all the way down to your feet.
Then you learn how to bear your cross
and keep on walking – head held high.
In time, you learn how to bear witness to the unbearable,
and offer the perfume of your medicine with every exhale.
At last you take your place in the sisterhood of shamans.
Run to the pain, not away from it.
Use challenge, disappointment, illness and loss to temper a heart broken open.
Rest in the center.
Locate yourself the space inside and outside and you will find the threads,
To weave you back into the fabric of life and meaning.
YOU ARE ENERGY,
And energy wants to move,
To fulfill itself by returning to Source.
Karma is not personal, it’s just energy wanting to go home.
Run to the habits and pain and open the space up,
for your vision to become your future.
Where do I begin, you ask?
Begin with what is already here, revealing all the places where you contract
away from life, where you are over-burdened…
And begin with what is always here, as your essence
aching to come into full, glorious bloom.
Begin with your body.
Begin with your energy.
Summon the sleeping goddess, Shakti, hidden inside you.
Divine Mother, Goddess of Creative Force.
Genius is your highest energy.
Purpose is it’s expression.
Be the artist of your life,
And light it up with an unmistakable radiance
Rooted in infinite space and eternal time.
Cultivate your Life Force Energy.
It is the most empowering act a woman can do.
Be the well, the river, the spring of this flowing energy.
Embody your natural, confident, sexy power -whatever your age.
And you will know:
This is who you really are.
You are wise.
You are a force to be reckoned with.
And in your timeless commitment to calling forth your beauty, truth and goodness,
You become the Artist of Your Life.
The Alchemy of Yoga
The Energy Yoga Therapy Manifesto
by Elizabeth Andes-Bell
With palms together,