July Newsletter- Comfortable With Uncertainty

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IMG_5992Namaste

I hope this newsletter finds you in a beautiful space, wherever that may be.  I can’t believe it is already almost July, what a full, and busy summer it has been.  I have been blessed with lots of physical flow in my life so far this summer, so enjoying the travelling and connections with friends and clients.  This travel has allowed me to embrace the strength of the city, and the also the amazing depth of knowledge of so many Ayurvedic Practitioners, and Doctors, at the AAPNA conference in Vancouver a few weeks ago.   Just to be balanced out with the quiet calm connections of community and deep natural beauty at Quadra Island last week.  Such different places, and energies, both filled with exactly what I needed at the time.  I am excited to be doing further travel this summer in August, teaching a Yoga and Ayurveda Course in Portland, Maine.  I can’t wait to spend the time with my mentor as well as share in spreading the knowledge with the students, there is space available if anyone is interested, and it can be done online too:)

Things as always are lush and beautiful here at the Hawthorn, we have been blessed with our early planting, eating abundantly from the garden already- Beets, Carrots, Peas, Broccoli and more greens than you can imagine:)  We even have some small tomatoes on our early plants.  I feel as the seeds from the garden produce, so too are the seeds planted in my being.  Movement is starting to stir inside, and the spaciousness is beginning to show its potential.  I am in the midst of planning some retreats, hopefully I will get the dates out soon.  A Cowichan Valley retreat in September, and maybe someplace more tropical in February or early March.  I am very excited to watch things shift and grow.

This month’s  Monthly Meditation Morning  will be held Sunday July, 14.  There will 3 separate sitting periods: 9:00- 9:50, 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50.  Drop in for any one, or stay for them all.   This space is for any silent mediation type, no experience necessary.  Its a beautiful opportunity to sit in silence and just be, with all and anything that is.

IMG_7070Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay,  Mondays, and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00, it is right outside by the seaside, weather permitting. It is a lovely class, great for all levels, and a beautiful community to practice with.

As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space.  ConsultationsAyurvedic CounselingTarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.

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Comfortable With Uncertainty

Sacred MudraAs summer comes into full swing I am noticing the beginnings of new movement in my being.  Almost as if I have been in a gestational period and that new life will blossom forth soon.  The spacious peace that I have been experiencing is deepening and shifting to an experience of great vibrations, and of powerful energetic movement. I trust that this will in time be mirrored in a more external way as well.  As I feel this expansive energy start to awaken in my body, it’s not necessarily comfortable, it doesn’t feel so safe or controllable, instead it feels like a river of movement that will flow where nature takes it.  I notice it more as sensations in my body, a feeling in my chest, perhaps a tickling in my belly.  Is it excitement, is it anxiousness, or is it just energy flowing?

The first thing I try to do is let go of the labelling of it, and just acknowledge its presence.  What is my mind going to do, but create a connection to something in the past, probably something fear based?  Instead as I just notice the energy, even deepen my experience of it by bringing my awareness there, it shifts into a fuller experience.  That experience is not always the same, and I remind myself to let go of any judgement, to notice what happens, and to let it follow its natural course.  Sometimes the sensations soften, and disappear as the energy moves and shifts, at other times it may become more intense, and bring back powerful memories, or stronger sensations in the body, before transforming into a space of openness.  Other times it just seems to stay around, reminding me of its presence, letting me know that there is energy building, making its self known.   As I let go of the judgement and attachment to it I become fascinated by the sensations that it brings, the way that it feels, and the way that I experience and react to it.

Its important to remember as things shift and move in our lives and around us, that we are never in control, that we never really know for certain what is going to happen.  At times when things start to move, when life gets a little wobbly or even if there is just a new feeling of energy moving through us, we are thrown into the knowledge of our tenuous hold on things and that can create the feeling of a tailspin.  Its so easy to feel safe and in “charge” when life is still, but are we ever really?  When life moves, when energy shifts, when something is born into being it can be scary, overwhelming, and filled with uncertainty.  There can be feelings of fear, mixed with excitement, adventure mixed with trepidation.  These times are a wonderful opportunity to dive in to your awareness and let go of any sense of control, to play with the sensations of emotion, to open yourself to all the possibilities.  Anything can happen, at anytime, and as we hold onto a feeling of what needs to be, or play into thoughts of being in control, we just set ourselves up for suffering and disappointment.  When energy starts to move, when life flows, whether easily or in a challenge, explore the moment, play with the sensations, acknowledge all of the emotions, and embrace the uncertainty- its a great reminder of the life energy flowing through us.  Trust that nature will lead us exactly where we need to be.  That we are exactly where we need to be, and that being in control of that is just an illusion.

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Recipe Of The Month

Our garden is bursting with peas at this time of year.  Planted in early March, they have grown taller than me, and their abundant white flowers keep popping with tasty sweet pods.  We have both snap peas and shelling peas in the garden.  They are delightful to add to any meal, adding fresh energy, and sweet enjoyment.

Seared Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil,coconut oil, or ghee
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 3-4 scallions or green onions, sliced on the diagonal
  • Salt
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemon juice to taste

Directions

1 Heat a large sauté pan on high heat for 1 minute. Add the olive oil to the hot pan and heat it until it shimmers, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugar peas and toss to coat with the oil. Sprinkle salt over them and toss again. Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute.

2 Add the green onions and fresh ginger. Toss to combine. Let cook for 1 minute. Toss and cook untouched again, this time leaving everything undisturbed for 2 minutes.

3 Turn off the heat, mix in the lemon zest and mint, then add black pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve at once.

Enjoy

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IMG_5350As always, I thank you for your time in reading this.  I always appreciate your comments and your feedback, and I look forward to connecting with you again soon.  Let me know how you are doing, and open your heart to the possibilites of connecting in a Yoga Retreat sometime soon, whether here in the Valley, or someplace warm and tropical in the winter.

Above all, encourage your being to enjoy the flow, to feel the changes, and to embrace the uncertainty~ every moment is fresh with possibilites, and we never know what will happen, so remember to take time to pay attention and to enjoy the journey:)

Much Peace

Asrael

 

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