I hope you are all enjoying the blossoming of life around you. It’s so green and beautiful here on Vancouver Island, and nature is just bursting forth with so much beauty! I can’t believe that I haven’t shared in so long. It’s been a time of great growth for me (for us all I know), and I haven’t made the space to connect in this way. This may change, as I am trying to write and connect more with my global community and many of you are not on facebook, perhaps the newsletters will be shorter, but more frequent. There will also be some exciting news to come in the months ahead as I share some of the evolving flow of my service here in this world.
For the time being though- what a ride we are on! Wow.. Life is just amazing, in all its experiences, as challenging as they may be. I hope that wherever you are, that you are blessed in your health, surrounded by your family and held in the support of nature. Know you are loved.
Going With The Flow
The river of life winds through the landscape of our lives, carving out the most momentous opportunities, in ways we could never expect or plan for.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s a true gift to be in the flow of life, allowing it to take you to each next step. That’s probably why I like travelling so much, as you wind up in the most miraculous places and meet the most amazing beings. And yet…the flow is in every moment, in every space, in every connection. It is the essential nature of life itself.
As I contemplate this energy and its presence in the day to day, I smile as I notice how much I struggle against its natural currents. Or how sometimes I feel like I am held in place, treading water, and yet, change is present, the flow continues, always moving. There is flow in everything. The one thing that is constant is change in this never ending flow of life.
This past year for example, on so many levels it feels like we have been in a standstill, ok, maybe a giant whirlpool, and yet there truly has been so much movement.
I reflect on the amount of shifts that I have experienced in this past year. Every part of my life is different, from the foundation up. I have been immolated in the fire of initiation, and am still awakening from it, not yet ready to fly. I would be as bold to say that every key area of my life and being has been touched and changed fundamentally in some profound way, in ways that I could never have imagined, and would probably never have chosen, and yet so it is. So I rise, so I allow this tidal wave of life to move me.
I know I am not alone in this, I know many of us have been dancing in the flames together, being reforged for our next steps, letting go of that which is old, and opening to that which is not birthed yet. We are part of the wave of the new world. We are the ones we have been waiting for, and the time truly is now, as cheesy as it sounds.
Yes my human self would rather be travelling the world, sleeping on sacred beaches, dancing free in the wind, and connecting with my global community in person- feeling freedom in each beautiful breath. And yet here we are in this moment, in a flow of change and birth that is bigger than anything we have encountered in this lifetime, and it’s magic, even in its moments of darkness and uncertainty.
This is the flow, this is life, and this is what we came for. So in this moment, I honour each of you as a spark of the divine, and am so grateful for your presence, we are all in this together. Connected in a global family, to grow, to change, to support, and to open our wings as we rise from this fire of great metamorphosis together.
Recipe- Sauteed Spring Greens
I love springtime- It awakens my body and my spirit from the deep slumber of winter, and opens me up to the delight of new beginnings. The earth’s energy is so bright and alive, and my garden is full of life both in flowers, and with an abundance of spinach and kale.
Energetically it’s a great time of year to eat green leafy foods, as their bitter taste cuts through any old heaviness, stimulating digestion and creating flow. They are also filled with fresh life energy of spring.
This is one of my favourite recipes at this time of year. It’s great with any type of greens and can be a side dish, or a main part of the meal with a grain and some protein.
2 tsp ghee or oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 big bunch greens (chard, kale, spinach collard greens, nettles)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime
Wash and chop the greens coarsely and set aside. Heat the ghee/oil in a large skillet and add the turmeric and saute for 30 seconds. Add the greens, salt and pepper. Stir fry on high heat for about 3 minutes. Add 4 Tbs of water and place a tight-fitting lid and steam for about 5 minutes. Take of heat and add lime juice. Serve warm
From Happy Belly, Happy Soul by Aparna Ishvari . I love this cookbook, it’s one of my gotos for simple and yet divine meals.
Medical Qi Gong Exercise
Old Man And The Pearl
As many of you know I have been taking the first year of a 4 year Medical Qi Gong Program. It has been amazing journey so far- it’s a course of energy medicine rooted in Daoist Shamanism, and I am already weaving its powerful practices into my client work.
In the course we are not only learning to work with people by distance and in person through deep energy sessions, but we are also learning to teach exercises that support well being and health in the body, working with the 5 element system. I thought I would share with you one of my favourite exercises- The Old Man And The Reflection Of The Moon At the Bottom of The Tide Pool. This practice releases stagnancy, grief and opens the heart to its innate Joy, using sound, visualization and gentle movement.
We also bring down the heavens to support our nervous system, and reset our Wei Qi Fields.
I would love to answer any questions you may have, and hear what you noticed after doing this practice- feel free email me if you would like to share. It’s about 20 minutes long.
Monthly Sacred Circles Via Zoom
Monthly Sacred Circles Via Zoom
Ongoing- The Third Tuesday of the Month- Next Circle- May 18, 2020
4:30-6:00 PST/ 7:30- 9:00 EST
These Circle’s have been an amazing way to come together in global community during this unique time that we are in. These circles are always heart centering and an experience of powerful energy work. They are also deeply relaxing, restorative and filled with light. We would love for you to join us if inspired.
In these gatherings we come together as a group- taking time for silence and whatever sacred tools want to come through- mantra, breathwork, Healing Light Yoga, energy attunemnents and more. Bring a journal, and have a comfortable place to lie down.
There is no suggested donation for these sessions- all are welcome- and yet if you are inspired to make a donation let me know and I can send you my paypal/etransfer info.
If you would like to join into community support outside of the group meetings the facebook group is here- https://www.facebook.com/groups/318152348587143
Weekly Yoga Classes In Person and Via Zoom
Wednesdays 4:40-6:10 PST/7:40-9:10 EST
Live Outside Classes in person at Centennial Park in Downtown Duncan, and via zoom/recording weekly available anywhere in the world.
Harmony Yoga is such an amazing place, a beacon of light for my local community, and with community health restrictions it is now closed for the 3rd time (for 2 months this time). If you are drawn to take aclasses online, or to come in person in the park, it will help support this beautiful business in staying open for the months to come. All the teachers are amazing, if my time doesn’t work for you, and joining in will help to keep this beautiful centre open, its so needed for our health and wellness. Thank you for your support.
Flow with your breath. Connect with your spirit. Move into your being. These classes are great for all levels of yogi, offering a challenge to those more experienced, yet very accessible to the beginner. Flowing at times, we learn to be with our breath, our body, and our thoughts as we melt into the asanas. Experiencing the moment, opening the heart and the mind, and accepting the energy of being where we are, at the same time creating strength, stamina, and flexibility. Always infused with spirit and bliss, and lots of smiles:) Yoga poses, pranayama, and relaxation are all experienced in these classes.
All classes are recorded if you can’t make the live time.
Thank you so much for sharing your time and your energy with me today. I wish you all the beauty and joy in your journey as it continues to unfold. Know that we are all riding this wave together, each in our own beautiful way, and that we are all connected. beautiful waves on this ocean of life.
In light and love