Remembering What's True

Maybe we forget just so we can remember...

To remember is a type of liberation. And perhaps the liberation wouldn’t feel so sweet had we not felt stuck in our forgetfulness for a while. 

There are times where you may forget your strengths or the lessons you’ve learned along the way. You may forget the wisdom you have collected and have moments where you feel like you have done no personal growth work, or even moments where you feel like you have regressed. This could show up in relationships, in your meditation practice, in your yoga practice, in your job, or somewhere else in your life. 

You might be someone who handles these moments with grace or maybe (like many of us) you find them a bit disheartening or even frustrating. Either way, consider them a gift. 

Just as nature moves in cycles, so do we. No matter how long the night, remember that each passing moment brings us closer to dawn. 

The birdsong is most beautiful on the first sunny day after a storm. The truth of who you are as spirit and all the incredible gifts and wisdom you have gathered throughout your life is sweetest in that first moment where the cloak is lifted and you remember it all again.

Allow yourself to be moved by the energy and pulse of that remembrance, for it is the truth and the truth sets you free. Give yourself the freedom to ask the important questions:

What support do I need to move forward at this time? Ask for it. 
What things do I need to do to honor my well-being? Do them. 
What words need to be spoken? Speak them. 
What decisions need to be made? Make them. 

This Sunday is the New Moon in the warrior sign of Aries. Astrologer Virginia Rosenberg shares that this is a time to "be true to yourself and what you stand for. Adapt, and embrace the irresistible facts of life: desire and change." In a moment like this may we be grateful for those moments of forgetting: for how they make us stronger, help us find clarity, and for how they make the remembering that much more potent. 

As you make your way into the weekend can you give yourself time to ask the questions above? One of our favorite places to ask such questions is on the yoga mat, so maybe we'll see you there. 

Wishing you many moments of remembering and the ability to find gratitude in it all.  

With love,

Choose Love, Even Now

On March 20th we gathered to celebrate our evolution into Ritual. Thank you to everyone who showed up. The studio was completely abuzz from the love and joy in the room and the reverberations have continued to be felt ever since.

The highlight of the evening for me was the Despacho Ceremony, a tradition I learned from one of my teachers. We practice Despacho to establish what the Shamans refer to as Ayni- which translates to right relationship. It helps to teach us the importance of gratitude when moving through life's many experiences; the pleasurable as well as the painful. Gratitude helps us to honor each stage of the journey as valuable. 

The ceremony begins with an invocation known as Calling in the Directions. You can read almost the full invocation here. The part that is not included on the link is the invocation of the Heart Teacher. We call on the Heart Teacher to say thank you for reminding us to always ask ourselves, in the good times and the bad, “can I choose love, even now?” 

As our city is at the center of national news, this question rings loudly in my ears. Regardless of belief, opinion, or side many of us can feel the palpable ache that recent events have caused and brought forth. While passions can enflame actions and words, what would happen if as a city we took a pause to ask ourselves that question: “Can we choose love, even now?” And in this case, what does love look like?

Interestingly, today happens to be the Blue Moon in Libra. Libra is the sign most interested in peace, balance, harmony, and fairness. As I ponder what it takes to achieve these qualities, I realize that a sense of community, open-heartedness, and the willingness to listen to one another are essential. Our individual roles and influence over these big issues may vary, but as we bear witness to what is happening in our city, perhaps what we can do is anchor in the question, can we choose love, even now?

Read more here about the Blue Moon in Libra as shared by Virginia Rosenberg. Keep scrolling to see April's special events and additions. May they support all of us in accessing gratitude and choosing love in our lives. 

With all my heart,