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Why not go out on a limb?

Isn’t that where the fruit is?  ~Frank Scully

I read this over at Re:Focus:

 Just as there is much more of an incentive to lose a few pounds than to stay the same weight, just as there is much more of an incentive to run your next race faster than to  run it at the same pace, the incentive to improve is always more powerful than the false incentive to stay in one place, even if it’s the best. (emphasis added)

 

In my life at this time, I have been wading into this jewellery business for the past two, two and a half years.  Really just dipping my toes in to see how the water is, while at the same time gripping on to my yoga teaching lifeline. Since I am a bit of a rolling stone, I have been uncharacteristically a bit afraid to take the next steps, to leap, to forge ahead.   

Life is full of momentum and opportunity, should we only choose to seize it.  It is a step by step adventure, a string of NOW, this moment, that we, each of us, continue to create.

And so, I opened my hands and let go of my yoga teaching. 

I had to. 

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ~ Alan Alda

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

The other day, I wrote how being static can be suffocating.  This year, I am finding growth and new directions at every turn.  Life seems to be moving along, lickety-split.  I am learning and trying new things all the time.  Somehow, I am feeling different – more sure, more vibrant, more….me.   While I am not 100% finding this easy, I am willing to go along for the ride. 

More than that, I am driving this bus.

Like a chrysalis, the rapid growth for me has been quite an internal process – behind the mask, the spirit has been working; an internal metamorphosis. 

And now I am ready to burst forth into the light.

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No Static

Static  /ˈstæt.ɪk/ 

Adjective

  1. unable to change
  2. fixed in place
  3. having no motion

Have you ever wished for time to slow down?  Or for things to be “the way they always were”? 

It’s true, we live in an ever-changing world, and sometimes it feels that the pace is about to overtake me.  That I can’t keep up. It is then that I wish for a bit of peace, maybe even for homeostasis  or equilibrium. 

But NEVER do I wish for a static state. 

Because without the ever-changing, ever dynamic world, there is boredom.

Without change, there is no learning.

 Without change, there is no growth.

And then where would we be?

Suffocating…

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There’s gonna be some change around here

I mean around this blog. 

I started up here mainly to record the 101 days of Bikram.  The joy, the tears, the passion, the pain…well you’ve been reading along so you already know.  I wanted a record that wasn’t just in my memory banks.  And blogging seems well, so mainstream these days. 

I am AMAZED at the blogs out there…everything you could ever think of has a blog.  And every blog is as different as we are people.  It’s kind of crazy, this public profile we put out there for all to read.  I could spend days lost in cyberspace blog land.  I have to be careful of being led down that rabbit hole, however…I am easily distracted by fun stuff and OOOHHH shiny things.  Especially if they are within a keystroke reach. 

So, my secondary motive for creating this blog was to actually see if I could do it.  To see if you would read, comment, and maybe follow along with me on this journey we call life.  I wasn’t expecting much – the 101’ers perhaps to check in since we are linked on the home page.  Others, however have stopped by, commented and I am grateful for that.  I have also been amazed at what touches people – what gathers comments and what doesn’t (you know when I think I’m being brilliant, perhaps not so much, haha). 

In that weird cyber-space way, blogs create community.  I see it on other blogs, especially when we allow our personality to shine out of the blog…when we, blog writer, are putting ourself out there for all to see whatever is on our mind and in our heart.  The connection goes beyond, sometimes meeting the face behind the post in person.  And, I have heard, the connection is still there. 

I have been enjoying the blogging, more than I thought I would.  But, hey, I’m Gemini and I’ve got “communicator” in my blood and I am at least in part a closet writer.  (I tried to throw myself into a writing career, but it didn’t take…I still like to write, obviously). 

So, the blog will indeed continue.  You will continue to see posts on yoga and you will see posts on other areas of my life.  Most notably, my business.  Besides a yoga teacher, I am a jewellery artisan.  I make and sell silver jewellery.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to my business in a more formal way, including pics.  For now, you can go here and check it out. 

I promise not to bore you by pushing my wares on you.  I promise to strive to be entertaining, insightful and fun by writing about things that matter – i.e. LIFE. 

I hope you will stay tuned. 

PS:  I’m still learning all the blog functions and having fun trying to figure it all out, so if things pop up, disappear, change colour, it’s just me playing around until I get the right feel.  🙂

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Through the looking glass

What do you do when the past comes crashing forward on your present?  Do you wish you were back “there and then” – like highschool (not in a million years!)?  Do dig out all your old photos and reminisce?  Do you cry, yell, laugh? 

The past, well I cannot change it.  I can relish it, even embellish it.  I can snuggle in the warm cozy feelings and ignore any part that was unpleasant.  You see, the year I spent away was life, magnified.  Because it was a different culture, a different land, a different language, family, everything.  Although it was not all rainbows and sunshine, every single moment was part of the adventure.  It was all new. 

How to harness that feeling, that outlook, where everything is new, everything is an adventure.  Because it is.  We seek out sameness; we feel safe when there is no change, nothing to rock the boat.  And yet with that steady sameness comes boredom, a musty, attic-like feeling – closing in on ourselves. 

Time to open the curtains and windows to sunlight and fresh air – dust the attic.  See things, events with new eyes.  In a very real way, this wave of the past has brought me into the now. 

Now is what is important – for if I am to look back fondly on now, I need to make it count, to make it real.

To make it mine.

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Oneness – Wholeness

I rolled over to my side to make savasana a wee more comfortable.  The tattooed, rasta-haired woman next to me had placed a large amethyst crystal on her forehead, her third eye, and was calmly resting.  Wow, I thought, haven’t seen that after a Bikram class before.

Amethyst  is said to balance the energies of the intellectual, emotional and physical bodies.  Over the last few days, week, there have been several “signs” that have come up for me that is about balance.  I read Shakti Gawain, and lately her posts have been about masculine and feminine energy that is in all of us, and balancing the two energies out.  Yesterday, I was in my favourite local bakery to have soup and indulge in a brownie, and was reading the Tofino Times – finding an article on “Yin Yang – Rediscovering Balance”. 

You think I should pay attention???

Of course this is not the first time this has surfaced in my world.  The article describes it this way:

The concept of yin and yang is inspired by nature.  The Chinese character for yin literally translates as “the shadowy side of the mountain” whereas the character for yang means “the sunny side of the mountain.”  Yin (the dark half of the symbol) is associated with cold, potential, stillness, darkness, within, feminine, winter and the moon.  Yang (the light half of the symbol) is regarded as warmth, expression, activity, light, outside, masculine, summer and the sun.  All things in nature  have a yin aspect and a yang aspect.  These two aspects are opposing but fundamentally interdependent; without yin there could be no yang and without yang, no yin. 

I have also heard these energies described as “east” and “west” in terms of philosophy and ideology .  Shakti describes them as “being ” and “doing”.  I tend to have a very strong intuition, am creative and have imagination.  I am Gemini and have the dual nature – I have developed a very strong activity “doing” side.  It has been partly survival – “doing” is  how we behave in North America.  In many ways it feels as though my doing has eclipsed my being.  Yet my being is strong; it bubbles up, making itself known, insisting to be heard.  Insisting to be acted upon. 

And there in lies the key.  Balancing the energies by acting on the intuition – allowing the sensing to find the path, giving all to take the steps.  

Too many times, like steeling against future pain, I have allowed the doing to take the steps without checking in, fearing some future consequence or outcome. 

Yoga has helped me to tune back into my inside, my heart, my intuition and I am getting better and better at acting upon it.  So much easier to do this when it is work or career or livelihood.  So much harder to do it in relationship. 

But it is coming, I know it is.  Faith.

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Understanding me better

Today, I found myself irritated again.  I was irritated with someone else and with a situation.  “Just figures” I thought – “can’t believe it – I knew this would happen”. 

Then, I realized – it wasn’t “them” that I was irritated with. I was irritated with myself.  I am feeling pulled in two directions, even though I know I made a good decision, the right decision the other day.  I really enjoy teaching, being in the hot room, guiding others and seeing their practice grow and the glow in their faces.  I also enjoy and need the other, the business, the creative.  Sometimes I wish I were two bodies, so I could do more of both (I have a dual nature already, being Gemini).  Yet, I know that is not the answer.   

I can only say that I need to be pulled right now, so I can continue the testing of self, the growth, the change.  I know now is just a transition for me to something else…on the journey, on the road to who knows where.

No moss gathering here.

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