“Every moment there are a million miracles happening around you: a flower blossoming, a bird tweeting, a bee humming, a raindrop falling, a snowflake wafting along the clear evening air. There’s magic everywhere. If you learn how to live it, life is nothing short of a daily miracle.”
We are living in very interesting times.
For many of us, what we are currently living is not unexpected. I can’t say I knew how exactly miracles and transformation would happen and it’s not my business or interest to know the “how” but I did feel the build up and I did feel it coming.
I knew that spending a month in an ashram in India was the right thing to do. I knew the timing of the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 was the right timing for it too. I just knew.
There was so much that was out of my comfort zone and challenging for me during my 32 days with InteYoga at the ashram of Swami Krishnananda. The living conditions were extremely basic for a spoilt European who is used to hot showers, washing machines, comfortable mattresses, a bedroom all to herself and has never shared a dormitory with 29 other women. The daily routine was alien. Mornings started with a bell at 5am, followed by shatkarma purifications or internal yoga and pranayama. We had two meals of Satwik food a day. No toxins; sugar, alcohol, caffeine etc passed these lips. Two hours of lectures about anatomy and physiology or the yogic traditions, history and practices saw me sitting cross legged and attentive under a ceiling fan with lizards intermittently dropping from the roof. My greatest challenge, and what nearly broke me the first week, was the 3 hour yoga class from 7am to 10am every morning. I was the oldest student by 3 years and man did my body feel it that first week. Old injuries flared up. new injuries appeared; I honestly thought I had a hernia. My neck seized up as did my left rotator cuff and I couldn’t get comfortable on either hip to sleep peacefully at night.
But you know what?
I wouldn’t change a thing.
I am healthy. I am at peace. My thoughts are razor sharp. My memory is clear and vivid. I worked through loads of emotions & past wounds. Cried tears of pain & sorrow. Meditated. Manifested. Created visions of my future present reality.
What are my take aways from this wonderful, wondrous experience?
*** Life is simple but us stupid humans can’t help messing it the F**K up
*** Following the rhythms of nature is best for our bodies & our bodies are the temples for our souls. Nature knows best
*** Visualization is key to creation. if you can see it, you can create it. Whatever IT is; a lover, a partner, a home, a business, a life
*** Always thank those who have caused you pain. It is because of them that you have learned lessons and evolved
*** Take care of your parents. They sacrificed themselves to give you the very best they could at the time. They made difficult decisions for you and often put themselves and their own needs last
*** Don’t take yourself so seriously! Honestly; you have this luscious life which is a gift so live it lightly and with mucho laughter
*** Yoga has the answer. If you are lost, get on your mat, move, stretch, relax, go inward. The answer is always there
*** We are crazily disconnected; from ourselves, from our planet and from each other. In these troubled and unprecedented times, it is clear to see just how disconnected as a race we have become. Connection is absolutely vital NOW
*** Heart breathing is powerful. When your mind is whirling and spiralling out of control, reign it in by breathing through your heart. Place both your hands, one on top of the other, over your heart chakra. Breathe in and breathe out in long, slow and mindful breaths and feel how it settles jitters and restores clear thinking and feeling
I am not into scare mongering or panic. I an an empath and an intuitive. This is just the beginning of a difficult period in human history and it will get worse before it gets better. Keep yourself informed but avoid fake news. Keep yourself mentally healthy through the practice of whatever works for you. I know that being isolated at home is not easy. Not for anyone. Not ever. Sing, dance, listen to music, chat with friends but don’t go down the negativity spiral. Exercise, sleep, eat well, be grateful for all you have. Look after yourself and look out for your loved ones.
All is well.
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