Wow, another year is with us, and it is time to look ahead and create the foundation for your path. How will you travel this year? For the Chinese it is the year of the Rooster. In tantric numerology it is a 10 year – an ‘all or nothing’ year. What does it all mean?
Maybe the best things to do is to stay true to yourself. In it all, if you go down the Chinese path of dealing with a rooster, which a you may know can be a difficult bird to deal with, he has a fiery side, but is also confident. Or if you thing in shades of black and white than perhaps you are drawn to the aspects of an ‘all or nothing’ year. A 10 year means we need to keep an even keel, stay on your path and work with the breath. Whichever- you are still the one walking your path, and the decisions you make are yours, and they will set the path no matter what.
So I think there is a really good question to ask yourself;
What’s Important to You?
What’s important in life? Is it the clothes you wear, or the house you live in? Is it about where you have been, maybe even who you know or what you know? What makes you happy, what is important to you? Here is an exercise to help you assess what is important in your life.
On a piece of paper choose five people you know well and list five things you like most about them. What qualities stand tall as the important ones? This list will give you a good idea of what matters to you.
From this exercise perhaps you can begin to lay the foundations that will help you face the challenges that the year will set for you. Each year we have challenges to face, and each year we grow a little stronger and wiser, and find that we can do more than we thought we could.
I was having an end of year clean up of my yoga space last week, I picked up a folder and these words from Rumi fell out. I knew that I was meant to read them, and to pass them on to you.
I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you in my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had and lift you like a prayer to the sky
To you all have a wonderful 2017
The information on ‘What’s important to You’ comes from the magazine “Womankind” I recommend subscribing and reading it as a new year’s resolution.
Let us review the year that is almost past using this Buddha quote as a guide.
How well did you love – did you take the time to invest in yourself in 2015? Can you end this year feeling good about yourself? Have you taken the time to love yourself, or if that feels to overwhelming have you at least begun to understand yourself a little more? Did you take time to love those around you, the ones who truly matter? Have you spent time with family and friends, have you opened your heart and loved a little more deeply?
How well did you live – did you live an enjoyable year? Has 2015 been interesting, has it excited you. Or was it another year of “same/same”. There is nothing more deadening to the soul then drudgery, just going through the motions. Did you challenge yourself at least once through the year, stepped out of your safety zone? Did you discover a passion that lifted your spirits?
How well did you learn to let go – have you let go of old wounds, people that drag you down, have you let go of that habit that robs you of energy and steals your spirit? Have you at least thought about the things that don’t serve your well-being? Can you step into the New Year with the felling of growth?
If 2015 feels like there has been little to celebrate, but there have been changes, than that can be a good thing, but if it has been a year of tiredness and weariness, of just getting through each day then now is the time to set your intentions for 2016, and set them with the Buddha quote as your guide.
Set your 2016 Intentions;
How well did you love – let this be the year where you truly learn to put yourself first. 2016 the year of owning your life, making the decisions that best serve you, love those that love you back, that treat you well and with respect. Love what you do, what you eat, how you play, find a passion and dive into it with enthusiasm. Understand not every day can be a good day, but when there is self belief and self awareness you handle the not so good days as challenges, not something to be feared.
How well did you live – 2016 will be the year you live for you, if situations you are in cannot be changed, then change you attitude, live with a positive attitude, with gratitude and see what a difference that can make. It is the year to step out of the comfort zone and challenge the drudgery of your life. Take control, discover your courage, and live to your destiny.
How well did you learn to let go – let go of ‘what serves you no more’ It is time to step away from the things that pull you back, drop the habits that deaden your spirit and let go of old wounds, let forgiveness be the goal.
Women – A Message for 2016
In the year that is about to arrive, we are faced with prospect of more fear, unrest, wars, devastation and any other negative things you can think of and so leaving us wondering what sort of year is ahead.
I believe the key is for women to connect to their core and to connect to all that life brings, that each of us as an individual can bring forth joy, peace, and happiness, then as a community and nation help lift the consciousness of our Earth. Within each of us there is a light that can shine brighter than the darkest minds and souls out there. We only need to believe in our ability to do that.
Women hold the key, we’re not going to solve the problems of the world or our own problems the old ways, it is time to re-think where we stand. The ways of the warrior, of violence, they really don’t work, the masculine ways are past. It is time for women to open themselves to their power. Women need to welcome and live in their power, bring forth your feminine spirit, acknowledge your presence in the world, and as part of the world and use your energy to heal.
Feminine power is different to masculine power, feminine power doesn’t overpower, it allows things to be as they are without aggressiveness or showmanship. The feminine spirit needs to be nurtured and acknowledged though, women need to trust themselves and to find their skills and power and to reflect this power to other women.
Within us all is the “Shadow Side” or the “Dark Feminine” by understanding this energy it can help balance our need for order and our sense of direction. We cannot cut ourselves off from it because it exists everywhere and if we continue to resist and deny it, this energy will continue to manifest in ourselves through cycles of self harm and isolation. Its power will bring sickness instead of nourishment.
Acknowledgement and acceptance of the dark energy within us can empower our abilities, it is a natural, creative and instinctual energy, an energy that we can access to heal our Earth and ourselves.
Have a wonderful healthy, happy and holy Christmas and 2016
A Message for 2015 Return to the Earth
Our soul is happier in nature, which is why we experience joy and peace in the outdoors. Most of our current problems derive from the fact we have lost contact with our soul. We have little left that is sacred in our lives. The mundane of daily life has swamped the deeper meaning of what we do. There is no sense of connection to the universe.
Ancient traditions and teachings show us that spirituality must be linked with the whole of nature to be authentic. Why, because ‘ we are one with all’. There is an underlying unity of human being and the universe, not merely material factors, but in terms of consciousness itself. Consciousness is not something we as human beings own. It is as universal as light, and some form of consciousness or feeling exists in all beings down to the rocks.
We must see the Sun as our Father, the Earth as our Mother, and all plants and animals as our sisters and brothers. We must recognise that whatever we look at also looks back at us with our own eyes, which are the eyes of our own soul and the eyes of God.
In 2015 let us connect to our roots. It is time to feel the Earth at our feet, become present and aware of the goodness and preciousness of all that we have in the world, before it is too late. Spirit dwells silently in all things – the Earth as a whole is alive, the core of the Mother is the metallic fire that holds the planet together. From the fire all things arise, the magnetic field arises and the Earth is born of the fire.
As the hunger for material wealth consumes the world, we have become separated and isolated, all caught up in political agendas and dogmatic religious beliefs, looking only outward for happiness and forgetting the needs of nature, animals and each other. It is time to step back into our primal roots and honour our planet.
Lets open our hearts and our minds, we need not fear for whatever we approach with consciousness will respond. The power is within each of us to make a difference, so in 2015 rise up to meet the ancients, re-connect with love and respect to our mother the Earth.
Sat Nam and Nameste.
Thailand visit 2014
It is almost time for me again to travel to Bangkok to immerse myself in Kundalini Yoga. This year I am going for 3 days of the festival, and then a part of level 2 training “Conscious Communication” I will fill you in when it is all over.
Well the trip is over and I am back to work, days just pass by so quickly – which is why we need to slow down and be present, or every day just becomes a blur!
Anyway, the high-light of my yoga adventure this year was a seven hour meditation! Strange things excite some of us I know. But the 108 repetitions of a special mantra is very soul-searching and rewarding.
The Destiny Meditation day was to repeat 108 times the Mul Mantra, the highest of mantras. To repeat this mantra and go into its depths is to be entranced by the depth of our own soul. The Mul Mantra was given to us by Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru who walked this earth in the fifteenth century. It is both a mantra and a sutra, it creates a sound which is a ladder of consciousness, a compass that points to God and open the door to destiny. It is a mantra that guides you to your true self.
To complete this mantra over almost seven hours was very special. Each line of the mantra was recited on one breath, which is why it took so long, we were taken through the experience very slowly and words were said precisely. I have continued to recite the mantra as a daily meditation – only for 11 minutes though.