If you want to find life purpose and live a full and healthy inner life, it is essential to bring your ego-mind into relationship with your soul-self. It is common for our sense of who we are, and our sense…
The Fire Rooster Lunar Year kicks off January 28th, 2017. Fire Rooster favors passion, compassion, calmness and confidence.
The year is dominated by the fire and metal elements in Chinese astrology. Excessive fire hurts the heart and liver and causes stress, excitement and anger. Excessive metal damages the lungs bringing feelings of anxiety and difficulty in letting go of grief.
Here’s a little poetic advice to help you handle the fire and metal energies so that you thrive, fly and keep safe all year long…
Time to be determined, brave, and true,
to channel your desires into one heartfelt pursuit.
That cherished something you’ve always wanted to do,
revamp, redesign and make it totally brand new.
It’s high time to let go of anger and rage.
Let the winds of change set you free from your cage.
Drink more water, workout until you sweat.
Replenish, rejuvenate, and get profound rest.
Yoga for Trauma Recovery
Yoga is a powerful and efficient system for changing the brain. This is exactly the need of people suffering from post-traumatic disorder (PTSD). Not all trauma survivors develop PTSD but for those who do, life becomes unbearable, just as the trauma was. Devoid of hope, suicide can feel like the only way to freedom from physical pain and mental anguish. Yoga offers a vital seed of hope.
Although PTSD is generally treated as a psychological disorder it is increasingly recognised as a condition of the entire organism. Hence, body inclusive therapy has an important role to play in full recovery. The need is to heal the nervous system, reset the brain and learn methods for relaxation, mind management and putting the past to rest. As the symptoms of PTSD reduce it becomes possible to re-establish fulfilling relationships with loved ones and interact comfortably with society.
You can be anywhere, in almost any situation; taking a meeting, shopping, working out, or socializing, and you can perform the best yoga pose in the world. Convenient, flexible, and effective, it can be practiced on or off the mat, in any clothing, and needs no yoga props.
The best yoga pose in the world doesn’t even require a particular physical position. It takes only a thought, an awareness, to perform.
The “letting go” yoga pose
When you consciously let go of holding and contracting, whether that’s in your jaw, your shoulders, stomach, or wherever where you hold the most tension, you unravel the tightly-held form that you’ve been identifying with; the limited you.
In the letting go you are, at that moment, liberated (relatively). You reconnect with more of you, with the energies of your body and mind, those in your personal sphere, and beyond.
You are an ecosystem of connectivity.
You are more than your thoughts, your ideas, your occupation, your social identity, and your emotions. You are an ecosystem of connectivity. In every moment, you are contracting or expanding your ecosystem through your constricting or expanding awareness.
The tension connection
The letting go yoga pose doesn’t look impressive. In fact, it’s imperceptible to others. It does, however, create a powerful psychic impression; people feel it. This is because all levels of tension; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, are connected, they feed into and impact upon each other. This not only occurs in our inner world but also radiates out into the outer world.
This short video, LOVE IS. was made over two decades ago, but love is eternal, as is the wisdom and generosity of those who appear in this video. May it delight and inspire you to contemplate your own definitions and feelings about love…
The year of the Fire Monkey starts February 8, 2016. Fire Monkey rewards those who are agile, inventive, quick-witted, sociable, creative and community conscious. Here’s how you can prosper, succeed, and make the most of the natural Fire Monkey energies of 2016.
Think like a clever trickster more than a serious martyr
Work a little smarter, not a lot harder.
Resist the auto-response, “I’m so busy” when someone asks how you are. The subtext; “I’m so boring” is a conversation killer.
Tell others about your fun and freedoms even if they’re minuscule. They’re inspiring and inviting.
Bend your brain
If you’re over 40 and haven’t studied something new and challenging in the last decade your brain has seriously decayed.
Something new and challenging means more than reading a new book.
Be like a child again, trying to grasp an alien concept for the first time. Every time your brain strains, you’ll grow ten brain cells.