Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Journey, a Poem by Mary Oliver

The Journey, from the wonderful Mary Oliver. 
an Anniversary of sorts. I love this piece. perhaps you know it too.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver

Artwork: Haughty Woman by DoraTaya

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seeding the Future

Setting our Dreaming Mind for the New Year ~ Dreaming a New Year 2015. Tips for setting New Years Intentions:
1. Begin the New Year with a clean slate. Forgive.
A great way to begin any new year is to let go of the year and years that have already gone by. Create a forgiveness practice or ritual this week. Imagine anyone or anything that has harmed you or that is blocking you from feeling free and light in this new moment. Forgive the past, forgive the others, and forgive yourself. You don't have to go back to old harmful people or patterns this year, but you do need to let go of the past to be free. Of course, it's a practice. But create an activity or ritual this week where you imagine everyone who has harmed you since early and forgive them, sincerely. It's time. And it's the best foundation for cleaning the soil where your new seeds can and will be planted.
2. Create or Identify your New Years Fondest Intention.
Now that your soil has been cleansed and prepared, and in honor of your heart's deepest callings, take some time this week to really feel into what you would like the New Year to be and bring into your life this year. Ask yourself, "what is my deepest heart's desire for this special year?" Honor this as a sacred ritual to bring love to yourself and those you love at this potent new time of year. Be willing to look beneath the surface to identify the real core seed of what would bring you the most happiness this year. Hint: Yoginis know there is a magical difference between "I will" and "Thy will." Sink deeply into your feeling/being dream this year.  
3. Begin to dream it ~ Feel it, Paint it, Dance it, Sing it
Once you have your true heart's desire identified, use your heart's happiest imagination and begin to imagine and *feel* how it would feel to have this true heart's desire today. Continue to sit (or dance, move or sing, whatever moves you in the moment) by your altar or in your sacred place and like a true prayer ceremony, begin bringing that heart's desire closer to your being by imagining how it would feel if it were already real. Imagine. Smile. And let yourself enjoy. As you continue with this practice over time, add some creativity. As you move forward this month, follow any impulses to paint, write, dance, sing or sketch your dreams as you see/feel them happening too. But begin the process of dreaming by feeling your heart's desires and intentions for you and those you love this year. This is the Art of Dreaming. Imagination can be a wonderful practice for your meditations this year as well. It's a powerful time and new season to plant some seeds. Reflect, imagine, and en-joy.