The Metamorphis of Being

The butterfly begins as a humble earthbound caterpillar, moving slow and steady. It eventually gains enough nutrients by eating surrounding leaves and turns into a chrysalis, protected inside a cocoon of silk. This stage can last weeks, months or even longer, depending on the species. And when the new cells are developed, it slowly unveils into a brand new version of itself: a magnificent winged butterfly, gifted with the ability to fly freely through the vast sky.

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Intricate and exquisite in it's being, delicate and full of grace, yet strong enough to flow with the currents of the wind, trusting in it's new form. 

The archetype of the butterfly has always been one of transformation and courage. 

This small creature has the power to inspire and remind us of nature's perfect order of intelligence, inviting us to further experience this metamorphis, as we transition through various life cycles and ways of expression within the world, based on our Souls unique blueprint. 

Just as the plant and animal Spirit around us, we humans ebb and flow to the Divine beat of the Universe, all within perfect timing. We can't skip a phase nor can we rush the process. The step by step Vinyasa of our growth is governed by a larger force, guiding us into greater harmony.

Our practice is to be present with this fluid reality of life...open to the power of change and teachings within each phase.

As we accept this intrinsic cycle of contraction and death, regeneration and renewal, expansion and rebirth within our bodies and minds, we are able to extract and integrate the nectar of wisdom into the heart, our unchanging essence. 

With this understanding, we can move from the victim to the hero, and release old patterns which react from fear and instead become the one who responds from truth. As we attune to this, we soften into compassion and melt into deeper understanding and gratitude for the totality of this journey...both the moments of pure ecstatic passion and raw beauty, and moments of discomfort, confusion and rage. We know that nothing will ever remain static. 

Just as the caterpillar inevitably shapeshifts into the butterfly, us humans, are encoded to evolve. Our innate goodness and potential to transform is inherent to the natural laws of the Universe. 

When we know this to be true for ourselves, we see and believe in it for those around us.  

May this be a remembrance...

That transformation isn't easy, but in perfect timing, bathed in our efforts (presence and intention) we will be gifted with a new set of wings that will guide us to fly. 

To honor whatever cycle we are in and trust in order of intelligence, a rhythm that is perfect in its ability to unfold with the medicine we are ready to receive. 

That when we emerge from the depths of our cocoon, we have not yet taken flight in our new form, yet we must open our wings with confidence and courage...and embrace when we make mistakes along the way.

That one of our greatest gifts we can give to another human is to see the majesty of their beauty and believe in their ability to transform.

Love Heals All

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We are always love.


We are not broken nor do we need to heal.


We have all the information and teachings we will ever need within us.


Our soul is as vast as the oceans, and vibrates to the beat of the Cosmos. It shines as bright as the sun and yearns to dance freely with the winds.


And our only job is to listen to the wisdom of our bodies and hearts, so the mind can quiet.
We must learn to come back to who we truly are meant to be...to remember and accept ourselves wholeheartedly.


Because we are single threads of a larger colorful tapestry of life - we are all connected and when one us begins to honor and love who we are, we impact and inspire every other person to do the same.


When we own who we are and stand our voice, we shift the paradigm of the world.
Imagine the power and possibility if 7.2 billion people woke up tomorrow and shifted their vibration?


What if we all tapped into a place of trust through our breath and simple gratitude?


What if we believed in our inner state of abundance and worthiness?


What if we all spoke truthfully with compassion and followed what brings us joy?


We would change our energy and in turn change our entire experience of how we move in the world. We would all be living our dream realities and lift one another up. We would collectively rise towards new ways of being and inspire change for generations to come.

Sacred Activism: A prayer for the New Paradigm

We are learning to live for what really matters most to us in a time of sacred activism as we awaken into our power, and consciously listen to and respond from our hearts.

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We are remembering our intrinsic intelligence and the strength we hold as a collective.

We are inspired to take responsibility for our actions and aim to walk lightly on this Earth.

Revolutionizing the way we live and love.

To live with this awareness takes a deep desire and commitment to our personal practices of growth...a willingness to stand tall even amidst the discomfort...to stay connected to our truth and the higher vision during hard conversations and moments of transition.

Effort. Steadiness. Integrity. Clarity. Patience.

These virtues are the backbone that enable us to express a more conscious way of being.

And the Soul of our work is the dedication to show up and be seen, to share our unique story and follow the path that most lights us up.

To stay within the work and put ourselves out there, even when it’s scary. To be brave enough to start fresh when we mess up, and to forgive the old version of ourselves. To see the Divine in others (especially those who challenge us) and allow that unbound presence of love to be the foundation of how we communicate and interact.

And the more we show up, the easier it becomes.

We learn that we can craft our power from old stories, wounds and perceived failures. We reiterate to ourselves that we can rise above fears and limited beliefs. We affirm to the Universe that we choose intimacy and connection with ourselves and those around us.

And when we make this choice, over and over again, we inspire those around us to do the same...and slowly the paradigm shape-shifts from our energy, words and actions, and the Cosmos reflect the very light of our own essence.

Returning to the Practice

Practice, practice, and more practice.

The Spiritual path is a process of purifying practices that peel back the veils of the mind.

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The aim to align us with our heart through an inner listening + remind us of our strength and the power we each hold to access our intrinsic states of freedom, joy and calm. 
They focus and channel our attention, thoughts + actions so we can live with greater flow, in alignment with our values and tap into our greatest potential. 
And although many aspects become easier over time, it’s constant effort and intention to stay rooted in our higher Self. 

And inevitably we will make mistakes and forget our true nature. 
We will fall back into old patterns and behaviors. 

We may find ourselves in situations that don’t feel right, or become physically sick as our bodies try to tell us what we ignored. 

And eventually (once we’ve had enough) a flash of clarity will come and call us back to the path. 

Our deepest desire for alchemy and freedom will overrule and guide us to our studentship.

These are the times when we crave space to quiet the noise of our busy lives, and need to focus fully on ourselves. 

Our hearts know what our minds are often late to recognize - and will gently remind us that no matter how far we’ve strayed, our yoga practice begins again here and now, and that each day is an opportunity to start fresh. 

We know that our growth and the goodness we share in the world comes from the consistency and dedication to our own self-care. 

The fire inside us always burns bright with passion and will humbly acknowledge when we are ready to step into the next phase of our evolution and to ignite our Soul. 
Our only job is to listen and trust. 

When we attune and follow the yearning, our receptivity is rewarded...layers are shed...patterns and traumas released...stagnancy is shaken up and allows for connection and integration to move through our body/mind...clarity arises and desires are formed...and contentment and gratitude move freely through our heart.
 

Devotion: Life as Offering

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Devotion is when we commit with loyalty and love to a person, experience or cause.

It’s when we live with purpose and intention so our energy pours from a place of honesty and integrity.

Our enthusiasm and presence for that which we devote ourselves to, becomes the thread of connection to Spirit.

It’s the fuel that feeds the prayers of our offerings, allowing us to devote our gifts and resources freely from the fullness from our hearts...replenishing us from the inside out.

We can devote ourselves to one (or many) people/experiences/causes and receive immense joy - an inner well spring of connection that seems to overflow on the daily. Or we can aimlessly move through life, unsure of who and what we want to devote ourselves to, feeling stripped of our time and energy, empty and lost.

Devotion is a grounding force that taps us into Source. It’s a vital piece of our Spiritual development as it allows us to take any situation/experience and create deeper purpose - reflections, growth and awakenings.

And from my experience, it isn’t taught - rather an intrinsic desire for a deeper connection that we must be willing to unlock.

It’s a felt energetic exchange with the Universe which arrives as subtle and powerful shifts in our consciousness...an affirmation, deep breathing, preparing meals, helping a stranger, sharing knowledge, volunteering time...it doesn’t mater what the act, most important is how you move through it - to see it through the lens of a daily prayer and sacred offering to the world.

So let life become the offering of your Soul.

Choose simple ways in which you devote yourself to everyday, no matter how small or large the purpose may seem, remember that when we commit and show up fully, we our thread within the tapestry of life strengthens to make for a more beautiful, vibrant and connected existence.

Snake Medicine: Shedding our Skins

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Just as the Serpent sheds its skin, we too, have the capacity to shed old patterns and ways of being so we can step more fully into our power and purpose. Our yoga practice is one of many gateways into this process of purification. Physically, when we move our bodies into new shapes and forms, we stir up and awaken neuromuscular patterning to create new pathways between the body and mind. When we add breath and attention to this experience, we have the power to clear stagnant energy, allowing for more clarity and creativity to surface.

Life is always asking us to consciously release to make space for the new.  

This process of purification is often uncomfortable as it asks us to shake things up and move into unfamiliar territory...often inviting us to let go of deeply rooted ancestral patterns and conditioning, relationships or projects that no longer align and nourish us. 

During this phase, we can look to the archetypes that embody these same cycles of transformation as affirmation. The snake and the fall season are just a few examples within our natural world for us to invoke as guides. 

A reminder from the snake comes in the lesson of our ability to transform with perfect timing. The snake is highly intuitive and senses exactly when, how and what layers to shed. It reminds us to trust in the process of letting go and stay connected to the higher vision as our new skin (Self) is on the rise. Just as the snake, we always re-emerge on the other side of this process with a sense of renewal and wholeness. 

May your practices bring a deeper awareness of the skins that are ready to be shed in order to call in the next phase of your evolution!

The Power of Human Connection

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Human connection. 
It’s a Universal desire and shared value throughout all cultures and times. It enhances the quality of life and increases our longevity.
In a fast paced modern world, often driven by technology and virtual interactions, these moments of human connection are priceless. Presence is the most powerful commodity of our times. 
When we boldly meet the eyes of another, listen without interrupting, share with honesty or touch with intention, there is an energetic exchange that connects us to the heart. 
We allow the other person to feel seen, heard and felt. We support them to soften and shed the armor. They are more likely to trust and experience the intimacy of our presence. 
When another leans in and receives, we too can lean in and receive...even if we are the one offering. Thats the simple beauty of these connections - they provide nourishment for both people if they are willing to open to it. 
And when we meet another in this way - whether it’s for a fleeting moment or an extended experience, we feel the power of our shared humanity. 
We all seek greater depth in our life through nourishing interactions - with ourselves and to others as they gift us a sense of belonging which almost instantly brings us into a remembrance that we are a part of something larger. 
We awaken to Spirit, which guides us to acknowledge that we are all one...eternally connected with shared desires and dreams. 
These sweet connections are what make life worth living. If our presence has the potential to change and uplift another’s experience for the better, we are changing the world, simply through our willingness to show up. 
It’s the simple things in life that make a big impact...through our devotion to a creating world with more love, and with consistent efforts.

Guru Purnima

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Deep bows to all the beautiful teachers in my life and those who continue to fuel my growth on this auspicious day of Guru Purnima. Teachers come in many forms - parents, friends, lovers, children, animals, nature, archetypes...and through all experiences in life of both love and loss. 
Today is a sacred day in Hindu culture to honor and pay respects to the ones who have opened the gates of the heart on our Spiritual path. 
The Guru. 
The one who leads us from darkness to light. 
The one who shows us our shadow and our luminosity. 
The ones who courageously walk the path and lovingly guide the way. 
Grateful to all the teachers who continue to guide me through the Yoga traditions to accelerate my growth, as well as the community who shows up around me to immerse in the practices. 
In my experience, these teachers present themselves at the exact moment in time and are committed, present, authentic and full of love. They are embodied in many ways, yet receptive and humble along the way. 
Thank you to each of you for standing in your strength. You inspire and fuel me in so many ways

Trust the Path

Believe that anything is possible.

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Your wildest dreams are worthy and your joy is medicine to the world.

It doesn’t mean that trusting or acting upon it won’t be difficult or scary at times - but with desire, intention and clear action, we can trust that our path will unfold in ways which are aligned and meaningful.

Our existence will take form of the sacred Vinyasa...one step after the next, steady and sustainable, intelligently placed - a process of growth and expansion through Divine timing.

There is no rush. Only small acts of remembrance to that which fuel our heart to help us believe in the magic of our journey.

Devotion. Connection. Impact.

These words are currently fueling my mind and heart. They are reminders of my own values and ideas of success.

Writing. Beach Swims. Breath. Community.

These are the ways in which I am currently tapping into Source and co-creating for the benefit of myself and those around me.

Never perfect, but always done with the utmost love and to the best of my ability today.

These words and actions continue to call me back to my purpose and give wings to my visions.

Sensation as the Spiritual Gateway

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I’ve been in conversation with friends around the subject of sensitivity & spirituality. 
Talk surrounding the intensity of the times.

There is so much contraction within political realms, mass corruption & violence...and at the same time magical movements of revolutionaries & healers standing up for the widespread injustice, inspiring and initiating new paradigms of living.

It’s a time of contrast - immense suffering & incredible liberation.

Our spiritual practices aim to bring more ease and lightness, but they require us to step up and do the work through the shadow.

Everything once covered up, rises to the surface. Slowly the veils of disillusion are stripped away.

The truth of reality bares itself and we’re presented with the choice to rewrite our story & realign.

But we can’t SEE unless we allow ourselves to FEEL. 
Staying present to the sensation of each felt experience is the gateway to mini awakenings upon reflection.

The alchemy occurs when we consciously channel the information presented & move in the way that is most healing for ourselves and those around us. 
Discernment & clear boundaries...receptivity & unconditional compassion are needed more than ever. 
We must stay rooted in our values & remain open to the perspective and choice of another, without judgement. 
Landing back into life in North America has brought much to the surface...a reminder that no matter how sweet or stormy the feelings/conversations are, there are no rights/wrongs. The highest practice is to stay awake to the sensations, to act from a place of truth and lean into the ride. 
Sensitivity is not only a practice, but a gift of our human experience - our souls are strong enough to handle the extremes and courageous enough to move with skill and grace. 
Yes, we are capable of change and are here in this exact moment for a reason. Throughout the swirl is a cleansing, which always leads to a rising. Collectively, we are in it, I see it and I feel it wholeheartedly.

Transitions

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To live within the unknown requires deep courage and trust in a higher guidance. 


Whether we are aware or not, we’re always living in spaces of mystery as life is a constant change of cycles and phases.


To graduate to the next phase, we must destruct and die out our old ways of being to embrace the new. And between the old and new are the spaces of unknown - often scary and equal parts exciting with endless possibilities on the rise...these transitional times when acknowledged, hold the greatest opportunities for growth and healing to occur. 


But first we need to tune in and listen...allow and surrender...with patience and compassion.

Trust in whatever process is unfolding for you right now.

Know that everything will work out better than you have planned or could imagine.

Your intentions are felt and higher visions seen. 


Allow time to integrate, rest and play play play!

Celebrate where you are today and how far you’ve come.

Fall in love with the journey - the messy and detoured parts as well as the graceful flowing moments exactly as they are...wildly unpredictable, ever changing and beautiful in all ways.

Say YES to life!

Saying yes to life is living with your arms wide open. 

It's a word that contains the possibility for magic to rise from. 

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It doesn't mean we say yes to a person or project we don't feel aligned with - we must practice discernment so we can say yes with clarity and courage to follow the things that sets our soul on fire.

It's about trusting in the goodness of life - the unconditional opportunities and abundance. 

It requires us to accept all aspects of life - without rejection or fear of the places that are uncomfortable or unknown.  

When we live from this space, we welcome the ebb of flow of our existence - we can be fully aware and engaged, yet maintain a healthy and expansive perspective, knowing that all things flow within a natural state of expansion and contraction. 

This is a moment to moment practice of welcoming in the flow of Shakti, or the creative power and force of life within and all around us.

Awakening Shakti brings us deeper into our connection to that which is higher than ourselves, so we may see life as a Divine lesson, guiding and teaching us all that we need to know, in order to help us realise our potential. 

Live in Magic

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The more we choose to look for the good and see the beauty, the more our lives become infused with magic.

It often requires us to slow down enough to truly notice, experience and embrace the small moments and transitions of our day to day experience. 

And when we do, we awaken to deeper connection and meaning. Life becomes sacred, even during the seemingly mundane.

It’s through our own personal experience of this Divinity that we feel it within the rest of the Universe. 

We can embrace and move towards living life open to the potential of a consciously co-created space where magic arises from.

And it doesn’t always have to be grand or idyllic - often the most magical moments are free because they are created by your willingness to see and feel.

For me it’s listening to the sounds and song of the birds and allow my imagination to run wild with their message...feeling the sunshine on my face and let its vitality be a guide throughout the rest of my day...tasting each flavor of my food and visualizing it nourishing my body...or simply returning to my breath and reminding myself of my life force.

The truth is, we are each our own Universe, complete with millions of magical moments, just waiting to be felt in the body and dreamed up in the mind.

It only takes minutes to remember that life is full of beauty - that we are rich in creative potential and mystical beings infinitely supported by the vast web of life.

Step into the fire of the Heart

It's far better to live your own path imperfectly, than to live another’s perfectly.

― The Bhagavad Gita

 

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I believe we are all seeking more liberation.

We want to be free from oppressive energies and have a healthy sense of autonomy to express our individual nature with authenticity. 

We want to live a creative existence, connected to our passions to bring more joy and purpose. 

And at the core of our being, we want to live a simple existence, aligned with our own bodies rhythms and nature's cycles. 

These are some of the underlying Universal currents that pulse life with reason, meaning and well-being. 

They're a recipe that lead us to living a more fulfilled existence and awaken us to our capacity to live in harmony. Life is not meant to be an overwhelming game of survival with constant stress. At our essence, we are illuminated beings, born to thrive in every way!

Living from this place of harmony requires a deep commitment to our personal growth. We must stay open and willing, and hold the ability to self-reflect. We have to believe in ourselves and the magic of the Universe, to trust in the unconditional support that is always abundant within and around us. And with commitment and consistency, we are guided forwards one step at a time, and can expand into places we didn't even know were possible.

The process of personal growth is aimed at leading us to who we truly are, beyond any fears, doubt or limitations.

Our true nature is a loving, soulful being that has passions, pleasures and purpose. And our highest Self yearns to share our creative gifts with others to positively impact the world.

The more we connect to these aspects, the more we live in alignment with ourself and unique calling, our Dharma. When we move closer to this purpose, we become lit up - revitalized and radiant from an inner fire that burns bright within our Spirit.

Life becomes a sacred existence rich with opportunities for greater freedom... 

This freedom is felt from a deep connection to Self and the ability to make empowered choices. Our capacity to treat our physical, mental and emotional bodies with respect and love, directly impacts how we move in the world and our experience of it. 

I didn't know it, but when I first began yoga I was seeking greater freedom...

At the time, I had little understanding of my eco-system as a whole - I felt disconnected to my true desires, myself as a woman, and to my creative purpose. I felt trapped and lost living in a system I didn't feel supported by, and for a long time, reacted by defying everyone and everything that tried to put boundaries on me. I identified as a rebel wild child and denied my own inner voice, which so desperately wanted to be seen and heard. My teenage years were filled with destructive behaviors and addictions. 

And as unhealthy as this time period may have felt, it was exactly what I needed to awaken... 

In life, we will always experience situations that don't serve our highest Self (and will throw us out of alignment) in order to learn the best way forwards for the future. These parts of our journey are to be embraced and acknowledged as normal and very necessary. 

Often the moments we feel trapped, lost, and confused express themselves in uncomfortable ways to show us signs that we are not living in harmony with our heart. These moments have potential to be a catalyst for growth and transformation, if we listen.

When we do, we usually enter a phase of deep purification, which can literally feel as everything we once thought to be true is no longer valid. This serves as a clearing to make space for new information, ideas and actions to arise.

At 19, I finally listened to the signs of destruction and stepped on my yoga mat for the first time. I was opened to a practice which led me to more clarity and spaciousness. From this place I could better receive the wisdom my Soul embodied and hear the clarity of my inner voice who sang with desires to live an existence with greater freedom in my body, mind and heart. 

The pivotal shift came after I graduated University when I chose to learn more about yoga and explore the world. I wanted time to discover my own gifts, and the thought of job searching brought a heaviness to my heart. Instead, I bought a one way ticket to India to volunteer at a yoga retreat. I listened to what I felt would ignite my Spirit and as the Universe always provides, I was supported to expand into parts of myself I didn't know existed. My own values, dreams and health began to fall into greater balance and led me to follow a path of lifelong study, practice and teaching. 

But first, I had to listen within and take a leap of faith to follow an inner calling that burned bright...

And to be honest it was the first time I truly felt free. 

Ironically, I had only a few hundred dollars in my bank account, was living in a plywood hut shared with six Nepali boys and had a small backpack with some belongings. I had no idea what would come of the experience, but I felt immense freedom from making an empowered choice, guided by my own inner voice which sparked a new wave of enthusiasm, passion, vitality, creativity and love.

Fast forward years later, and my life looks slightly different from the outside in regards to my intentions, values and vision - however the practice remains the same. 

Each day I choose to see the opportunities of how I can live more freely, and ask myself the following questions: 

How can I nourish my body and mind to stay connected to its wisdom? 

What empowered choices can I make to live in more alignment with my highest Self? 

How can I be of service to those around me and the Earth? 


Often the answers that arise are simple. They come as little reminders to follow my path, one day at a time...

My hope is that we all see the vast (and simple!) support systems available to live in greater connection with our own hearts.

Every moment is an invitation to receive our inner guidance, directing us to fearlessly take the next leap of faith and rise into who we are meant to be. There is never a better time than now!

May we continue to commit to our paths and aim for our highest visions, awakening the inner fire of the heart!