There was a time in my life when I felt very rigid and strict regarding my practice and my ideals.
During this time I know I needed those restrictions, the self-enforced perimeters. The confines of the structure put pressure on me, my routines, my friendships, it really shifted things around and taught me to stand on my own 2 feet for what I felt was right.
In my stubbornness during that time, I know I pushed friends away, and was at times, more harsh than was needed, invited, or appropriate. I’m sure some of you might remember that, the people who were really close to me.
Some friendships grew stronger, especially when I was able to come around with more clarity and levelheadedness.
Other friendships faded, and some went out with a bang. 🤯
The lessons came later, on my own. But they did come in time... I wish I could truly say “no regrets”, but with the wisdom that has come over the years, there are definitely things I could have done better. and would, if I had a second chance - let me know when the time machine is ready! 🚀
Don’t get me wrong:
My heart is at peace, my life is exactly where I want it, and I know better now! 🦄🤓🔮 Life experience is a beautiful thing. 🍏
All that being said, my rigidity has softened. My understanding, compassion, and willingness to see another perspective have broadened my ability to communicate with others, even when I disagree.
I feel more willing to listen. And more comfortable doing so.
I don’t feel the need to enroll other’s agreement, and I don’t feel harsh when others try to do that to me. (Though in some cases, it is momentarily irritating)
I accept that I don’t know what’s best for all people, and I am just doing my best to figure out what is best for me.
And just maybe, if I’m willing to hear other’s experience with an open heart, I can learn from their best too.
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Take a seat by the water, a glass of water, in a bath, or even just imagine a body of water from memory.
Speak these words from your own voice: •••
*I live in spiritual awe of nature.
The oceans, rivers, and lakes call to me.
I anoint myself in there bodies, and remember my part in it all.
I bathe my most sacred objects, and pray.
I am not separate.
I am a sculpture of salt water and earth.
I am a capsule with a holy message.
I am a stream washing over my pathway, clearing debris.
I am a vessel to be sifted through, there is gold here, in me, amongst soil and stone. ✨🔮🙏🏻💜*
Vapors of frankincense, peppermint, and truth, rise from the belly of my mind. 📸 @aumabstract
Is it worth it, to face your shadows and your pains?
To face your fears and move beyond them?
I can’t tell you if it is for you.
I can only say that if you do, your life will change.
But if life isn’t showing up in a way that satisfies you, or nourishes and inspires your soul, maybe it’s more worth it than you know.
Your part in your own life’s unfolding is a grand one.
Thank you @aumabstract for another moment from the gorgeous #elmatadorbeach check out his #photography and artwork on his feed.
There is a beauty in solid forms, yet is solidity what we truly see it as?
Even a Boulder is worn and shaped by time.
The fluidity and versatility of the world is boundless when we consider the fluctuation spanning time.
As a human being there is so much freedom when we allow for variations in our perception.
Even our own memories are up for healing when we allow present or future awareness to influence them.
Enjoy your solid forms, learn from them and hold them when necessary, but allow yourself to be the movement that influences their constant refinement.
Thank you @aumabstract for your skilled photography! Check out his incredible feed!
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See original post and poetry by the talented @aumabstract & check out his inspiring feed!
Here’s a stream of consciousness poem this ocean inspired in me:
Crashing waves undress these seams
slide under moments
Turns me new
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It’s all good!
#padmasana #lotuspose #lotuscrow #crow #armbalance #handstand #yoga #yogaposes #yogaeverydamday
If you’re unsure about your purpose in life, maybe the problem isn’t you... maybe it’s your idea of what “purpose” is.
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I hear the way the crows click
Over edge of the ridge
The swoop of 2 and 3
on my bridge
It’s their subtle winds
That call me
To watch, privy to their turns
The flips and near death catches
Remind me of something i once heard
Jolt and shimmer in my stance
Closer as they come
Beaks echo the same truths
I pick out from my heart’s hum
What was that thought
Just before this?
Response is their presence
Let the mind fade
Wings directing every swish
I stay a little longer
just to listen
melting as they prey
Reverence for the warmth
That emanates my way
I feel the sky
While here I lay
It’s much less distant
Than I noticed yesterday
Every Monday and Wednesday you can find me leading the 6am class @kinship_studios
Who will I see tomorrow before to see the sun?
Looking forward to a lovely beginning to the day with you all. ✨💜👼🏻 #yoga #yogateacher #yogaeverydamnday #yogastudio #kinship #kinshipstudios #yogainspiration #6amsquad #6amyoga #layoga