How To Become A Butterfly?

butterfly emerging from a caterpillar
“‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively.

‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing
to give up being a caterpillar.'”

~ Trina Paulus

Change is the scary place we don’t go to because it is different. Many of us remain trapped in our bubble unwilling to break out of the familiar. We collect around us friends who echo our thoughts and make us feel more secure in our bubble. To break free we need to push ourselves to want to change with a deep upwelling of desire for transformation. Do we dare be a butterfly?

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Yoga And Hoarding

Picture of woman buried under a pile of paper
I have recently found out that I’m close to some people who hoard. Without going into detail about who they are and the fascinating details about what’s like to hoard I’ll just post my thoughts about hoarding and how we all do it some ways and how yoga can be used to approach hoarding.

Yoga is the process of letting go of what’s not you. In yoga, we let go of extra weight in some cases, but really the letting go is of old habit patterns and ways of thinking and acting that are not in alignment with who we really are. When we practise the yamas and niyamas for instance, we can go through a process of witnessing ourselves in our lives, waking up from habitual ways of being so we can live more consciously.

Some of us hoard weight. We started off thin as youngsters and then over the years, we kept adding and adding and not being able to shed what we didn’t need anymore and eventually it can weigh us down so that we’re carrying extra weight and it damages our health. Hoarders are like this with stuff. Some of us can relate because maybe we’ve held on to some things that are no longer needed or used and we can’t really store those things anymore but we try. I’ve written a few posts over the years of my own personal struggles with letting things go.

Yoga also works like a digestive system. It can help us to integrate the things that have come before so we can take on more of life. Not just food that we take in, but experiences. Yoga helps us to get current in our lives, so we’re not bringing along a bunch of stored up feelings or things to deal with. Continue reading

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Only Those Who Listen Can Hear!

“The Music Box” is a wonderful video worth watching. It illustrates the power of listening. The symphony of life is always playing, but are we listening?

A thousand universes dance within every moment! Do you hear the beat?

You can read Daniel “Cloud” Campos’s blog here. His facebook page is here. You may also enjoy his latest video!

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Miss Me But Let Me Go

Scene of a Graveyard

When I come to the end of the road,
and the sun has set for me,
I want no tears in a gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too much,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that once we shared,
Miss me, but let me go.

This is a journey we all must take
and each must take alone;
it’s all part of God’s perfect plan,
a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
go to the friends we know.
Bury your sorrows in doing good,
Miss me, but let me go.

This is an Edgar A. Guest poem. Born 1881 in Birmingham, England, Edgar came to the US in 1891. Through his light and optimistic poems he soon became popular and came to be known as the “people’s poet”. He hosted a talk show and TV series in the 40’s and 50’s.

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The Yoga Of Allergies

Picture of person suffering through allergies
I’ve had the privilege as many of us in Austin, Texas do, of having allergies. The allergies hit this body like a dam of nose and ear-blockers last Wednesday night and continue today -but to a much lesser degree. Thank God and Guru for meditation. Truly, we are not the body nor the thinking mind’s fluctuations.

As Jordin Sparks asks, “Tell me how I’m supposed to breathe with no air?” is how I felt the past few days. And then the Zen master came to mind. You know, the one whose pupil asked him what the point was of focusing on the breath in meditation practice. The master then dunks the student’s head in a bucket of water, pulls him out and asks, “now do you see the significance of the breath?”

Ain’t it intriguing though? How the Master lies within us? I felt like a Zen Master has been dunking my head in a vat of allergens for days and asking, now Sumukhi, do you see the significance of the breath? Well, yeah. And I practice a whole lot of Pranayama, but believe you me, the simple practices of alternate nostril breathing, nadi shodhana, kapalabhati and bhastrika have taken on incredible meaning in the past few days. And my inability to do any of it because of all the blockages in the sinuses brought to light more of their daily significance. How my daily practices are so important and valuable – to maintain that state of equilibrium. In Ayurveda, it is explained that most diseases come from a disharmony with Prana – life-force that comes with breath and that a lot of this dis-ease lies in the large intestine – the seat of Vata – Air – in the body. We can’t breathe without Air. We are one with the, trees, plants, bees, insects, air and atmosphere around us. Continue reading

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