Photo Shoot with Shari Fleming Photography!!

Photo Shoot with Shari Fleming Photography!!

The universe has been moving me in subtle and not so subtle ways.  It doesn’t always “feel” good or fair necessarily, but I trust in the power of the universe to align me to my Self and my path.  Are you feeling this too?   Everything has a cycle to it.  We must constantly evaluate our connection to Self.  There are times when it is necessary to listen to our inner wisdom and to feel if our choices expand or diminish us.  Listen to what your energy centers in your body are telling you.  Feel it in your heart center.  If something aligns with you and your true Self, then you feel an expansion behind your heart center- like the universe’s hands gently holding you while your heart center blossoms and opens.  If something doesn’t align with you and your true Self, then you feel diminished, constricted – a closing off at the heart center.  You physically may round your shoulders to protect your heart center or energetically put another layer of armor around your heart.  But what really needs to happen is to cut that part of what doesn’t fit and diminishes you out of your life.  Acknowledge with compassion the feelings surrounding this and then act in a manner that aligns you with your true Self, your dharma.  We do this practice of yoga so we can take it off our mats and live it fully- finding ease and steadiness, asking not forcing, acting not reacting.

Here’s a poem that a dear friend gave me and one that I have shared in my yoga classes.

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

 — David Whyte
from The House of Belonging
©1996 Many Rivers Press