Lessons From Uncertainty: ⠀⠀ Be grateful. Worry less. Play more. Do less. Love more. Breathe. ⠀⠀ One of the grittiest lessons to cross my heart again and again, is knowing that human beings are both profoundly powerful and utterly vulnerable. ⠀⠀ We are the Soul Artists. Our lives are composed from the melody of every thought and action. We paint the colors of the universe with our creative vision. ⠀⠀ At the same time, we are wildly susceptible to forces beyond our control. ⠀⠀ Today is uncertain. As I try to figure out what to do…how to prepare…what I can say “for sure...” ⠀⠀ I am faced with the cosmic punchline that every day is uncertain. Be grateful. My entire body speaks as I hold my child: “Every moment is an exquisite gift.” ⠀⠀ Today is no less predictable than was yesterday, last month, or a year ago. Ongoing cycles of transformation–creation and destruction–are the very nature of being. Waves of change course through the human experience with groundless eloquence, like weather patterns of calm and chaos. They cannot be wrangled into rational obedience. Though we try. ⠀⠀ It is the Soul Artist’s way to distinguish the storm from the vastness of sky. –to climb into the stillness at the center of the turning wheel –to listen and to feel –and to be. ⠀⠀ Worry less. Play more. I’m not grasping anymore. No more thrashing about for some semblance of stability. I let my heart be buoyant, surf the current into the flow. That’s where we all go, after all, anyway. ⠀⠀ Do less. Love more. and I find a groundless ground. –a taproot to the infinite whole –a lifeline to a bottomless hope where nothing is ever destroyed, but always, forever, transformed. ⠀⠀ Breathe. There is a certain freedom in surrender.
Yesterday was the day to celebrate women. And today is the day to celebrate women. And tomorrow will be a day to celebrate women... and the day after that... and the day after that... 💫 ⠀⠀ I’m in deep reverence and gratitude for the power of my soul sisters... like this one! ⠀⠀ 💗
Please don’t let a few misogynist producers ruin your experience at the movies. ⠀⠀ Don’t let all those pedophile priests destroy your personal connection to God. ⠀⠀ Don’t allow a divisive political climate blind your unified vision. Don’t allow a few ego-driven “yogis” cast a shadow over your light. ⠀⠀ The teaching is infinitely greater than the teacher: ⠀⠀ You are whole. You are life. You are Love. ⠀⠀ ...and the only guru is within you. Take heart. Take action.
My YOGA includes allowing my heart to break completely open. again. and again. and again. ⠀⠀ 📷Martin Joseph ⠀⠀ #love #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #rrshakti #innerpoweryoga #heartlotus #anahatha #anahatachakra #innerpoweryogis @innerpoweryogis @rrshakti @innerpower.yoga ⠀⠀ www.innerpoweryoga.org
I’m committed to the notion that life has meaning. ⠀⠀ All life. Mine. Theirs. Ours. Yours. ⠀⠀ #onelove
Looking forward to a day when this post will be irrelevant... ⠀⠀ 💫 I’ve been shamed for my big luscious booty ...and for drinking wine in the afternoon. 🍷 ⠀⠀ I’ve been shamed for my confidence and red lipstick ...and for giving reverence to the moon. 🌓 ⠀⠀ I’ve been judged for ordering fish in my sushi and for having a size 10 shoe. ⠀⠀ I’ve been shamed for calling myself Shakti, like it’s a criminal thing to do. (🙏🏼 reverence for my teachers). ⠀⠀ I’ve been condemned for my singing voice, for my partner choice, and for nursing my child for “too long.” I’ve been told that to honor my shadow is just “pagan” and sinful and wrong. I’ve been judged for speaking my heart’s fire, and on this I will never be tamed. ...though I might be misunderstood, even shamed for not being ashamed. ⠀⠀ I just be like Taylor Swift and shake that shit right off. It doesn’t break my stride. It doesn’t piss me off. Really. ⠀⠀ But the thing that makes my heart heavy: those judgements don’t come from men. The one’s who condemn each other are often women “friends.” ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ It isn’t really surprising. We’ve been living with shame for so long. Perhaps we don’t know any other way to make ourselves feel strong. You’d think we all would just get it, after centuries of female suppression. It's time to completely abolish all this girl-on-girl oppression. I only bring this up now, to tell you one thing for certain: I will NOT DO THIS TO YOU, my sisters… ⠀⠀ not even behind the curtain. Just know I’m sending you love vibes, and blowing empowerment kisses your way….twice. Because if there is one thing I have realized, it’s that if you win, I win… so let’s play nice. ⠀⠀ FOR MY DAUGHTER (and all my girls). ⠀⠀ I love you! ⠀⠀ #sisterhood #reallifetantra #innerpoweryoga #innerpoweryogis @rrshakti @innerpower.yoga @innerpoweryogis ❤️
I remind myself: I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be Love. The more I embrace my imperfection. The more I realize the perfection of Love.
She had already been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer when we asked her: “what would you like your new granddaughter to call you?” ⠀⠀ She thought for a moment, looking skyward for inspiration. ⠀⠀ “I’ll be ‘Grandma-I-Love-You’” she made the decree...”that way every time she says my name, she’ll remember how much I love her.” ⠀⠀ “Clever,” I laughed, “but you do realize that when she calls you ‘Grandma-I-Love-You’ she will be telling YOU that she loves YOU.” ⠀⠀ She met my logic with a sly wink and a slight smile. She knew. ⠀⠀ My mama had learned to initiate her heart’s desires—to freely and shamelessly Love and claim Love. ⠀⠀ I continue to learn from her every blessed day. #mymama
For me, Arise Music Festival is synonymous with the beloved people who made the magic—the presenters who rocked the ranch (add your tag) and the creative visionaries whose dreams and hard work made it happen year after year: 🙏🏼 Paul Bassis, @tierroband @alysiaseren @ahvalenay ... ...and what about that incomparable backdrop/playground: @sunriseranch100 =sacred ground. Right about now (for the past five years!) I would be starting to envision the ARISE yoga scene—to connect with my favorite yoga teachers—to consider what I might offer this intentional community of wisdom & heart. I will miss those specific ARISE vibes in 2020...but I’m stoked to see what my friends at @instigateentertainment create next. Watch out for their future incarnations of awesome...I’ll meet you there! ONE 💗 |✌🏼| 📷@seanfboggs
What feels good? ⠀⠀ Waking up clear and bright on day one. My house is clean(!) My heart is full. No limits. I’m ready for everything...💗 ⠀⠀ #HappyNewYear #letsdoit
I offer yoga class as a ritual. ⠀⠀ It is an invitation to move consciousness beyond the routine identification with ego-personality, to realize something larger than your limitations. ⠀⠀ Yoga teachings inspire mythic imagination while alignment cues engage your body as a microcosmic symbol of transformation. You are called into the cosmic stillness, where the presence of the numinous may be experienced. ⠀⠀ Yoga is happening. ⠀⠀ I’ll meet you in Minturn: Sunday’s 9-10:15 ⠀⠀ Monday’s 5-6:30 @ The Lodge at Vail. ⠀⠀ Thursday noon-1:30 @ the Vail Athletic Club #yoga #vailcolorado #yogainvail 📷@valerylatypov
There is sacredness in all I see. When I pledge allegiance to the Mystery, when I bow—dumbstruck—to the majesty; I know my inner power.
Bastian: “Why is it so dark?” ⠀⠀ The Childlike Empress: “In the beginning, it is always dark.” ⠀⠀ My little Moonchild has been dreaming of this day for weeks. 💗 ⠀⠀ #theneverendingstory #moonchildcostume #lotusheartgirl
I’m pretty weary of “adulting” today. Sometimes ya just gotta play! ⠀⠀ Join me for a playful HALLOWEEN yoga and meditation practice tomorrow at the Vail Athletic Club: noon-1:30. ⠀⠀ ...all about comfort zones, “fear setting,” and putting that imagination of yours to good use.
I contradict myself. So do you. That is Consciousness in witness —the experience of humanness —the soul artist creating “pieces.” It’s how the universe was made. ⠀⠀ All the myriad expressions (dualities and contradictions) spring forth from one dynamic drive: ⠀⠀ Desire for witness. Desire for with-ness and connection —the remembrance of wholeness. ⠀⠀ I know that desire as LOVE.
Today is the fifth day of Diwali. This year, my little family created a petal and leaf Rangoli mandala around our altar of lights. ⠀⠀ Today we take it apart. ⠀⠀ Its leaves and pinecones are dried and crumbling. Its flowers have wilted into the table. Wind, from the windows and household activity, has convoluted its symmetry. The candle wax has melted all the way down. The value of our creation has shifted from its outward expression of beauty to an inward remembrance of LOVE. ⠀⠀ Throughout these holy days, the words of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” keep haunting me: ⠀⠀ “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” ⠀⠀ Creation cycles into dissolution. All outward expressions of glory fade. But there is a light—a LOVE—that permeates all things. It is this LOVE we return to again and again “like a refugee.” We each carry its beauty within us like a memory. Through the cycles of the seasons, it never fades away. ⠀⠀ We live it every day. ⠀⠀ 🍂 Ya Devii sarva bhuteshu kaanta rupena samsthitaa. Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha. ⠀⠀ To that God/dess who abides everywhere as radiant beauty. I bow to her again and again.
Autumn asks you to be honest: Are you balanced? ⠀⠀ Does the season have you feeling more like a tornado than a cool gentle breeze? 🌪 ⠀⠀ Vata is the combined qualities of air and space. It is the catalyst of movement. ⠀⠀ Vata inspires creative flow, new ideas, and spontaneity. When imbalanced, vata exhibits signs and symptoms of anxiety and overwhelm—qualities that can billow like a hurricane and carry you up and away into a storm of stress. ⠀⠀ Insomnia and constipation are common symptoms of excess vata. ⠀⠀ Yoga and Ayurveda offer practical solutions to balance your body and mind. ⠀⠀ Look to the elements: 🔥FIRE to warm you, 💧WATER to hydrate, 🍁EARTH to stay grounded. ⠀⠀ • Slow down and turn inward. • Establish a routine. • Eat cooked, nourishing meals. • Align with the rhythms of nature. • Create sacred boundaries for your time and energy. ⠀⠀ #vata #ayurveda #autumnwellness 📷@thirdeyevisionaries
“Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything... That’s how the light gets in.” ⠀⠀ Leonard Cohen, Anthem ⠀⠀ #newmoon #diwali #celebrationoflight
Tree branches criss-cross the magical glow of sky birds fly and golden leaves dance, then fall. Cradled in Earth, I witness it all. Life— in the bright, curious eyes of my angel. ⠀⠀ Memories from this day in 2012. Photo @dantoniophoto from 2013. ⠀⠀ #lotusheartbaby #littlelotusheart #lotusheartgirl
Yoga is relationship with the Source of life. ⠀⠀ Bhakti Yoga is a relationship with the Source of life, founded on LOVE and deep devotion. ⠀⠀ This relationship does not require scientific proof. It has no use for dogma. ⠀⠀ This relationship is nurtured by faith, connection, and celebration. It is, simply, a LOVE affair with life itself. ⠀⠀ One of my favorite practices of Bhakti Yoga is Kirtana—chanting mantra. ⠀⠀ 🔥Kirtana ignites your inner fire, illuminates your heart, and raises your vibration. ⠀⠀ 🌊 Kirtana washes you in an ocean of LOVE. ⠀⠀ Celebrate Diwali with me and bhakti soul singer: Mira Devi, in Vail CO this Sunday. ⠀⠀ Eat. Chant. Love. Kirtanam karoti. ⠀⠀ www.rrshakti.love
“Although for the most part Shiva and Parvati's marriage is portrayed as blissful and harmonious, they do occasionally argue and insult each other. ⠀⠀ According to Bengali accounts of the divine couple, Shiva is ‘an irresponsible, hemp-smoking husband who cannot look after himself. Parvati is portrayed as the long-suffering wife who complains from time to time to her mother but who always remains steadfast to her husband...’” ⠀⠀ INTERESTING! (That's all I'm going to say about that). 😉 ⠀⠀ Reference: David Kinsley, Hindu Goddesses p.44. ⠀⠀ #reallifereallove #imwithhim #reallifetantra #innerpoweryoga #innerpoweryogis #loveistheanswer
I believe in LOVE. LOVE beyond all duality— A Higher LOVE that knows no sin. A life force surrounding ever, all ways and within. It is LOVE that breathes me awake. ⠀⠀ ♾ It is not a force opposed to fear. Nor is it affection vs. hate. Its power permeates the darkness. It destroys in order to create. ♾⠀⠀ I believe in a LOVE so pervasive it includes all my smallest and deepest fears. It includes my triumphs and my tears. ...so that I can know myself with freedom and dispassion. ...I can face the world with courage and compassion. ...I can honor each notional contraction as the mother of emotional expansion in a dance of universal passion that we celebrate as fate. ♾⠀⠀ I believe I came from that LOVE. I believe you came from that LOVE, friend. And I believe we will return to that LOVE eternal again, and again, and again.
Do you know Artemis? ⠀⠀ When she was only 3 years old, she marched up to her father (who happens to be Zeus) and, with perfect clarity and unwavering intention, asked for six special boons. ⠀⠀ Those six gifts became the trademark qualities of her goddess power. And those six things have been symbols for my own personal empowerment and abundant joy. ⠀⠀ I want to share those six treasures with you. ⠀⠀ Join me in Colorado, this Sunday for the FULL HUNTER MOON GOD/DESS GATHERING. ⠀⠀ ARCHERY. NATURE. SISTERHOOD. ...and an invocation of the HUNTRESS ARCHETYPE to guide the true aim of our intentions for 2020. ⠀⠀ More info at www.rrshakti.love ⠀⠀ #fullhuntermoon #artemis #goddessgathering ⠀
You probably already know that yoga is a way of healing for your mind and body. A deep and nurturing practice can bring calm and balance to your nervous system. ⠀⠀ It can improve strength, clarity, and flexibility of both body and mind. And it creates space: space to breathe deeply, space to move freely, space to make choices. ⠀⠀ Eventually, with practice, it becomes easier and easier to navigate the challenges of the human experience. ⠀⠀ Join me tomorrow for a FREE practice at the Vail Athletic Club noon-1:30, to support World Mental Health Day. ⠀⠀ #1010 #yogaishealing
May she always delight in the absolute miracle of simply being alive. #littlelotusheart #lotusheartgirl
Is it time to explore how all you fancy people use that video story thingamajig??? ⠀⠀ I think I might try. But I’m really quite shy. I like to hide behind the written word... But there’s not as much vibration in it. Not enough “out loud” to push me to my edge. ⠀⠀ Maybe. ⠀⠀ And I’m a story teller, after all. Which means telling stories. So let’s just say I DO, hypothetically, post a video—how do I do it? And let’s just say I DO, hypothetically figure it out... ⠀⠀ Is there a particular story you might want to hear... Aloud?
In the last days of Maha Navaratri, Saraswati sings sweetly to my inner ear. She says, “Proceed, my dear.” ⠀⠀ It’s a message of perseverance. ⠀⠀ “Proceed with discernment, patience, and creative freedom. Proceed with courage and compassion. ⠀⠀ Show up fully—willing to learn. Expect a miracle at every turn...without attachment; ready to grow. ⠀⠀ ...and know that there will people who don’t understand what you say or do. They may disagree with your message. They may, quite simply, dislike you. ⠀⠀ Still, proceed. ⠀⠀ Your joy lies not in ‘success,’ but in process.” ⠀⠀ #soulartist